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Pre-Production Mini Coupe Pricing And Pics, Oh My

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On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 8:44AM | By: Chris Salamone


Pre-Production Mini Coupe Pricing And Pics, Oh My

A full seven months prior to production, Mini has released loads of pictures and statistics about the upcoming two-seater Mini Coupe. Although we saw official teaser photos earlier this month of a seemingly camouflaged pre-production vehicle, these new pics claim to be actual photos of the Mini Coupe which is expected to land on US soil this fall; and timing couldn’t be better. Since the contemporary version of the Mini Cooper hit the consumer market it seems like these once-cheeky clown cars just keep getting more expensive, less fun, and let’s be honest—less Mini.

However, this new coupe looks to draw from some of the grandeur of days past with decidedly less volume and a reasonable, albeit still high, price tag. In the United States, the Coupe will come in all three currently available trim levels: Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, and the John Cooper Works Coupe.

The base model starts with an MSRP of $22,000, the mid-level Cooper S begins at $25,300, and the John Cooper Works package brings the coupe up to $31,900.

Interestingly, while engine options are basically carried over from the current Mini lineup, the Coupe will have one major difference compared to its more girthsome relatives—the suspension sits an inch lower. While this Mini won’t be traveling any faster, a stiffer ride might provide an illusion of speed sufficient to justify the extra bucks spent on fewer doors.

The top-of-the-line John Cooper Works model is powered by a turbocharged 1.6 L direct injection four-cylinder engine and six-speed gearbox. Mini claims the JCW coupe model is the “fastest accelerating Mini (with) the highest top speed” producing a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.

As most people are well aware, German car companies don’t usually throw in too many standard features. The Mini lineup is no exception, leaving many of the more desirable amenities to purchase at extra expense. Some standard features are electric power steering, stability control, and park distance control. Options are virtually limitless, but some of the more interesting are adaptive headlamps and dynamic traction control with electronic differential lock control.

What’s the takeaway? Looking through the 2012 Mini Coupe pictures, it’s easy to see why someone would buy this car. It’s a pretty neat little coupe, the price is somewhat reasonable, and the storage isn’t too bad—you could probably fit a couple large objects such as snowboards/skis through the trunk portal and into the interior cabin. Overall, the Coupe is a step in a more-Mini direction.


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