• Feb 9, 2011
2012 Mini Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mini Coupe is set to go on sale this Fall and that means testing of the hatchless Cooper has begun in earnest. Caught by our spies running around outside BMW headquarters in Germany, the 2012 Mini Coupe uses the Bavarians' standard psychedelic camo, but it wasn't able to hide a new retractable spoiler nestled within the trunk – something that wasn't fitted to concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009.

2012 Mini Cooper Coupe spy shotPower should come from Mini's entire range of naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder mills, although our spies contend that the prototype you see here is a Works model, evidenced by the upgraded brakes that barely fit inside the wheels and red calipers fore and aft. We suspect the production version will make an appearance in Frankfurt this autumn, with sales beginning in Europe and the U.S. before the end of the year.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      A less useful Mini, strange.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure what the purpose of this car is. It's going to look weird thats for sure. It offers even less space then the normal one, which is hard enough to imagine as the rear seats in that are useless. They should just call that one a coupe and take out the rear seats. Not sure where Mini is going with all these one-off's but none really seem like the right direction.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the point of the camo on this? They don't even try to hide the shape of the car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more, this car just confuses me.... The way I see it, it's just a regular MINI Cooper S with a chop-top.... it really doesn't make sense to me.



        BMW please please please please please stop trying to make your own niches, they make no sense at all, too anyone... just stop now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No more under-hatch space for my luggages??
      Now i am even more serious about, wait and getting a GOLF R.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a Honda DelSol!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the first time in my life, Im almost dreading seeing the camo come off a car. I cant imagine how that thing could possibly be good looking. Please, BMW, go easy on our eyes, we beg of you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would make more sense if they needed another convertible in the lineup, as this looks like it started life as one. Maybe they will try to go after the hole left by GM's small cheap vert offerings eventually.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the looks of this, I'd consider buying one if it came in a John Cooper works edition. I like the trend of small, light, fun cars coming to the US.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. I, unlike some others, *can* see a point to a smaller, lighter Cooper. However, the way that back end looks just doesn't seem to work. It's like the kept the exact same rear panels from the other Mini. They should have reworked the taillights and bum.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I love the idea of a lighter Mini. But this is not the way to do it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      3-door
      Wagon
      CUV
      Convertible
      and now 2 seater

      Can a MINI-Camino be far off?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Question nobody asked, here is your answer! Sorry for the disappointment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Based on the amount of options Mini has with color schemes, I would bet that yellow camouflage swirls used to disguise it will be an add-on color option.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah your totally right, if you look closely at the camo above the side window, 4th pic think, you can see the roof is red to match the mirrors. Not really sure about the colour scheme but I'm sure BMW no what they're doing.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zamafir

        The small euro-spec 1 series hatch is 2850 pounds, has a great RWD drivetrain and comfortably sits four, a cooper is 2500 and FWD. I had (and loved) both. Don't know why the 1 is so constantly criticized on these forums. It's the purest BMW there is and an awesome drive if you ask me.

      • 3 Years Ago
      A very strange relationship between the side glasses. The whole roofline produces a quease.
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