Report: Mini Replacing the Coupe and Roadster With a New Sports Car
Mini previewed the Coupe and Roadster models in 2009 when the concept versions were unveiled and launched the production version in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Despite Mini’s huge expectations, the two models turned out to be simple failures and reports now point toward the company planning to replace them.
According to Mini sources, via Motoring, Mini will replace the two models with a new sports car built on Mini’s new front-drive architecture. According to the report, the new sports car won’t share any body panels with the rest of the Mini lineup, with the only remaining Mini design elements being the round headlights.
Mini will offer the new sports car in both coupe and convertible variants with coming in three trim levels: base, S and JCW. Under the hood, we will see a 1.5-liter turbocharged, three-cylinder engine for the base model and a turbo-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for the S and JCW versions.
Expect the new Mini sports car to arrive in late 2015 or early in 2016.
Click past the jump to read more about Mini Coupe and Roadster.
The Mini Coupe was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and the Roadster version followed it at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Both models are based on the Mini Cabriolet and feature a two-seat configuration.
Both models are offered in three versions. The base version is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 121 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 118 pound-feet at 4,250 rpm. The S version gets a 1.6-liter engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger for a total output of 181 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 177 pound-feet delivered from 1,600 rpm.
The most powerful version is, of course, the JCW. It gets a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, pushing output to a total of 208 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 192 pound-feet.
The Coupe version is priced from $21,450 and the Roadster from $25,550.