MINI Speedster becoming reality

MINI | April 27th, 2009 by 10
Speedster Rendering

We haven’t really spoke about this subject before, but in the past months, there many rumors around a future MINI model. Developed under the name …

We haven’t really spoke about this subject before, but in the past months, there many rumors around a future MINI model. Developed under the name Speedster, it is targeted as being the fastest MINI’s two-seater drop-top.

MINI Speedster will be build on the Cooper Convertible platform, a common method these days in the BMW Group which helps minimize development costs by allowing components sharing.

MINI Speedster becoming reality

Speedster Rendering

The Speedster is said to have its own unique identity and becomes more of classic convertible rather than the typical MINI open-top. It is also a two-seater car, reminding us of the now defunct BMW Z3. The new concept will not lose some of the MINI distinctive elements, like the twin-central exhaust pipes or split front-grille.

Take this rumor with a grain of salt, but AutoExpress UK mentions the Speedster as being offered with a hardtop and soft-top design.

The Speedster opens the doors of a new market for MINI where the key player is the Mazda MX-5 and it’s scheduled to arrive in 2011.

[Source: AutoExpress UK ]

  • okeribok

    Will it be introduced before, or after the Z2?

  • Doug

    Yeah, it does overlap with the Z2. I never liked the boxy design of the mini, so this is cool to me, but many do, and that may erode the mini’s identity for them.

    Love those X6 wheels. Hmm— what about a Mini SUV?

  • jon H

    please…no. if this happens at least make it rwd. love the mini but cant stand fwd, especially in the S i cant engage the clutch without some front wheel spin.

  • NIKITOS www.X5.by

    Poverty car!

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  • Sue S

    I’ll be the first one on my block to have a Speedster…especially if it comes in the Hot Orange color like on the picture! Love my Mini Convertible but it’s going to be turning 6 soon…by 2012 (my dealer indicated the Speedster won’t be available until then) I’ll be looking to trade up!

  • deb

    I want.

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  • Kate

     The MINI coupe and roadster are pure genius! The symmetry of these cars reminds me of the beauty of the BMW E46 3 series body design. I can’t believe it! I never thought I would see such cute cars. So much better looking than the BMW 1 series and possibly the Audi roadster. The MINI speedster is taking it too far, though. It looks too wide for the MINI “look.” I can maybe see how the MINI roadster could be refined to look more like a Porche 365 speedster.

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