Mini Coupe Adds New Performance Factor

The brand synonymous with driving fun is expanding its lineup with the addition of its first two-seater, the Mini Coupe.? With a unique new body and interior, the coupe adds a new dimension to the premium small car brand along with even better performance and handling.

Designed as the first ?three box? Mini, the coupe has a stepped rear end in the classic style of a Gran Turismo with a sporty, flat coupe silhouette.? The coupe sits a full inch lower than Mini Hardtop with its distinctive ?helmet roof? with integral roof spoiler.? The active rear spoiler optimizes airflow at higher speeds extending at 50 mph.

A high-opening tailgate and large luggage area with through-loading facility give the Coupe extra versatility for day-to-day driving and when transporting sports gear and luggage.

The Mini Coupe comes with a standard 121 horsepower four-cylinder engine, but two engine options boost the power to 181 hp for the Mini Cooper S Coupe and all the way up to 208 hp for the Mini John Cooper Works Coupe.? The resulting power makes this Mini the fastest ever in both acceleration and top speed. ?The base engine accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 127 mph.? The John Cooper Works version makes the 0 to 60 mph run in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 149 mph.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Mini Cooper Coupe, Mini Cooper S Coupe with an optional six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative.? The automatic gearbox with Steptronic function has exceptionally short shift times and direct ?target gear? finding capability on downshifts showcasing the sporting character of the Coupe. The driver can also change gear manually using the selector lever, while shift paddles on the steering wheel are available as an additional option.

The chassis set-up, weight balance and body structure are geared to providing go-kart-like handling. The Coupe has a MacPherson strut front suspension and sophisticated multi-link rear suspension. Aluminum longitudinal control arms cut weight and front and rear anti-roll bars are used reduce body roll.

Standard trim includes 15-inch alloy wheels with a 16-inch version standard on the Mini Cooper S Coupe. The Mini John Cooper Works Coupe is specified with 17-inch, weight-optimized alloy wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke Challenge styling. ?In the US, the Cooper S and John Cooper Works Coupe models are equipped with standard run-flat tires, so it is possible to continue driving, subject to certain restrictions, even after a complete loss of tire pressure. The run-flat tires are optional for the Mini Cooper Coupe model. All models feature a Tire Pressure Monitor System as standard.

The Coupe is scheduled to arrive at Mini dealers this summer. ?Pricing is expected to start near $27,000.


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