Mini has officially released images and specifications for its 2012 Cooper Coupe today and it stacks up as one fun machine. Built to be the quickest and most aggressive Mini in the range the Coupe is the first two-seater ever produced by the brand.
Mini’s Coupe will be available in three variants, the standard Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe and John Cooper Works Coupe (pictured).
Exterior styling is consistent with the numerous spy shots circulating online and is has similarities to the Cooper hatch but some design cues all its own. Steep A-pilars push into a short, sloping rear roofline with an integrated roof spoiler. There’s a unique-for-the-brand speed-activated boot wing at the rear while up front it’s more familiar with the same round headlights and broad blackened grille. The coupe will also get a handful of unique colours.
In the compact cabin Mini’s Coupe keeps with the rounded theme but it’s adapted to fit into the smaller body shape. Replacing the rear seat in the standard hatch is a small cargo shelf with two integrated storage bins. Space in the hatch is understandably limited but longer items can pass through the rear bulkhead into the cabin if required.
Under the bonnet all three models will use a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, matched to a six-speed manual transmission. Alternatively a six-speed automatic box is also available for the Cooper S Coupe and Cooper Coupe.
The Cooper Coupe’s entry-level mill produces 90kW of power and 160Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm, it can sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 204 kph. Fuel economy is impressive at 5.4 litres per 100 kilometers combined.
Step it up a notch to the Cooper S Coupe and you have the 1.6-litre engine uses a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct-injection to achieve an 135kW power output and 240Nm of torque at 1,600 rpm – 5,000 rpm. The S Coupe takes 6.5 seconds to reach 100km/h and has a 228 kph top speed.
The top spec John Cooper Works Coupe retunes the same engine to produce 155kW of power and 260Nm of torque from 1,850 rpm to 5,600 rpm. It needs just 6.1 seconds to reach 100km/h and wont stop till it hits a 240kph top speed.
All of the new Mini Coupes come standard with DSC stability control. JCW models also include Dynamic Traction Control with an integrated Electronic Differential Lock Control system, to allow even more driver control during sporty jaunts.
Expect more to be revealed on Mini’s Coupes shortly, with NZ pricing and availability to come at a later date.
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