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First Mini In 25 Years - I’D Like A Quick And Loud One

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#1 thart

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 05:27 PM

Hello everyone
My last mini was a highly modified Mayfair way, way, way back and I think I’m about to be an owner again.

My wife has been wanting a Mini for a long time and, to keep us both happy, if I get one I’d like it to be a lot more fun than our family 7-seater.

With a budget of around £10k what are the options? For example, a JCW or a Cooper with after market exhaust? I want something quick and loud but it’ll need to have some kind of valve control to quieten it down for when my wife drives it.


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 06:03 PM

Are looking for proper mini or a BMW variety?

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:52 PM

Welcome to TMF


Assuming you are not after a Bini you are in the right place


Fast and loud is certainly possible and by the time a Mini is fast, noise is usually a by product


Its not really done having a bypass on the Mini exhaust that tends to be a US V8 thing


Earplugs for the wife are a cheaper option.


For 10k a reasonably tuned Mini is possible, but these days fast Minis are no longer cheap,


a scooby is cheaper but not as much fun


Not to say injection is not tunable, but a pre 1992 Mini is [like me] simpler with no ECU to contend with so easier to modify


There are loads of options possible from a very lively 998 / 1107  a torquey 1098 / 1217 or a more rapid 1275 / 1380


Each of the above needs to be combined with some good brakes, suspsension, wheels and tyres.


Like most things Mini it's your choice

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