• Apr 22nd 2009 at 6:29PM
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We've been hearing rumors of an upcoming MINI Speedster for years, and now the rumormill is building momentum, with additional speculations and renderings of a possible Miata-fighter. If it indeed does come to fruition, expect the MINI Speedster to jettison the rear bench in favor of a sportscar-proper 2-seat arrangement, which should also serve to boost luggage capacity to a bit more than the single set of golf clubs common to the genre.

According to Auto Express, the Speedster's base engine will be the same 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder that's standard in the Cooper S, and an optional John Cooper Works package would boost output past 200 ponies. Expect a six-speed manual sending power to the front wheels, although presumably an automatic will make the scene as well.

Unlike the current Cooper's cheeky, upright shape (dare we say, cute?), AE suggests that the Speedster model is likely to be lower and wider, with wheel arches filled to the brim with low-profile rubber. A power convertible top is likely and a removable hardtop is also rumored to be on the menu. Now... any chance BMW will fast-track this project past the planned CUV?

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The "Mini look" translates much nicer to this roadster than it does to the Crossman. Bring it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The shells will be cut down, modified and stiffened before they are then returned to MINI to have their running gear fitted.

      UH-OH Another hack job vert.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad it doesn't sound like it will be RWD. It sounds like a nice concept though, and would fit the Mini image... and yes, please skip the Mini CUV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed, no RWD no challenge. However, it will give the MX-5 (remember, its not the Miata anymore) more competition in the larger category of sub 30K two seat roadsters. Forcing Mazda to up their game, which is always a good thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed--it won't be a Miata competitor unless it's RWD.

        Del Sol revival, more like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The shark got jumped by them
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like how you used "roadster" and "luggage capacity" in the same sentence
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ooooh, I like it. Let's see her in sheet metal!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes. Bring this, not the stupid "Mini" CUV. THIS is a timeless British design.