• Dec 2nd 2009 at 7:44PM
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MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts - Click above for high-res image gallery

Mini brought its birthday presents to itself out to the LA Auto Show for their North American debut today. The Cambden and Mayfair were there, but we spent a lot more time ogling the Coupe and Roadster. As you may recall, Mini created these two sports cars to celebrate its 50th anniversary and showed them off alongside the two special edition Coopers at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The changes are slightly less obvious on the open-top roadster, but you can definitely see that there's no back seat and the windshield is laid back a claimed 16 degrees over the standard Cooper. The backwards baseball cap on the coupe is a bit odd looking in pics and the real world view doesn't do much to change that impression.

None of the display vehicles sported any detail changes but it was still fun to see all of them packed into a booth the size of Toyota's Venza section. Ian Robertson of BMW did share a few more details about the future of MINI, with the "R60" 4-door-4-liter-4wd about to get a real name and even more models in the works. For now we have the Coopers and Clubmen and the coupe and roadster to keep us happy. Check out the gallery below.

Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very very cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i wonder how much weight the coupe drops.

      if they could release it with 220hp.

      it would be a quick little car. weighing maybe 2450 lbs?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, it looks pretty cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The roadster appears to have a decent trunk, unlike the Cooper Convertible, and the roof folds down neatly. Hopefully it doesn't end up costing much more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It will cost more, I reckon just a little less than a tt cabrio
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody know if the coupe has a sort of shelf behind the seats? Normally when I get into my car I just throw my bag into the back seat, and it's become a nice commodity to not have to open the trunk. If this has easily accessible storage room from the cabin I'm sold.

      I can't explain why I like the way it looks, I just do. And it seems like it'd be fun to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like an SRT4 Neon to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully, there would be a black roof option. With the current color it looks like a bad Toupée.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I do believe "so LA" translates into "bad Toupée"...

        Minis are second to their big brother Bimmers here in the OC...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally agree. That "toupee" look is not cool at all. A comb-over might look better...

        On the other hand, the Roadster is exactly the inexpensive, stripped-down "speedster" that I've been wanting for awhile. But honestly, who really believes this will be inexpensive? They're going to charge a fortune for it. I think buying a Miata and installing a proper suspension would make a far better value for a fun club racer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice rims on the coupe and roadster, but I prefer the rear profile of the hatch. The back portion of the roof looks too squashed.