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MINI adds a roadster to the range


January 28, 2012

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The MINI continued its remarkable evolution overnight with the news there will be a sixth derivative of the breed, this one likely to set the hearts of enthusiasts beating with anticipation - the first open-top two-seater in its history. Simply remove the manual soft-top roof for open air sports car exhilaration, topped off with the MINI's sophisticated chassis technology and low centre of gravity.

The range-topper of the new series is the twin-turbo, 237 km/h (147 mph), 155 kW (211 bhp) MINI John Cooper Works Roadster.

The car has a full complement of driver enhancement technologies - Electric Power Steering, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), and an active rear spoiler that extends above 80 km/h (50 mph). Not bad for a car that returns 38.7 mpg (7.3 litres/100 kilometres)

The practicality of the MINI Roadster in comparison to traditional two-seater sports cars will be one of the key selling features. Most two-seaters simply do not cater for anything more than spartan luggage carrying capacity, and not everyone wants to go on holidays with a toothbrush and one change of clothes.

MINI has made the most of the extra space saved by the removal of the two rear seats, with a useful through-loading system and a wide-opening tailgate.

The new Roadster can also be had as MINI Cooper S Roadster with 135 kW/184 bhp, MINI Cooper Roadster with 90 kW/122 bhp, and MINI Cooper SD Roadster with 105 kW/143 bhp


Great! Now, if someone would re-introduce the TR6...

William Lanteigne

With the roadster, I think the Mini has gone to the max in coolness. :)


Another ugly fashion item. The BMW Mini is an insult to the original.

The original was innovative and cheap to buy and run. The BMW Mini is none of that it\'s not even mini in size but actually bigger and heavier than many small cars. Look at the pictures the Mini is so big it makes the driver look small!

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