• Dec 9, 2009
MINI Coupe and Roadster Concepts - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mini Coupe and Roadster concepts have been making their way around the auto show circuit since Frankfurt in September, and when we saw the two vehicles at the LA Auto Show we got the impression that the high end micros were near production ready. If a story from MotoringFile is to be believed, the next two Mini variants could be even closer to production than we thought.

The Mini-obsessed site is claiming that its sources tell them that engineering for the the Coupe and Roadster is well under way. Further, the final model could hit the assembly plant in Oxford by next June with full production commencing in October. If that time line holds true, the first Mini two doors could be hitting dealer showrooms in Europe by early 2011 at the latest, with models crossing the Atlantic soon after.



[Source: MotoringFile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not a ragtop lover, but this one looks fantastic. Just wish it was rear drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "You will hardly notice"?

        You notice it the second you start driving the thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just am not sure exactly what purpose the coupe serves. There is already a two door mini, this version just seems to have a lower roof. Having a lower/sleeker roof would be good enough if it was better executed than this one. What kills it for me is where the rear windshield ends just above the trunk, its an awkward part of the car. Instead of having the c-pillar smoothly mesh into the rear/trunk of the car, it just has an abrupt angle and then its the same trunk as the rest of the minis.

      I dunno, i am sure it would have cost more to have a better executed, better looking rear of the car, but to me the current product just looks cheap and thrown together. It looks like they just designed a different roof and c pillar and plopped it right on top of the regular mini shell from the belt line down with no attempt to make it look like a fluid design
      • 5 Years Ago
      how long is bmw going to ride the 1 car model till every1 is sick of them. make mini a brand & make different cars. They could make whole B segment line before every1 loses mini again
      • 5 Years Ago
      hmmm, the rear bumper looks bad.
      the rest is good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2011? who will be left to drive these till then? robots would've taken over the world by that time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front valence, side skirts and rear shown in these pictures is the JCW bodykit. They are options on all minis from the factory. We will definitely see different more tame versions eventually. The regular S will probably have the normal "S" hardware as standard. Same with the regular cooper. I'm interested to see how they look in this configuration.

      When mods are introduced to the car you can achieve true neutral steering. Don't knock a MINI until you've driven one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rumrmill: I may get promoted in Jan 2010
      Fact: I want the coupe, all black, tan interior
      • 5 Years Ago
      The roof of the coupe really bugs me. It looks like it has its cap on backwards, like Samuel A. Jackson in every interview or promotional event. Too bad we can't link pictures at Autoblog. I have the perfect photo for this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think its the glossy rear pillars blending in with the rear window that gives it that look. They either need to define the pillar or get rid of the rear "spoiler" overhang on the roof.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love MINI. Have a MINI Cooper. Will probably get another MINI when the time comes, but I would NOT touch these ugly POS's with a 10-foot pole.

      There's no point to these, except to take the current MINI and ruin the advantages it has in terms of practicality via the hatch and back seat. Furthermore, the roof is extremely ugly!

      Yuck!! I really don't understand why they're doing this.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I forsee a Countryman and a Roadster in my driveway when my current Cooper lease is up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice, should bring Mini's sales numbers back up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it takes 2 years to push out some midly different sheetmetal on the same car? Geez BMW....
      • 5 Years Ago
      this car resembles the retarded love child of a Murano and a TT. The only thing good about something like that is that they'll stop saturating the market with the current MINI.
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