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New MINI Coupé Revealed

BMW have announced that the MINI range is growing with the launch of the 2-seater MINI Coupé.

Available with only the most powerful MINI engines – both petrol and diesel – the Coupé has been engineered to give go-kart-like handling alongside the best performance of any volume-produced MINI.

Whilst the front-wheel drive MINI has been designed with the emphasis on fun and driver involvement – the petrol-engined Cooper S can reach 149mph – it can also be frugal, with the diesel model returning up to 65mpg (4.3 litres per100km).

The distinctive ‘flat’ silhouette ‘helmet roof’ are the most visible changes to the MINI’s look and make it instantly recognisable and distinguish it from other MINI models. It also features an integral roof spoiler and an active rear spoiler to smooth airflow at higher speeds, which rises automatically when the car reaches 50mph (80km/h) and drops down flush again when the speed drops to 37mph (60 km/h).

The high-opening tailgate and large luggage area mean that the MINI Coupé can also accommodate large loads or sports equipment, making it ideal for touring, skiing or just going to the golf course.

The six-speed manual gearbox is standard but the MINI Cooper S Coupé, MINI Cooper Coupé and MINI Cooper SD Coupé can be ordered with a six-speed automatic. Other standard equipment includes Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, whilst DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) is optional on all models except the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé, which is fitted with it as standard.

No prices or undisguised photographs of the new MINI Coupé have been released yet but it should be available in the UK in August 2011, Europe shortly afterwards, and the US from the autumn.

Also available in the MINI range are the hatchback as well as convertible and the Clubman estate models. A Roadster Convertible, based on the Coupé is due to be announced shortly.

Engine Variants:

MINI John Cooper Works Coupé:

  • Four-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, plus 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 1,700 – 4,500 rpm);
  • Acceleration: 0–62 mph: 6.4 seconds;
  • Top speed: 149 mph;
  • Average fuel consumption according to EU standard: 39.8 mpg (7.1 litres per 100 kilometres);
  • CO2 emissions: 165 g/km.

MINI Cooper S Coupé:

  • Four-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC 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 1,700 – 4,500 rpm);
  • Acceleration: 0–62 mph: 6.9 seconds;
  • Top speed: 143 mph;
  • Average fuel consumption according to EU standard: 48.7 mpg (5.8 litres per 100 kilometres);
  • CO2 emissions: 136 g/km.

MINI Cooper Coupé:

  • 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: 0–62 mph: 9.0 seconds;
  • Top speed: 127 mph;
  • Average fuel consumption according to EU standard: 52.3 mpg (5.4 litres per 100 kilometres);
  • CO2 emissions: 127 g/km.

MINI Cooper SD Coupé:

  • Four-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common-rail injection and variable turbine geometry.
  • 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: 0–62 mph: 7.9 seconds;
  • Top speed: 134 mph;
  • Average fuel consumption according to EU standard: 65.7 mpg (4.3 litres per 100 kilometres);
  • CO2 emissions: 114 g/km.

Exterior dimensions:

  • Length: 3,728 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Coupé;
  • MINI John Cooper Works Coupé: 3,734 millimetres);
  • Width: 1,683 millimetres;
  • Height: 1,378 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Coupé;
  • MINI John Cooper Works Coupé: 1,384 millimetres);
  • Wheelbase: 2,467 millimetres

About Carlton Boyce

Carlton Boyce
Carlton Boyce is a freelance journalist and photographer covering all aspects of the motoring industry.

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