It was first thought that the Mini Coupe and Roadster models would enter production in 2010, but alas, they are not here and they won’t be in showrooms until 2011 and 2012.
“The Coupe will arrive six months after the Countryman, and the Roadster 12 months after the Countryman,” MINI Vice President Jim McDowell revealed to members of the Motor Press Guild. The Countryman is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in February 2011, so the Coupe will be in MINI showrooms sometime in late summer with the Roadster arriving in early 2012.
Though we now know a launch year, details on the two cars remain hard to come by. The show car version of the Coupe was equipped with the same 211 horsepower engine that is in the JCW MINI, but we have no idea if that will be the engine on offer with the Coupe when it comes time for production.
The Roadster was fitted with the motor from the Cooper S, but like the Coupe, details on other possible motors remain scarce.
It doesn’t really matter what they put in the Coupe and Roaster models, they are bound to be fun.