Mini has extended its model range with the release of the Mini Roadster which is slated for release some time this year. It will be Mini’s sixth model. Basically, the Roadster is based on the Mini Coupe and it is Mini’s second two-seater model. It is not surprising that they have released such a model as the Mini Coupe’s low rooftop is suitable for a convertible version.
The Mini Roadster retains the marque’s traditional compact look but in a two-seater, open-top sports car package. Mini is targeting specific consumer groups who are looking for a sub-compact roadster that offers elegant sportiness, open-top driving fun and inspiring driving finesse powered by powerful engines and unrivalled chassis technology.
The Roadster uses the Coupe’s “three box body design structure” where the engine compartment, passenger compartment and luggage compartment are separate. There is no doubt that the exterior styling is typically “Mini-ish”.” The pictures you see here is the John Cooper Works version that produces around 211bhp. Of course the car is available in other engine trims such as the 185bhp turbocharged Roadster S model and the 122bhp base model.
Mini is known to feel like a go-kart when driving and with additional aerodynamic technologies added; the car will have better handling finesse. It is almost an inch lower than the Mini Convertible and that improves the car’s centre of gravity.
The car is equipped with several features such as electric power steering with dynamic stability control (comes as a standards option), electronic differential lock control (standard only in the John Cooper Works model), polished stainless steel roll over bars, an active rear spoiler that extends electronically when the car goes above 80km/h and the John Cooper Works model gets a specially designed aerodynamic bodykit.
The manually operated soft-top allows the driver to open and close quickly in the event of unwelcoming weather. The roof is opened by turning the release lever situated on the windscreen frame and the soft-top swivels back in a single movement behind the seats, where it locks into place. In order to close back the roof, the driver presses a button positioned between the roll-over bars, which allows the roof to extend back out, assisted by gas-pressure springs. The roof then can be pulled frontwards and fixed against the windscreen
The Roadster features bespoke colours and materials for items in its interior which includes upholstery, exterior mirrors and interior trimmings. Mini promises high quality standard interior items such as speed-sensitive steering assistance, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, Park Distance Control, air conditioning and an audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection.
Optional items include black housing xenon headlights, automatic climate control, Harman Kardon audio system and the company’s Mini Connected infotainment system.
The John Cooper Works version gets the Mini TwinPower 1.6 litre four cylinder turbocharged engine. Delivering around 211bhp at 6000rpm and a torque of 240Nm at 1600-5000rpm. Overboost function generates a torque of 280Nm at 2000-5100rpm. Does the century sprint at 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 227 km/h. Average fuel consumption (according to EU specs) is at 6 litres/100km.
I am pretty attracted to the overall looks of the Roadster (and also the Coupe) and Mini is rather spot on in producing a two-seater compact as their Mini hard-top hatchback model has a very cramped rear seating area. The Mini Roadster will be suitable for some wind-in-the-face, sun-drenched driving fun.
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