Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
  • Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
  • Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
  • Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
  • Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
  • Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
  • Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
  • Spy Shots: Mini Speedster on the prowl
Mini Speedster spy photos – Click above for high-res image gallery

The sleuths at MotoringFile say that Mini has indicated that the upcoming Mini Speedster will ship with a manual folding top instead of the automatic wizardry of the Cooper Convertible mechanism.

The decision, assuming this report is true, means that the top should both weigh less and be cheaper to produce than an electric alternative – two traits that win big points in our book. Given that the Speedster is supposed to carry a steeper price tag than its Cooper Convertible brethren, however, we have to wonder if buyers will be content with a cover they have to muscle in place themselves. Let's just hope it's a lot more like the top used by the Mazda Miata than the no-longer-in-production Pontiac Solstice.

The Mini Speedster is rumored to be scheduled for introduction at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show alongside its hardtop twin. Details are scarce at the moment, but we'd guess the vehicle will play host to the standard gamut of Mini drivetrain and customization options when it finally touches down.


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      Ryan D.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is this thing just about as rediculous as the Suzuki X-90?
      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm missing the point of the Mini Speedster over the Cooper. It looks like a loss of space and function with an equal loss of style.
      gopena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone needs to tell MINI (At their own leisure, of course) that Audi already made this car... It's called the 1st gen TT.
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      These new Mini variants are uglier than a mans ass!
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why get this ungainly mess when they already have a perfectly good convertible?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dale Lomas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Umm... folding hardtop version testing on the 'ring today! o/ http://bridgetogantry.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=234:2012-mini-speedster-oh-lord-why&catid=53:spy-shots&Itemid=300089
      SethG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not much of a story because this is unlikely to be a big seller. Exactly who is this car for? Mini has made all the right choices so far until now. I am sure that nobody has ever said, "I love everything about the mini cooper except it's just too practical."
      808EvoX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey look, its a Mercury Capri! ..... #unimpressed
      Svartorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Manual roof and it will still cost 50k.
      Jeff
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boy that thing is REALLY ugly. Looks the MC Convertible with the back seat removed and the top moved forward. The new Coupe and Roadster modeles reminds me of GM in the eighties re-bading cars between brands with minor sheet metal changes (i.e. Chevy Celebrity, Pontiac 6000, Olds Ciera, Buick Century). In this case, they're all in the same showroom. Crazy. Also, in typical german fashion, I fully expect they charge more for the removal of hte back seat and taking away power operation from the convertible top which are standard in the MC convertible.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOOOO! MY EYES!!!!
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