Mini has released full details of its new Coupé model, with prices starting at £16,640.
The new Mini Coupé is based on the same platform as the regular Mini hatchback, but features striking ‘helmet’ roof styling, the promise of even sportier handling, and just two seats.
What does the new Mini Coupé face in terms of competition? Find out by reading our sports/convertibles reviews.
New Mini Coupé: fastest Mini ever
The New Mini comes in four familiar flavours: Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper SD and range-topping John Cooper Works.
The entry-level Cooper is powered by a 120bhp 1.6-litre petrol, and reaches 62mph in 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 127mph. The Cooper SD is a 141bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel capable of 62mph in 7.9 seconds and 134mph. The Cooper S is a 1.6 turbo petrol with 181bhp, 0-62mph in 6.9 and 142mph top speed.
However, the star of the show is undoubtedly the John Cooper Works. With its 208bhp 1.6 turbo petrol, this becomes the fastest ‘volume production’ Mini ever, capable of 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and 149mph.
Every version of the new Mini Coupé is equipped with ‘Minimalism’ fuel-saving technology, including start-stop, gearshift indicator, brake energy regeneration – making it the cleanest coupé on the market according to its makers. The SD version emits just 114g/km CO2, while returning a claimed 65.7mpg.
Helmet roof and active aerodynamics
The looks are certainly striking – clearly Mini, but also dynamically different to highlight the Coupé’s overtly sporting pretensions.
Key features include the steeply raked windscreen – now angled back a further 13 degrees to improve the aerodynamics – and the ‘helmet’ roof, which seems to look much better in a contrast colour than it did in camouflaged pictures earlier this month.
The roof features a fixed spoiler in its trailing edge, but the Coupé also has an active spoiler above the boot, making it the first Mini to ever use such a device. This rises automatically at 50mph to stabilise the airflow at speed, and retracts again at 37mph – but can also be activated via a switch in the cabin.
The Coupé’s external dimensions are basically identical to those of the Mini Hatch – except for the roofline, which is 29mm lower. To compensate, the interior headlining features oval cutouts to increase headroom. The inside is otherwise similar to the regular Mini, but with just two seats and 280 litres of luggage space – 20 litres more than the Mini Clubman estate.
Read the full review of the Mini Clubman estate.
Stiffer and sharper
Under the skin, Mini has been busy stiffening the Coupé’s structure and re-tuning the suspension for even sharper handling.
The extra strengthening has resulted in increased weight over the front wheels – said to improve traction – while new dampers, springs and anti-rollbars are also fitted. These can be upgraded further with an optional Sport suspension package, or to even greater extremes with John Cooper Works suspension, that also lowers the car by 10mm.
Standard equipment includes a Sport button for sharper throttle response, air conditioning, alloy wheels, DAB digital radio, parking sensors, three-spoke leather sports steering wheel and stripes on the bodywork. You also get an ‘innovative’ self-adjusting clutch, designed to maintain correct pedal feel right through the car’s life.
As usual with Mini, a wide range of personalisation options will be available.
Read all of our Mini reviews to see where the new Mini Coupé fits in.
On sale October
Pricing starts at £16,640 for the Mini Cooper Coupé – compared to £14,780 for the equivalent Mini hatch.
£19,775 secures you a Cooper S Coupé, it’s £20,510 for the Cooper SD Coupé, and £23,795 for the John Cooper Works Coupé. Keeping in mind the cheapest Audi TT coupé you can buy starts at £27,140, the Mini could prove an interesting, downsized alternative (Volkswagen’s Scirocco starts at £19,575).
The new Mini Coupé is on sale 1st October 2011. Interested? You’ll probably want to join the queue now…
Considering buying a Mini Coupé? Use our Buying a new car guide for advice.
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