2012 MINI Cooper Roadster unveiled [video]

The modern-day Miata

MINI has officially revealed the 2012 Cooper Roadster.

Essentially a production version of the MINI Roadster concept, it "embodies unadulterated sportiness" and "irresistible charisma." The overall design echoes the MINI Coupe, but the Roadster has a manual soft top and a more striking silhouette. Notable highlights include a steeply raked windscreen, stainless steel roll bars and an active rear spoiler which deploys at 80 km/h (50 mph).

Inside, the cabin is instantly recognizable thanks to a center-mounted speedometer, a wide dashboard and circular air vents. The boot only holds 240 liters (8.5 cubic feet) of luggage, but a pass-through opening enhances practicality.

The entry-level model features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 122 PS (90 kW /121 hp) and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque. As you'd expect, it's a tad slow as the dash to 100 km/h takes 9.2 seconds and the top speed is 199 km/h (124 mph). On the upside, the car averages 5.7 L/100km (49.6 mpg imp /41.3 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 133 g/km.

Next up, the MINI Cooper S Roadster is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the convertible to run from 0-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds, before topping out at 227 km/h (141 mph). It averages 6.0 L/100km (47.1 mpg imp / 39.2 mpg US) and emits 139 g/km.

The JCW also has a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, but it produces 211 PS (155 kW / 208 hp) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 237 km/h (147 mph). In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 7.3 L/100km (38.7 mpg imp / 32.2 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 169 g/km.

Lastly, the Cooper SD has a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine with 143 PS (105 kW / 141 hp) and 305 Nm (225 lb-ft) of torque.  It enables the car to run from 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds, before maxing out at 212 km/h (132 mph). Thankfully, it returns 4.5 L/100km (62.8 mpg imp / 52.3 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 118 g/km.

Source: MINI

The MINI Roadster.
At a glance.

• MINI is pushing ahead with the rigorous expansion of its model family. The latest addition to the range is the MINI Roadster, the sixth model in the brand's current line-up and the first open-top two-seater in its history. Cutting-edge, typically MINI interpretation of the compact, two-seater sports car concept with manually-opening soft-top roof; first premium car of its kind in the small car segment; unique package appealing to demanding target groups with a penchant for elegant sportiness, spontaneous open-top driving fun and irresistible design; inspiring handling fuelled by powerful engines and sophisticated chassis technology; unrivalled scope for individualisation.

• Faithful reproduction of the MINI design language within the proportions of a roadster; clear focus on two-seat design and open-air driving experience; sporting charisma, with short overhangs, powerful over-the-wheel stance and high waistline typical of MINI; unmistakable design features and hallmark details underline the car's brand identity.

• Three-box body structure with a strikingly stepped rear end; elegantly sweeping roadster look thanks to heavily raked A-pillars and a waistline rising up slightly along the length of the body towards the flat rear end; stands more than 20 millimetres lower than the MINI Convertible; manually operated soft-top roof with straightforward mechanism for spontaneous, rapid opening and closing.

• Full-blooded go-kart feeling and outstanding safety levels thanks to bespoke chassis set-up, low centre of gravity, torsionally rigid body and optimised aerodynamic properties; Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) optional (standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster); roll-over bars in polished stainless steel; active rear spoiler extends automatically at 80 km/h (50 mph); MINI John Cooper Works Roadster with standard John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit.

• Focused two-seater concept with stowage area behind the driver and passenger seats, through-loading system and 240-litre luggage area; wide-opening tailgate for comfortable loading; optional: wind protection insert between the roll-over bars.

• Latest-generation four-cylinder engines; most powerful petrol and diesel units in the MINI line-up; MINI TwinPower Turbo technology; MINI John Cooper Works Roadster with 155 kW/211 hp, MINI Cooper S Roadster with 135 kW/184 hp, MINI Cooper Roadster with 90 kW/122 hp, MINI Cooper SD Roadster with 105 kW/143 hp; exemplary efficiency thanks to MINIMALISM technology.

• Bespoke colour and materials concept for upholstery, exterior mirrors, trim elements and Colour Lines; exclusive MINI Yours options and Sport Stripes in contrasting colour provide further individualisation; high-quality standard equipment including speed-sensitive steering assistance, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, Park Distance Control, air conditioning (MINI Cooper S Roadster, MINI Cooper SD Roadster, MINI John Cooper Works Roadster) and audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection; options include black headlight housing, xenon Adaptive Headlights, Comfort Access, automatic climate control and the Always Open Timer; wide range of entertainment and communications options: Harman Kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system, MINI navigation system, MINI Connected features including Driving Excitement app, web radio, Google services, RSS news feeds, Mission Control, and in-car use of Facebook and Twitter.

• Engine variants:

MINI John Cooper Works Roadster:
Four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology and numerous technological details carried over directly from motor sport.
Displacement: 1,598 cc, output: 155 kW/211 hp at 6,000 rpm,
max. torque: 260 Nm/192 lb-ft at 1,850 - 5,600 rpm (280 Nm/207 lb-ft with Overboost at 2,000 - 5,100 rpm). Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 6.5 seconds, top speed: 237 km/h (147 mph). Average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.3 litres/100 kilometres (38.7 mpg imp), CO2 emissions: 169 g/km.

MINI Cooper S Roadster:
Four-cylinder petrol engine with
MINI TwinPower Turbo technology. Displacement: 1,598 cc,
output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm/177 lb-ft at 1,600 - 5,000 rpm (260 Nm/192 lb-ft with Overboost at 1,730 - 4,500 rpm). Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 7.0 seconds,
top speed: 227 km/h (141 mph). Average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (47.1 mpg imp), CO2 emissions: 139 g/km.

MINI Cooper Roadster:
Four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group's VALVETRONIC technology. Displacement: 1,598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 hp at 6,000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm/118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm. Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 9.2 seconds, top speed: 199 km/h (124 mph). Average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.7 litres/100 kilometres (49.6 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions: 133 g/km.

MINI Cooper SD Roadster:
Four-cylinder turbodiesel with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology. Displacement: 1,995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm/225 lb-ft at 1,750 - 2,700 rpm. Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 8.1 seconds,
top speed: 212 km/h (132 mph). Average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (62.8 mpg imp), CO2 emissions: 118 g/km.

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Comments (6)

vilivo vilivo
I disagree with the sub- heading. I think the modern day MX5/Miata is the modern day Miata... I mean, Mazda have been doing right by that model, so its not time to write it off and name a successor from another manufacturer quite yet :)
Nov 1st, 2011 12:18am
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I see your point and you're right but Mazda should have majorly redesigned the Miata to keep it hot. Despite being great it kind of faded out of being cool after 2 whole decades.
Nov 1st, 2011 7:32am
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M! M!
the coupe is better looking in person than in pictures, i can imagine this roadster would be very sleek as well. the raked windshield really make the design flow.
Oct 31st, 2011 9:25pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Real nice. It looks a whole lot better without the baseball cap roof.
Oct 31st, 2011 7:34pm
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Very nice city toy with good engines.
Oct 31st, 2011 5:05pm
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carfan carfan
Modern mini's are not mini anymore... The lights barely fit between the grille and the wheels lol
Oct 31st, 2011 4:54pm
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