News: The New Mini CoupéBy Chris Walsh
July 07, 2011
The next chapter in the MINI success story has begun with the launch of the all-new MINI Coupé, the fifth model in the family. Selling alongside the MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman, the British built MINI Coupé is the first two-seater sports car in the brand’s long and proud history. It’s a contemporary and authentic reworking of the classic performance concept car, bringing MINI’s blend of individuality and practicality to a new type of customer.
The MINI Coupé’s mission is a simple one: to maximise the thrill of being behind the wheel. Drivers will be rewarded with a level of handling and agility unmatched in the small car segment. Every aspect of the MINI Coupé – from the choice of engines and chassis set-up to weight distribution and aerodynamics – is focused on delivering the optimum dynamic performance. To prove the point, the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé has the fastest acceleration and top speed of any volume-produced MINI to date.
The four-strong MINI range will go on sale through MINI dealers from 1st October 2011 and MINI Coupé customers can expect a decent standard of equipment like DAB digital radio, air conditioning, park distance control, alloy wheels, 3-spoke sport leather steering wheel and sport stripes on the bodywork. A wide range of accessories and personalisation choices will also be available.
Key to the MINI Coupé’s appeal is its exterior design. Immediately identifiable as part of the MINI family, it’s a genuine and appealing re-interpretation of the classic MINI design cues, which have become so familiar on UK roads. The car’s design language – the clever combination of athletically sculpted surfaces, harmonious curves and parallel lines – takes the brand’s styling in an exciting new direction, with a fresh and clear emphasis on the marquee’s sporting DNA.
The MINI Coupé is also an innovative new vehicle. It’s the first modern MINI to adopt the traditional ‘three-box’ body structure, splitting the car into distinct segments – the engine compartment, cabin and boot. While the overall length and width are almost identical to the dimensions of the MINI Hatch, the Coupé’s overall height is 29 millimetres lower. Visually, this and the stepped rear end give the car a more aggressive, forward-thrusting profile. The lower roofline doesn’t come at the expense of driver and passenger comfort though, as oval recesses in the headlining provide extra headroom.
The styling team led by Head of Design, Anders Warming, has given the MINI Coupé a distinctive appearance from every angle. The most striking view is undoubtedly the profile, with horizontal layering of the car into three separate tiers – the body, the wrap-around glass and the eye-catching ‘helmet design’ roof. The A-pillars and windscreen are sharply raked by 13º compared to the MINI Hatch, resulting in a smaller frontal area that gives the MINI Coupé excellent aerodynamic properties.
Power for the MINI Coupé comes from the latest generation of BMW Group four- cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The choice of bhp ranges from 122 bhp in the MINI Cooper Coupé to 211 bhp in the flagship MINI John Cooper Works Coupé with the 184 bhp Cooper S sitting in between. The recently launched performance diesel engine, the 143 bhp Cooper SD, completes the line up.
The Cooper SD manages the best Fuel economy with a frugal 65.7mpg and emits just 114g/km. It also has the highest torque output of any MINI and propels itself from zero-62 in under 8 seconds
MINI Coupé prices start at £16,640 for the Cooper and finish at £23,795 for the range-topping John Cooper Works model.