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MINI Coupe and Roadster spied together

Spy Photos | February 13th, 2011 by 4
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The upcoming MINI Coupe and Roadster have been spotted together during an usual testing session. Interesting enough, the two prototypes reveal that a basic model …

The upcoming MINI Coupe and Roadster have been spotted together during an usual testing session. Interesting enough, the two prototypes reveal that a basic model of the two is in works as well. Initially it was believed MINI will offer the two new models as John Cooper Works model, with two additional variants, Cooper S and Cooper SD, but latest spy photos reveal the MINI Coupe with a single tail pipe on the right side – the typical sign of a basic model from MINI. This indicates a smaller diesel or petrol engine with around 120 horsepower.

When the concept launched at Los Angeles Auto Show in 2009, MINI stated that the Coupe Concept is based on the John Cooper Works bodystyle, measuring 146.1 inches overall, 66.1 inches wide and 53.3 inches tall. It was designed as a two seater which brings out the idea of a MINI roadster vehicle rather than a coupe. Due to its rear-end design line, the MINI Coupe Concept lacks trunk space, the only storage space is behind the seats. The cargo space measures about 8.8 cubic feet and in the production model, it will be accessible through the a big hatch.

MINI Coupe Concept is based on the John Cooper Works bodystyle, measures 146.1 inches overall, 66.1 inches wide and 53.3 inches tall. It was designed as a two seater which brings out the idea of a MINI roadster vehicle rather than a coupe. Due to its rear-end design line, the MINI Coupe Concept lacks trunk space, the only storage space is behind the seats. The cargo space measures about 8.8 cubic feet and in the production model, it will be accessible through the a big hatch.

The MINI Roadster Concept is a two seater vehicle sporting a tight-fitting soft roof and innovative rear-end design. It is a new model that opens up new perspectives both in the context of the brand and in the segment of compact roadsters. The new two-seater measures 3,714 millimeters (146.2″) in length and 1,683 millimeters (66.3″) in width. Height of the car is 1,356 millimeters or 53.4″.

Back in 2009, MINI said the MINI Roadster Concept is powered by the 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine already featured in the MINI Cooper S. Boasting direct gasoline injection, this power unit delivers maximum output of 175 horsepower and peak torque of 240 Nm/177 lb-ft increasing briefly with the Overboost function to an even more superior 260 Nm/192 lb-ft.

On the other hand, MINI Coupe Concept uses the an engine from JCW, a 1.6 liter four cylinder turbocharged engine which produces 211 horsepower and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque.

The Coupe will be a 2012 model year and will be followed by the MINI Roadster six months later.

[Source: TotalMini | BigBlogg ]

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