Mini has released the first official details of its forthcoming Coupé model – the first two-seat Mini ever.
The official images show plenty of regular Mini design cues, but pre-production camouflage graphics keep us from seeing too much of the Coupé’s sweeping roof design.
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Mini Coupé: fastest Mini ever
That aside, Mini is proving quite forthcoming with info ahead of the Coupé’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.
Initially it will be offered in four guises. The petrol options are 120bhp 1.6-litre petrol Cooper, 181bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol Cooper S, and 208bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol John Cooper Works. The only diesel choice is the Cooper SD, which uses the same 141bhp 2.0-litre turbo unit as the other recently introduced Mini SD variants.
The John Cooper Works (or ‘JCW’) version becomes the fastest Mini ever, with a 149mph top speed and a 0-62mph time of 6.4 seconds (the JCW Mini hatchback manages the benchmark sprint in 6.5 seconds). Yet Mini still claims fuel economy of 39.8mpg and 165g/km CO2 emissions.
In its own way, the Cooper SD is even more impressive. It offers a claimed 65.7mpg and 114g/km CO2, while still recording 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds and a 134mph top speed.
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Even more fun to drive
Mini says the new Coupé will be even more fun to drive than the rest of the range, as befits a two-seat sporting model.
Promising additional chassis stiffness, as well as precise electric power steering, the Coupé will come with Dynamic Stability Control as standard and offer the option of Electronic Differential Locking Control (EDLC) for faster cornering speeds (standard on the JCW). Mini has also worked to shift the weight balance forward to aid traction, and says the car will feature ‘innovative pedestrian protection systems’.
Helping to stabilise the car at speed is a rear spoiler that automatically raises at 50mph to compliment the fixed spoiler attached to the trailing edge of the ‘helmet roof’. Yes, that’s really what Mini calls it.
The two-seat interior also means increased amounts of boot space, which is accessed by a ‘wide and extremely high-opening tailgate’.
There’s no word on pricing just yet – expect more details in time for the Frankfurt show in September – but the new Mini Coupé is expected to reach UK dealerships in October.
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