BMW Group Reveals Official Details on MINI Coupe
By Carl Malek
BMW Group has released the official details on the soon-to-be-released MINI Cooper Coupe. The company claims that the MINI Coupe is a model that has been bestowed with “go kart like handling” which has become a signature selling point of the brand’s recent models. Unfortunately MINI chose to feature a prototype vehicle in the official photos that still sports a disguise in the rear, which makes any final judgments on the styling very difficult. Despite this final bit of camouflage, the majority of the design that is visible is quite handsome and it also makes the coupe look much more aggressive than its fellow MINI siblings. MINI also says that the new coupe is going to be a class leader in the sport compact segment, but whether the MINI Cooper Coupe can live up to this bold claim or help increase the brand’s slow sales remains to be seen.
Mechanically, the MINI coupe will be very similar to its other MINI siblings. This means a wide range of engines that will help the coupe cater to a wide range of consumer tastes. Base models will use the same 1.6 liter naturally aspirated four cylinder that is also found in MINI’s other models. Good for 121 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque, it can help the entry level coupe reach 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 127 mph. Mid level Coupe S models will utilize the familiar turbocharged version of the same engine, with output of 181 horsepower and sporting a 6.5 second 0 to 60 time. Topping out the model range is the John Cooper Works model. Designed to be flogged on the track as well as carving up the local driving roads, This spirited little racer produces 208 screaming horses from its reworked 1.6 four banger and can reach 60 mph in 6.1 seconds before topping out at a brisk 149 mph. For folks that want an alternative to petrol powered powerplants, the MINI Cooper SD Coupe and its 2.o liter 141 horsepower diesel engine should be up to the task of meeting the needs of these customers with ease. Regardless of what powerplant customers choose, the power can be transmitted to the road through either a standard 6 speed manual gearbox or an optional 6 speed automatic which is available on all MINI Cooper Coupe variants except for the JCW Coupe. The JCW model will be offered with a manual transmission only.
There is no official word at this time on how much customers will have to officially pay to buy a new MINI Cooper Coupe, or on the status of availability. Despite these unknown facts, the MINI Cooper Coupe does look quite promising and it should help MINI bring more customers to their showrooms especially customers that want a small, affordable, and fun two door coupe.