• May 18, 2009
We've already heard widespread rumors about a forthcoming speedster variant of the cheeky little Mini, but the Cooper crazy folks over at MotoringFile have reason to believe that the racy roadster will be beaten to market by a "notch-back coupe version of the car."
According to MF, the coupe figures to be the fastest and tightest offering in BMW's Mini stable, with their source reportedly saying: "Think of this model as the [BMW] Z4 Coupe of the MINI line-up."

The coupe is expected to be based on the current R56 platform, and although there was apparently talk of making the car a John Cooper Works-only model, plans are now afoot to sell both standard Cooper and Cooper S versions in order to help parent BMW generate better fleet-wide fuel economy averages.

According to MotoringFile, Mini will probably debut the roadster in concept form in Frankfurt this Fall (as we reported earlier), but the fixed-head coupe is likely to beat it to market – even though that model doesn't figure to arrive until late 2012.

[Source: MotoringFile | Image: L'Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      We had a recent consumer report on the local news that chronicled a lady who owns a Mini with 120,000 kms. Her transmission went south, had her car towed to BMW/Mini only to find out that BMW/Mini doesn't repair transmissions, they only replace. She inquired at a local transmission shop for a quote and was told BMW/Mini doesn't even make replacement parts available to fix their transmissions. BMW/Mini's quote to replace her transmission? $7400.00 for the transmission alone, plus $2595.00 for labour, plus taxes and misc. Her grand total was a couple of hundred less than $11,000.00, 1/3 rd the cost of a brand new Mini.
      I couldn't recall how long it took me to finally close my mouth! I even had to pick out carpet fibres from my beard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My friend had his transmission die in his Mini as well. Dealership in Cleveland quoted him $8000 to fix it. He sold it unfixed.

        I sold my mini after its battery failed causing the car not to start. I had to have it towed. Problem was only one cell failed but the battery was programmed to shut down and being that Mini dealerships can be far, I had to tow it like 300 miles. Funnily enough there was a battery recall for my model year just a few months later. But that and continued electrical issues made me sell it.

        JD Powers had Mini second to last in it latest reliability tests. Its a cute car, but the reliability issues along with the diluting of the brand will cost sales in the long run. The only reason 2008 was up was to do to pre-orders and the fact that Mini has always had limited production possibilities.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it's a Mini Cooper S 6-speed stick, it's the exact same Gertrag installed in the SVT/ST170 Focus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If true, that is pathetic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My MINI was awesomely fast but still fairly practical. You would be amazed how much stuff fits in that car with the back seats down.

      I could see this working as an alternative to the VW Scirocco.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW seems to love unnecessary, brand-diluting products. How are they going to make a coupe out the MINI? Take out the back seats and give the X6's roof line?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. This doesn't seem to be a brand decision, but one that is made by the coin-counters trying to cash in on the popularity of the Mini brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't the regular MINI a coupe already?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mini? Yeah, cool car. IN 2005.

      The clubman should have hit the market years ago, and in being so late fizzed like an out of fashion joke. Now they want more variants? Just give it up already. It is the most obvious one-trick-pony of the modern auto industry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More like, sounds like someone else is a me-too, too-late, hanger-on fanboy living in a square state.

        In any of the more fashionable areas in the country the Mini is quite done, done like the VW New Beetle. Decent enough car but get a new one if you care at all about appearance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, AIL, Tmoguy was right. For several months (towards the end of '08 I believe) while all automakers were suffering from slipping sales, BMW/Mini posted some 30%+ gain in sales and attributed it to orders for the Clubman — which was new then. Search past Autoblog postings on the matter and you will find the figures.

        Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean the rest of the world hates it just as much as you do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They sell quite well actually.I expect these to do well also.Sounds like someone is bitter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I smell a disgruntled Cobalt driver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @tuna reading comprehension problems much? I do not hate the car, in fact called it a good car. I said it was out of fashion. And it is. Period.

        I guess I forget / underestimate what percentage of autoblog squarestaters make up. Ah well.
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