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Why The R53 Mini Cooper S Is the Best Sounding Hot Hatch

Today the Mini Copper S is just another hot hatch, but in the early 2000s, it was special. This retro inspired quirky hatchback was exciting, it sold well, and more importantly, it sounded amazing. Today hot hatches are force fed air by turbos, but the R53 Mini Cooper S was different. This minuscule hot hatch used a roots type supercharger to cramp more air into its four tiny cylinders.

Currently, Dodge’s Hellcats offer a proper supercharged engine sound. However, only a few short years ago a cute little hatchback did it better. Sure the Hell Cat has twice the cylinders and way more than double the horsepower but it can’t hold a candle to the R53 Mini Cooper S. Aural enjoyment is subjective. I can’t tell you what sounds best, although that’s what this article is about. However, we can all agree the R53 Mini Cooper S sounds unique. In today’s world of muted turbo engines, a supercharger is a welcomed change of pace. The whine of a supercharger is far more special than the whoosh of a turbo that can be heard in almost any car.

Although the Mini of today only makes supersized knockoffs of a once popular English hatchback, the original revival was true to its heritage. The R53 mini was a mini Mini Cooper with the quirks and personality to match. Today these huge bastardizations of a Mini Cooper may fill the showrooms but let us never forget the original remake. The Supercharged hot hatch the sounded like a supercar.

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About Chris Okula - Contributor

Chris was raised on Top Gear and automotive magazines, which still dominate most of his free time today (he is not a fan of the new TopGear). After he graduated from Desales University, Chris started his career in the pharmaceutical industry, but missed writing which lead him to the creation of his own automotive blog. This blog lead him to work with Road & Track and now as a contributor here at Shifting Lanes. In his free time, Chris is constantly on the popular automotive auction site, Bring a Trailer, as well as Craigslist looking for ways to destroy his savings account and skip student loan payments.

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