Mini Coupé and Roadster

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Mini Coupé
Mini Roadster
2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe -- 11-26-2011 front.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBMW (Mini marque)
Production2011–2015 (Coupé)
2012–2015 (Roadster)
Model years2012–2015[1]
AssemblyCowley, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Body and chassis
ClassSport compact (S)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedMini Hatch
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L I4 Prince (turbocharged petrol)
2.0 L I4 BMW N47 (turbocharged diesel)
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase97.1 in (2,466 mm)
Length146.8 in (3,729 mm)
Roadster S: 147.0 in (3,734 mm)
JCW: 148.0 in (3,759 mm)
Width66.3 in (1,684 mm)
Height54.5 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 and Mini Roadster are two-seater sports cars that were engineered and manufactured by Mini between 2011 and 2015.

The hardtop Coupé was unveiled in June 2011 and formally launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.[2] Production was shown in the 2011 documentary Megafactories.[3][4] It is the first two-seater Mini.[5] It was joined by a convertible version called 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.

In February 2015 Mini announced the end of production for both models.[6]

Coupé[edit]

The Coupé (Coupe in the US), which went on sale in the UK from 1 October 2011,[7] 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 roof is 29 mm (1.1 inches) lower than standard Mini Hatch. The rear spoiler rises automatically at speeds above 50 mph (80 km/h).[8] or with the use a toggle switch above the rear view mirror.

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,[9] and formally launched at the Detroit North American International Auto Show in January 2012.[10]

2014 MINI Cooper Roadster S

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.[11]

2014, John Cooper Works

Depending on the market, the soft top is either manually or electrically operated.[12] The electrically operated top required the driver to unlock it and then could be opened using a toggle switch above the rear view mirror. Once fully open the top would sit flat behind the driver, a significant change from the R57 Convertible, which stowed the convertible top within view above the "boot." The convertible top included a rear window but did not include a window behind the driver's door. The soft top was only available in black.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mihalascu, Dan (26 November 2014). "Mini to stop production of the Coupe and Roadster next year". carscoops.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Mini Coupe revealed". Autocar. 13 September 2011. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Mini Coupe". www.natgeotv.com. National Geographic (TV network). 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Full List of Ultimate Factories Episodes". Ranker.
  5. ^ "Mini Coupe revealed". Top Gear. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  6. ^ Joseph, Noah (12 February 2015). "Mini says goodbye to Coupe and Roadster". autoblog.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Autocar 21 June 2011". Autocar.co.uk. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  8. ^ "2012 Mini Coupe Pricing, Pictures and Video Revealed". Motor Trend. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  9. ^ Noah Joseph (15 September 2009). "Frankfurt 2009: Mini Coupe & Roadster Concepts". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  10. ^ Watson, Mat (January 2012). "Mini Roadster at Detroit". Auto Express. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  11. ^ English, Andrew (5 March 2012). "Mini Roadster review". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Mini Roadster review". What Car?. Retrieved 24 February 2012.