The long and the short of the Mini Coupé
FORGIVE the artful disguise: this slightly obscured car is the next BMW Mini, the MINI Coupé.
The curiously styled two-seater is being built at Oxford for sale in October. Claimed to “indulge the keen driver with a level of agility unmatched in the small car segment”, it will be available with the Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works petrol engines and the newly launched Cooper SD diesel unit.
BMW says it has the best performance figures of any model in the MINI line-up. However, because it is the same length and width as the hatchback, though 1.1 inches lower, performance details are virtually identical. Example, the Mini Cooper Coupé with 122ps delivers 0-62mph in nine seconds, 127mph maximum, 52.3mpg and 127g/km CO2. Gears are six manual, with a six-speed auto offered on all bar the Works engine.
The “helmet roof” has an active rear spoiler to “optimise airflow” at higher speeds and extends automatically at 50 mph.
There is luggage capacity behind the seats, throughloaded from the boot proper which is reached by a wide, high-lift tailgate.
BMW notes: “New pedestrian protection systems and measures to enhance body rigidity shift the car’s weight balance slightly further forward, giving the frontwheel-drive MINI Coupé optimised traction.”
Prices will be announced on June 21, by when noncamo pictures will be available.
BMW Group announced on Thursday another £500m investment in its UK production network over the next three years and confirmed that the UK will be a “production location” for its next-generation MINI models. The next is the Mini Roadster, in 2012.
HOT SHOT: BMW’s latest Mini is said to have the best performance figures of any models in the line-up.