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2010 Mini 50 Camden Cooper S
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Day by Day Review: 2010 Mini 50 Camden Cooper S mini daily car reviews
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Wheeee — a go-cart! Okay, not really, but the Mini Cooper S is one of the few vehicles available in a showroom near you that feels surprisingly close to one in the handling department. Thankfully it does not feel like a go-cart on our beat-up winter streets, or it certainly would be a long week.

My tester is a 2010 Mini 50 Camden Cooper S edition. The 50 represents the 50th anniversary of the Mini brand and Camden is an new trim level for 2010. This is history doing what it always does, repeating: the Camden name is resurrected from the Mini brand’s past.

Day by Day Review: 2010 Mini 50 Camden Cooper S mini daily car reviews
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Take a base Mini Cooper S for $29,900, slap $4,500 onto the price tag and you have my tester. What do you get for that extra coin?

The big hitters are: Ray Cloth and Leather side bolstered in tech white sport seats, special 17-inch alloy wheels, badging in various locations designating the Camden upgrade, a harmon/kardon hifi sound system, a glass sunroof which spans the entire roofline, heated front seats, auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain sensor and auto headlamps and, of course, Mission Control.

The base Cooper S comes fairly loaded to start, including: automatic climate control, power windows, cruise control, traction and stability control and a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that pumps out 172hp and 177lb-ft of torque. The Cooper S is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission; my tester is thankfully equipped with the former.

2010 Mini 50 Camden Cooper S
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $34,400

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