MINI is expanding its product family with the launch of a model geared squarely to maximizing driving fun. The MINI Coupé indulges the keen driver with a level of agility unmatched in the small car segment, along with a unique body and interior concept and the brand’s customary commitment to premium levels of design, quality, equipment and individualization. The first two-seater in its current line-up sees MINI not only breathe new life into its successful racing history but also provide a shot in the arm for the super-compact sports car class. The selection of engines, chassis set-up, weight distribution and aerodynamic properties of the MINI Coupé are all focused on delivering optimum performance. As a result, the new car radiates the brand’s hallmark go-kart feeling with a whole new depth of intensity and achieves the best performance statistics ever recorded by a volume-produced MINI.
The MINI Coupé is the brand’s first model to adopt a three-box body structure with a strikingly stepped rear end. Its distinctive lines are expressed in the customary MINI design language and combine with unmistakable styling features. All of which accurately showcases both the new model’s distinctive characteristics and its brand identity. Its flat silhouette and innovative “helmet roof” lend the MINI Coupé a sporty and individual allure. In addition to the integral roof spoiler, an active rear spoiler optimizes airflow at higher speeds.
The MINI Coupé can be ordered with the most powerful petrol and diesel engines in the brand’s arsenal. Outputs range from the 90 kW/122 hp of the MINI Cooper Coupé, to the MINI Cooper SD Coupé (105 kW/143 hp) and MINI Cooper S Coupé (135 kW/184 hp), all the way up to the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé, a thoroughbred athlete producing 155 kW/211 hp.
MINI John Cooper Works Coupé: 4-cylinder petrol engine, displacement: 1.6L, output: 155 kW/211 hp at 6,000 rpm, max. torque: 260 Nm/192 lb-ft at 2,000 – 5,100 rpm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 6.4 seconds, top speed: 240 km/h (149 mph).
MINI Cooper S Coupé: 4-cylinder petrol engine, displacement: 1.6L, output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm/177 lb-ft at 1,600 – 5,000 rpm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 6.9 seconds, top speed: 230 km/h (143 mph).
MINI Cooper Coupé: Four-cylinder petrol engine, displacement: 1.6L, output: 90 kW/122 hp at 6,000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm/118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 9.0 seconds, top speed: 204 km/h (127 mph).
MINI Cooper SD Coupé: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminum crankcase, displacement: 2.0L, output: 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm/225 lb-ft at 1,750 – 2,700 rpm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 7.9 seconds, top speed: 216 km/h (134 mph).
The range of exterior paint finishes for the MINI Coupé body comprises nine colors. The car’s roof is painted as standard in a contrasting color; customers can choose from Jet Black, Pure Silver and – exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé – Chili Red. This gives the extravagant roof shape a particularly striking appearance. The only exception here is the Midnight Black body paint variant, which can be combined with a roof in Jet Black. Model-specific Sport stripes are available as an option. On the roof these come in body color, on the front and rear ends in the contrasting color. The MINI Coupé is kitted out as standard with 15-inch, 16-inch or 17-inch light-alloy wheels, depending on the variant. Further light-alloy wheel designs in these formats can be ordered as an option.
The MINI Coupé shines a brighter spotlight than ever on the brand’s sporting genes. Underlining this point are engines which set the pace in several different disciplines. Instantaneous power development delivers impressive sports performance, while high elasticity and optimum gear ratios guarantee unbeatable agility in mid-range acceleration. Plus, extensive MINIMALISM technology makes the driver a less frequent visitor to the pumps.
The suspension system effortlessly translates the power of the MINI Coupé engines into a fun-filled and agile driving experience. The combination of this suspension technology and the brand’s customary front-wheel drive allows the MINI Coupé to provide the most intensive expression yet of the trademark MINI driving experience, or go-kart feeling. Using top-quality components and a design that draws on the outstanding engineering expertise of the BMW Group, the MINI range offers suspension quality that is unique in this segment. Indeed, the technology was developed independently and exclusively for MINI.
The MINI Coupé is equipped with extra bodyshell stiffening at the rear, which means that the overall torsional rigidity of the body is even higher than on the MINI. In conjunction with the extra-sturdy side sills, this optimizes the occupant protection provided by the strong passenger cell. At the same time the high level of body stiffness on the MINI Coupé also enhances agility and precise handling control.
Source: Mini press