Photos are showing bits of tape around the tail lights and miscellaneous tailgate details. Also, we see BMW's signature psychedelic camouflage in the rear window which is intended to hide the absence of the chrome rollover bars inside.

Nothing small about MINI in the news lately. In recent weeks we have seen swingin 60's remakes and official unveiling of the all electric MINI E to the new MINI Crossover/SUV spied on the streets of Germany three days ago. Now spies have captured the Mini Cooper convertible in sporty S trim.

Photos are showing bits of tape around the tail lights and miscellaneous tailgate details. Also, we see BMW's signature psychedelic camouflage in the rear window which is intended to hide the absence of the chrome rollover bars inside. But don't be fooled, they are still there sitting lowered behind the rear seat headrests. In case of a roll-over they pop up in a fraction of a second.

The new open-top version of the MINI will feature the same 3-in-1 folding soft-top as the current model, with an integrated automatic sunroof along with a heated rear window. We expect engine options will remain the same and debut will take place at Detroit in January 2009.

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