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First Drive: 2010 Mini Cooper Convertible

Blind Love.

by on Aug.10, 2009

Love is blind, especially if you can overlook the 2010 Mini Cooper S Convertible's distinct lack of rear visibility - even with the top down.

Love is blind, especially if you can overlook the 2010 Mini Cooper S Convertible's distinct lack of rear visibility - even with the top down.

Sometimes you just have to look the other way – quite literally, in the case of the 2010 Mini Cooper S Convertible.

It’s been perfect weather for driving al fresco, in Detroit, these last few days.  The cool, spring-like rains have finally yielded to the sort of steamy heat that marks a normally humid Midwest summer.  So, I’ve looked for every opportunity, this last week, to clock time on the ’10 Mini’s quirky “Openmeter.”

Small is beautiful!

Small is beautiful!

For those not familiar with the latest incarnation of the Cooper S Convertible, it’s a clock that begins ticking each time you roll the canvas top down.  Within just a couple days, I had already logged 6 hours and was approaching 60 minutes.  What would happen when I maxed out, I wondered.  Simple, it turned out, the useless, if appealing little toy simply reset and started over.  No fireworks.  But there are, apparently, prizes for those who log the most hours on a special Mini Open website.

The ragtop doesn't fold down quite flat enough, limiting visibility out of the rear mirror.

The ragtop doesn't fold down quite flat enough, limiting visibility out of the rear mirror.

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