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2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

Attractive New Roadster Prepares To Cannibalize Convertible For a brand that's only about 11 years old (since its modern rebirth, anyway), Mini is doing quite well for itself. Since the launch of the 2001 Mini Cooper, the BMW-owned automaker has now sold over two million vehicles in 100 markets, and over the course of the past decade, has expanded one front-wheel-drive platform into six models with a grand total of 39 different variants. The fact that Mini has hit the big time is in no way breaking news. What's really interesting is how each new model continues to be supported and... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.6L I4
Power:
181 HP / 177 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$28,050 as tested
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