BMW & MINI have said it once before and will say it again and again. The S does not mean anything. The liked the design of the S because it looked like a sweeping road. Anyway it can be interepted as Sport or Supercharged. But it means nothing.
The "S" can't mean supercharged since the original Mini Cooper S wasn't supercharged. Closest it can be is probably "sport". But I think it really doesn't stand for anything, just something to tack on at the end to distinguish it.
If someone thinks that 'S' stands for supercharger, then they'll have to change their opinion when the supercharger is replaced by a turbocharger in the next engine. Or will MINI call it a 'T'. Hardly think so.
Driving a MINI is like Making Love to a Beautiful Woman ...
You`ve first got to check its Clean, Caressing the bodywork, giving every Inch of it your loving attention and make sure you've got a nice wet sponge, before makng slow circular movements around any Blemishes.
Gently open its Doors & squeeze inside, being carefull not to scratch the Leather, as you get into a comfortable position.
Check the Knob is in Neutral by pushing it from side to side, before easing it into position for a Smooth take off.
Insert the Key & Twist it, just long enough for her engine to throb into Life
Push your foot down an inch or two at first, & then All the way as you feel it penetrate the air
If you feel yourself Coming close too an early Accident by nudging too close to Danger, then Hold on Tight particularly if it's a rear-ender and pray you make contact with her twin
airbags as soon as possible.
Most (almost all) of the books and documents I've seen on the Minis past show the original Cooper S was S for Special. There was a "Super" but that's something else. I've also seen it called Cooper Sport by those who were around "at the time". I would say Special is the most accurate and widely quoted definition.
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