Supra

Cooper

John Cooper Works

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

11 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

10.2 inches

10.2 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

The Supra’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door are solid, not vented.

The Supra stops much shorter than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door:

Supra

Cooper

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Supra has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 175/65R15). The Supra’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 205/40R18).

The Supra’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s standard 65 series tires. The Supra’s tires are lower profile than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Supra has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Supra is 4 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

The Supra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s (61.1% to 38.9%). This gives the Supra more stable handling and braking.

The Supra 3.0 Premium handles at 1.07 G’s, while the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door S pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Supra 3.0 Premium is quieter than the John Cooper Works Hardtop (85 vs. 87 dB).

Passenger Space

The Supra has .8 inches more front legroom and 3.8 inches more front shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

Cargo Capacity

The Supra has a much larger trunk than the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door with its rear seat up (10.2 vs. 8.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Supra. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Supra is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Supra offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Supra, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Supra’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Cooper Hardtop 2 Door has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Smart Key System standard on the Supra allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door’s Start/Stop Switch doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

The Supra has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Cooper Hardtop 2 Door.

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