Mini Coupé and Roadster

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Mini Coupé & Roadster
2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe -- 11-26-2011 front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer BMW (Mini brand)
Production 2011-present (coupé)
2012-present (roadster)
Model years 2012-present
Assembly Cowley, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Body and chassis
Class Sport compact
Layout FF layout
Related Mini Hatch
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L I4 petrol
2.0 L I4 diesel
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 97.1 in (2,466 mm)
Length 146.8 in (3,729 mm)
Roadster S: 147.0 in (3,734 mm)
JCW: 148.0 in (3,759 mm)
Width 66.3 in (1,684 mm)
Height 54.5 in (1,384 mm)
JCW Convertible: 54.8 in (1,392 mm)
Roadster S: 54.7 in (1,389 mm)
Base Coupé: 54.6 in (1,387 mm)

The Mini Coupé is a sports car engineered and manufactured by the German automaker BMW. It was unveiled in June 2011 and formally launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.[1] It is the first two-seater Mini.[2] It was joined by a convertible version called the Mini Roadster in 2012 following its showing as a concept car in 2009. The Coupé is known by the internal code R58 and the Roadster by code R59.

Coupé[edit]

The Coupe, which went on sale in the UK from 1 October 2011,[3] is based on the Mini Cabriolet, but with only two seats allowing a bigger boot of 280 litres (9.9 cubic feet). The Coupé’s windscreen is angled rearwards by 13 degrees more than in the cabrio’s and the aluminium roof is 29 mm (1.1 inches) lower than standard Mini Hatch. The rear spoiler rises at speeds above 50 mph (80 km/h).[4]

Rear view of Coupé JCW

The range of the Coupé follows a similar pattern to other Mini models; featuring Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper SD and the range-topping John Cooper Works (JCW). The JCW version accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h) thanks to a turbocharged 208 bhp (155 kW; 211 PS) 1,598 cc four-cylinder. The Cooper SD is a 2.0 L turbo diesel producing 141 bhp (105 kW; 143 PS) available in some markets. All are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox with the option of automatic on all but the JCW.

Roadster[edit]

A 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster

The Mini Roadster is the convertible version of the Coupé and was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009 as a concept,[5] and formally launched at the Detroit North American International Auto Show in January 2012.[6]

The range of models and engines mirrors the Mini Coupé with a range of 1.6 L petrol engines in various levels of power and a 2.0 L diesel engine offered in some markets.[7] Depending on the market, the soft top is either manually or partially electrically operated.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mini Coupe revealed". Autocar. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mini Coupe revealed". Top Gear. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Autocar 21 June 2011". Autocar.co.uk. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "2012 Mini Coupe Pricing, Pictures and Video Revealed". Motor Trend. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Noah Joseph (15 September 2009). "Frankfurt 2009: Mini Coupe & Roadster Concepts". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Watson, Mat (January 2012). "Mini Roadster at Detroit". Auto Express. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  7. ^ English, Andrew (5 March 2012). "Mini Roadster review". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mini Roadster review". What Car?. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official website