Munich. If Hamburgers are drawn to the Baltic Sea beach, they can first follow the signs to Berlin. The Autobahn 24 not only leads to the capital, but also forms the first stage for a particularly scenic route to Lübeck and from there on to the sea.
After about 40 kilometres of driving through eastern Schleswig-Holstein, it’s time to switch from the modern-day expressway to the old salt road, especially behind the wheel of the MINI Cooper S 5-door (fuel consumption combined: 6.8 – 6.2 l/100 km according to WLTP, 6.5 – 6.3 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 154 – 141 g/km according to WLTP, 149 – 144 g/km according to NEDC), which can show off its brand-typical agility much better on winding country roads. The historic trade route north is therefore the ideal terrain for driving pleasure on the way to the coast.
The cockpit display and central instrument light up in “Sport” colour mode, the newly designed sports leather steering wheel fits perfectly in the hand, and the four-cylinder turbo engine with 131 kW/178 hp responds spontaneously to every movement of the accelerator. So it’s a brisk drive past green meadows and lush fields through the sparsely populated countryside to Mölln, a small town in the district of Herzogtum Lauenburg, surrounded by lakes and known as the home of Till Eulenspiegel. The literary figure goes back to a roving prankster who allegedly teased his fellow men with all kinds of pranks in the 14th century.
The second stop on the tour is also surrounded by lakes. Ratzeburg is also known as the island city. A few hundred steps, in any direction, are all it takes for visitors to reach the water’s edge. The Ratzeburg Cathedral is well worth seeing and is one of northern Germany’s oldest Romanesque brick buildings. Right next door, in a baroque manor house, the dukes of Mecklenburg once resided. The town is known to sports fans for the Ratzeburger Achter. At the local rowing club, coaching legend Karl Adam laid the foundation for the German Eight, the flagship of the German Rowing Association, which has repeatedly achieved great success at the Olympic Games and World Championships since the 1960s.
The route continues along the lakeshore towards Lübeck. On the drive through Grönauer Heide, you can also enjoy the benefits of the new adaptive suspension in the MINI Cooper S 5-door. Frequency-selective damping now ensures an optimised balance between sportiness and ride comfort.
The go-kart feeling typical of the brand can be felt in every bend. At the same time, an additional valve ensures extremely fast adjustment of the damping forces so that the harmonious driving characteristics are not disturbed even by bumps in the road surface.