Mini vs Porsche…Wait, What?

By | June 10, 2010

You heard that right – Mini called out Porsche today when it announced a challenge between the new Cooper S and the 911 Carrera S. We also thought it pretty crazy. The proposed challenge will be rocking the casbah on June 21, right by the Porsche NA headquarters, so they won’t have any excuse to play absentee. Here’s the video from Mini:

We went ahead and broke down the stats for you:

Mini Cooper S vs Porsche Carrera SMini Cooper S

172 hp inline 4
0-60: 7.1 seconds
Top speed: 140 mph

Posche Carrera S vs Mini Cooper SPorsche Carrera S

385 hp v6
0-60: 4.7 seconds
Top speed: 182

So, judge for yourself. Can any amount of driving make up for 200hp and 2 ½ seconds to 60? As for us at the DailyDerbi, we declare shenanigans! This just reeks of a publicity stunt. Of course the Porsche will win (unless, of course, Mini sabotages the Porsche, but unlikely considering the amount of press). What does Mini stand to gain from a royal tush whooping? Mini will have had a track presence with Porsche, and that says something for performance. Also, we think Mini might be able to push the track times something like, “Cooper S came in only 5 seconds later than the Carrera S”. For the lay man that doesn’t understand that 5 seconds is a LONG time in racing, potential customers might say to themselves that being 5 seconds behind a Porsche is a good deal at $21k.

There does stand a chance, of course, that Mini has already compared at the track, and it actually thinks the Cooper S will win.

So chime in and let us know what you think – publicity stunt or calculated comparison?
[AJ | MiniUSA]

UPDATE: Porsche turned down Mini’s offer. Some douchey statement about how they didn’t want to play into Mini’s PR campaign. A shame since it would just make Porsche look better.


Blake on June 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm.

Item 1: I’m guessing they would put their fastest car on the track which would be a JCW MINI Cooper, they’re pushing 210 hp, top speed is about the same at 147, 0-60 is 6.2, you can see other specs here Also it depends on the track, obviously if it’s a straighter track they’re going to get pounded but if it was a very curvy track it would be a bit more reasonable.

Item 2: They already said no, (second link:

I wish they would have gone with it. It makes them seems like losers by not even attempting it. Quite sad.

Blake on June 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm.

Also there is this:

Classic Mini VS Porsche 911

A nod to the giant BP symbol in the middle of the course, oh BP, you kill me… and fish.

wilcoxaj on June 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm.

Blake, you’re so right! I think Porsche’s response was all kinds of douchebaggery. Ahh well. BP does indeed kill fish.

FB_1234097888 on June 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm.

I think it comes down to this: 5 seconds may be a lot in racing time, but is that 5 seconds worth $60,000 to most people?

Hell no.

AJ on June 11, 2010 at 2:14 am.

Agreed! A Porsche would be a sweet machine, but the 911s are underpowered and overpriced, and leave me feeling underwhelmed.

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