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Click above for a high-res image gallery of the new MINI Cooper Convertible

We'll be straight with you. We missed the MINI press conference. We know, we know... the horror. Anyway, you didn't exactly need to be Kojak to figure out what happened. The 2009 MINI Convertible drove out of a simulated ice block with a couple made up all frozen-like in the front seats. As for the car, well, it's pretty self explanatory. Available in March, it finally ditches the last-gen engines for the NA and turbocharged 1.6L fours available in the hardtop Cooper and Cooper S. Other changes? The trunk's roomier, the interior gets brought up-to-date, and the rollbar becomes a pop-up unit, significantly improving rearward visibility and giving the Cooper a much cleaner top-down profile. Finally, cute-gimmickry overload is fully achieved with the addition of the "Openometer," an add-on gauge that tracks the amount of time spent motoring with the top down. Adorable, right? Chicks are gonna dig it.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice car with Mopar power. Always laugh at fools that put a BMW M on a car that has a SOHC 1.6L Neon engine under the hood. Now it has the world engine chrysler makes. If your going to do a FWD swap why not go all the way with the 285 WHP SRT 4 engine (not the first time they lied about crank HP).
        • 6 Years Ago
        So ignorant!

        The new engines are PSA-BMW joint ventures, as the other poster alluded to.

        I have a first-gen MINI. Despite what you say, and despite it being true, I've had ZERO engine issues, and my car is still a blast to drive, 4 years later, so who's laughing now?
        • 6 Years Ago
        you can have Indy port your head and have 275 CFM intake flow with the SOHC head. Also the 2.4L short block can be bolted to it. Problem is the tiny SC they came with. But you can do a ton with the NA model. Who assembles an engine doesn't change where it came from, the new mini is still Mopar powered. Just like the Honda SUV with a 3.5 is Chevy powered. Ignorant Americans believe there products are junk. So these import builders have to go out of there way to make you believe there is some thing different under the hood. Chysler has built there own 4 cylinder FWD engines out side the US since 1964. They just couldn't sell the cars here parked next to a Hemi car lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that was true for the last generation Mini. It was also the weakest part of the whole package. The new engines were constructed in cooperation with Peugeot and have now thankfully arrived at current state of the art levels in term of NVH, economy etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have nothing useful to say about this car.

      But those wheels remind me of all the Matchbox cars I had as a kid.
      Here's an example: check out the Viper's "rims".
      http://www.odinartcollectables.com/images/matchbox%20Dodge%20Viper%20rt-10.jpg

      • 6 Years Ago
      "Man Struck By Lightning While Trying to Set Openometer World Record"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those wheels do look good, but that openometer is just that, a gimmick, not very useful IMHO. But I think the canopy with the roof folded down looks quite cool, a good throwback to the convertible hatches of old.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now if only they would drop a 2.0 turbo of somesort in it....
        • 6 Years Ago
        bigger isn't always heavier. Point taken on the weight, the 260lbs is great but they really should give 200hp/200lbft to compete with the wrx's, gti's, and mazdaspeeds of the world. It probably wouldent alter fuel consumption much, torque actually tends to help.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Openometer, my butt.
      I drove an MGB throughout my college days and put the top up only 5 times. That's only 5 days in 7 years folks!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Leave to the Germans to figure a way to turn enjoyment into just another metric to be analyzed
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone who calls the Cooper S a "chick car" hasn't autocrossed one. Unless they mean chicks with a taste for lift-throttle oversteer.

      The pop-up rollbar solves the single biggest problem with the prev-gen convertible; it had almost zero rear visibility with the top up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, the first Mini S is something. First FWD that you can rotate nuetral like a FWD Shelby Auto. The steering is also very fast like the Shelby's, great autocross car. Lift to rotate with out hitting the brakes hard and killing speed. The power and ballence to suck the back end down and pull the front end through. The S is also a liar like any other boosted Mopar with as much WHP as rated at the crank. As the mini is a "cute" car it has to win its respect though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        glhs076: Why do you keep saying that the MINIs use mopar motors? The current gen MINIs R55, R56, R57 have the new all aluminum BMW/PSA designed/manufactured motors. The last Chrysler based MINI rolled of the assembly line this past July. The cast iron block motors were only used in the '02-'06 hardtops and the '05-'08 convertibles. (R50, R52, R53)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toooooo bad it has a FAKE HOOD SCOOP!!! I'm sad every time I see a new Cooper S.
        • 6 Years Ago
        so get the CAI and turn it into a functioning hood scoop. no need to cry...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wouldn't want to drive a Mini but if I had to I'd rather just get a regular hood on an S. I never understood what type of person chooses to pay extra for a sporty car but is satisfied with the fact the "sporty" car they just spent all that money on has completely useless (and fairly ridiculous) "sporty" features. I would pay extra to get rid of the scoop just cuz I don't have a major need for one. Who knows - maybe it helps with aerodynamics...

        Between the cuteness, the checkerboard/stripe crap, the fakeness and this cute-o-meter - it's a little cringworthy...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chicks are going to dig it? Does that mean I can't like it, too? Because I do...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Openometer would break the cockometer like an M3 once did. Maybe BMW are annoyed that Audi took some sort of title from them.
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