The Mini Coupe is expanding its product family with the launch of a new more unique body and interior concept model that adopt a three-box body structure with a strikingly stepped rear end providing a shot in the arm for the super-compact sports car class.
The new design gives a go-kart feeling with a whole new depth of intensity and achieves the best performance as it is claimed to be the fastest-accelerating Mini ever and has the highest top speed. In addition to the integral roof spoiler, an active rear spoiler optimizes airflow at higher speeds with rear spoiler that extends automatically at 80 km/h (50 mph).
When the speed drops below 60 km/h (37 mph) again, a four-part control mechanism returns the spoiler to its rest position. Mini Coupe is the first in the BMW Group family to incorporate this technology
It is also possible to operate the active rear spoiler manually, for example for cleaning purposes, using a button in the overhead control panel.
Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) optional (standard on MINI John Cooper Works Coupe), pedestrian protection systems and measures to enhance body rigidity shift the car’s weight balance slightly further forward, giving the front-wheel-drive a more optimized traction; agility and safety.
This two-seater concept with extended stowage and loading capacity behind the driver and passenger seats; large, variable-use luggage area; large through-loading facility into the passenger compartment; wide and extremely high-opening tailgate makes loading easier. The mini coupe is 3,728 millimeters long, 1,683 millimeters wide and 1,387millimeters tall with a wheelbase of 2,467 millimeters
The top of the line Mini John Cooper Works Coupe is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine capable of producing 208 hp with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, plus numerous technological details carried over directly from motorsports. The vehicle can get from zero km/h to 100 km/h in 6.1 second with the top speed of an amazing 240 km/h.
The fuel consumption according to EU standard is 14 km/liter while the US EPA estimate is not yet available. The CO2 emission is 165 g/km.
Unlike the previous Mini line up such as the Mini Clubman and the Mini Convertible, the Mini Coupe is divided into three distinct segments: engine compartment, passenger compartment and boot. This structure broadens the MINI Coupe’s spectrum of geometric forms and helps to create a classic and very distinctive Gran Turismo-style rear end, particularly when viewed from the side.
At the same time, though, the Coupe remains unmistakably a Mini such as the hexagonal contours of the radiator grille, the black border around the lower part of the body, a host of chrome strips and surrounds and the large circular headlights with integrated direction indicators.
The design of the Mini Coupe’s interior also showcases the pure-bred character of a compact sports car. It has a large Center Speedo and a tachometer positioned directly behind the steering wheel, and the standard-fitted sports seats offer outstanding lateral support through quickly-taken corners. Regardless of the combination of upholstery variant, trim elements and Color Lines, the interior color remains Carbon Black. An anthracite roof liner is also part of the standard specification.
The absence of a rear seat bench creates new scope for offering spontaneous driving enjoyment for two people while at the same time catering for the requirements of an active and varied lifestyle. The adaptable, 9.8 cubic feet (280 liters) of cargo volume in the boot is extremely flexible. With a large, high-opening tailgate, and a 14 inch-wide and approx. 8 inch-high through-loading system that can also be opened from the driver’s or passenger’s seat, the MINI Coupe offers cargo-carrying possibilities that will suit a wide range of needs, whether for daily routine, leisure or motoring for two.
The Mini Coupe is further enhanced by larger door bins, three cupholders and a cross-rack behind the seats. Meanwhile, the variable luggage compartment cover eases stowage of particularly bulky items or sports equipment. When the boot lid is opened, the rear section of the three-dimensional cover is also raised. The entire cover can be detached, if required.