• Dec 9, 2006
MINI's all-new Coopers haven't even shown up in dealerships yet and we are already getting a few glimpses of the inevitable convertible version. Expected to debut in 2009, the new ragtop MINI appears to have been planned from the get go when the new model was being developed. It looks a little tidier and the slightly larger package promises some more cargo space with the top down. KGP caught a couple of shots of this close-to-production looking prototype. Click through the read link to see the full size pic and a front shot as well.
Although it will probably be mistaken for the previous gen by 99% of the people, every body panel on the new MINI is different. MINI has promised they have retained the great handling of the old version, with the added bonus of better ride quality. The new engines are1.6-liter lumps with BMW's Valvetronic variable valve timing, which develop 120 hp and 103 ft-lbs of torque without a turbo and a slightly more robust 175 hp and 177 ft-lbs. of torque in S form.

And let's not forget, the S is now turbocharged rather than supercharged like in the outgoing model. The new motors will deliver more power, better mileage and cleaner emissions. Both models will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Check out our previous MINI posts for more details about the changes in the new version.

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[Source: Edmunds Straightline]


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      I hope that is a cover on the grill, because if it isn't, it'll be uuuugly!