Mini has officially released images and specifications for its 2012 Cooper Coupe
Built to be the quickest and most aggressive Mini in the range, the Coupe is the first two-seater ever produced by Mini.
Mini’s Coupe will be available in three variants, the standard Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe and John Cooper Works Coupe (pictured).
Unique style cues include a short, sloping rear roofline with an integrated roof spoiler, a speed-activated boot wing and a handful of unique colours. Up front the familiar round headlights and black grille remain.
Inside the Coupe keeps with Mini's rounded theme. Replacing the rear seat in the standard hatch is a small cargo shelf with two integrated storage bins. Longer items can pass through the rear bulkhead into the cabin if required.
Under the bonnet all three models will use a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, matched to a six-speed manual transmission. Alternatively a six-speed automatic box is also available for the Cooper S Coupe and Cooper Coupe.
The Cooper Coupe’s entry-level mill produces 90kW of power and 160Nm of torque at 4250 rpm; it can sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 204kph. Fuel economy is at 5.4L/100km combined.
In the Cooper S Coupe is 1.6-litre engine using a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct-injection that will achieve 135kW power output and 240Nm of torque at 1600 - 5000 rpm. The S Coupe takes 6.5 seconds to reach 100km/h and has a 228kph top speed.
The top spec John Cooper Works Coupe retunes the same engine to produce 155kW of power and 260Nm of torque from 1850 rpm to 5600 rpm. It needs 6.1 seconds to reach 100km/h and wont stop till it hits 240kph.
All of the new Mini Coupes come standard with DSC stability control. JCW models also include Dynamic Traction Control with an integrated Electronic Differential Lock Control system.
Look out for NZ pricing and availability at a later date.