• Apr 5th 2010 at 7:24PM
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2011 Mini Coupe and Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery

It wasn't long after the Mini Coupe and Roadster debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show that word began to spread Mini was looking to put both models into production as early as next year. Thanks to our sources across the pond, we've secured the first images of the production variants before they arrive at the European patent office.

Neither model appears to have changed much in the transition from concept to production, and depending on your opinion of their respective rears, that could be a blessing or a curse.

The front fascias, fenders, windshields and side skirts have only been slightly toned down before hitting retailers, but their awkward rear ends still leave much to be desired. Unfortunately, there are no images of the interior yet, so we don't have a clear idea of how Mini plans to manage the rear seat accommodations, but like previous iterations of the Cooper, style may take precedence over substance.

If all goes according to plan, expect to see both the Roadster and Coupe to arrive in production guise early in 2011 packing Mini's entire range of naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pots.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the coupe but would prob just get the regular S since it's more useful and I'm one of those guys who puts what little money he has into just 1 car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They're all ugly. Bulldog, butt-fuggin ugly, with cheap looking hardware and wonky ergonomics. They're way too nostalgic for the original that was a blown up Made In Occupied Japan stamped windup toy. I can remember one that was a Budweiser can inside. I get the same impression in my friend's Cooper. Poor John, rotating in his grave at 5000RPM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wasn't digging the chopped roof in concept form, and I'm not digging it in patent-production-image form. It looks to contrived, too backyard-with-sawzall.

      Its one thing to treat something that is already a sports car this way *cough Boxster Speedster cough* but the Mini? Not great. Maybe if the body was signif changed below the belt line id be more interested.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THAT'S supposed to have a back seat? Yeah right!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The back end's not awkward.

        It's British. Very British.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nnnno, no it's not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasnt one of the selling points of the mini all the space inside? This kind of goes against what makes a mini a mini. Mini's focus has changed a lot over the years. I really don't like where it's going.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the mini is thousands more expensive than a honda fit which has about 3 times the usable space for loading and hauling
        • 5 Years Ago
        Naggs, I have a MINI Cooper as my "daily driver" and I find it to be extremely practical. By definition, a "daily driver" doesn't need to have capacious stowage, but the MINI Cooper does. You can't begin to imagine all the large and various objects I've managed to haul inside.

        What it's not good at is having 3 passengers. Two passengers + the driver are as good as it gets, but fortunately I rarely have more than one passenger, so it's a moot point. To me, it IS a two-seater, with a stowage bench at the back and/or with the seats down, a mini-wagon, able to carry objects up to 9 ft long.
        • 5 Years Ago
        if you are looking for a practical daily driver there are much more 'reasonable' options than the mini, none of them handle anywhere near as good as the mini

        i always thought that that was the whole point, its the BMW of small cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      I may be the minority here, but I like the coupe and roadster. It looks sporty and cool to me, but that may be due to my young age (19).

      I don't find it awkward, just different. To my eyes, it all works.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't get too excited. We're STILL waiting for the Crossman/Countryman, and the latest pics look mighty watered-down compared to the original burlier-looking concept.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ditto that. I also happened to like the rear end, it just screams high-mount spoiler/wing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the coupe & speedster are purely 2-seaters, they're not designed to have a backseat at all!

      Name a roadster that has a backseat...

      I'm actually thrilled that they have stayed pretty true to the concepts! :)
      Now if I just convince my partner that cooper s could be traded in on a speedster ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know what would work...

      If those consumer analysts at BMW found it necessary for MINI brand to have a couple of additional variants, then here's what I think would work:

      1. Rear-wheel driven two-door convertible - think about this as a internationally-marketable version of Daihatsu Copen (a JDM-only FF convertible microcar). Put a 1.6 turbo or 2.5L N/A straight six on it; I'm sure it would be one heck of a ride... like Mazda MX5 or Nissan Z coupe...

      2. Open-top mini SUVs in the form of Jeep Wrangler: no more CUVs or SAVs that are ugly as sin AND not functional.

      3. A boxcar with 2-3 seat configuration and a pair of sliding doors for the second row: it would be a great mom's car! Possibly a great alternative for a minivan (with an agreeable interior space)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good ideas all. Especially the rear-wheel drive. I just can't even consider a front-wheel drive car.

        And there's a major opportunity for a small, truly burly four-wheel-drive modern equivalent to the old Willys (Army) jeeps. If you take a look at those things, they were MUCH smaller than the ever more bloated Wrangler of today. It seemed like the Crossman might be a step in the right direction, but it appears to have been watered down (not to mention still being absent).
      • 5 Years Ago
      For some strange reason I cant help but like this coupe. Although I am hoping for a bump in power and even an All4 option aswell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MINI is making a big mistake going in this styling direction . . . is Bangle behind any of this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW missed their chance when the US dealer network vetoed the idea of a Triumph roadster (with some retro styling cues). The dealers didn't want to deal with a second brand. Now they get stuck with these travesties of design...yuk!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not sure what the big advantage of the speedster is, over the normal Cooper S convertible... Less useability than a tiny car already had?

      And the coupe roof looks awful, like a horrible toupé.

      Maybe if the roof was gloss black and the rear windows are very darkly tinted, and the windshield frame were somehow more obvious than the roof itself... to distract the eye, maybe it might be slightly forgiveable. But that stupid cap in a contrasting color just stands out as horrible.
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