Mini is continuing to expand its model family. The latest addition to the range is the Mini Roadster, this convertible variant is the sixth model in the brand’s current line-up and the first open-top two-seater in its history.
The two-seater features a manually-opening soft-top roof and plenty of unique packaging to appeal to Mini fans. As you’d expect it offers the high-handling abilities expected of a Mini and broad scope for individualisation.
The three-box body structure has a stepped rear end and a 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. The Roadster sits 20 millimetres lower than the standard Mini Convertible.
The Roadster pushing its handling credentials with a bespoke chassis set-up, low centre of gravity, torsionally rigid body and optimised aerodynamic properties. Electronic tech includes Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) optional. There’s also roll-over bars in polished stainless steel and an active rear spoiler that extends automatically at 80 km/h.
Behind the driver and passenger seats there is a stowage area with a through-loading system and a 240-litre luggage area.
In terms of power the Roadster receives Mini’s latest-generation four-cylinder engines. There’s two options with both using twin-turbocharging. There’s the Mini John Cooper Works Roadster with 155 kW of power and the Mini Cooper S Roadster with 135 kW.
View some specifications on the NZ-bound Mini Roadsters below, expect details on pricing and availability to be released shortly.
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 at 6,000 rpm.
Max. torque: 260 Nm at 1,850 – 5,600 rpm (280 Nm with Overboost at 2,000 – 5,100 rpm).
Acceleration 0–100 km/h : 6.5 seconds.
Top speed: 237 km/h.
Average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.3 litres/100 kilometres.
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 at 5,500 rpm.
Max. torque: 240 Nm at 1,600 – 5,000 rpm (260 Nm with Overboost at 1,730 – 4,500 rpm).
Acceleration 0–100 km/h : 7.0 seconds. Top speed: 227 km/h.
Average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres.
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km.