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Mini Roadster: A radical go-kart feeling in the open air

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Z Together with the coupé version, the Mini Roadster was already on the IAA presented in Frankfurt as a concept car. Now that the Coupé has celebrated its debut, the Mini Roadster is now the sixth model in the BMW brand's range.

Mini Roadster - radical version of the convertible

The Mini Roadster is like the coupe designed as a pure two-seater and should be considered a more radical version of the convertible. The waiver of the rear seats is particularly beneficial for the two passengers and this gives the Mini a 240-liter trunk. The windshield, which is 13 degrees more inclined than the Mini Cabrio, the sill line rising to the rear and the flat rear end with clearly separated trunk are among the most important design features of the Mini Roadster, which is also more than 20 millimeters lower than the open four-seater.

One of the independent features is the black, manually openable fabric roof with roll bar made of stainless steel. Like the Coupé, the Mini Roadster measures 3.73 meters in length, 1.68 meters in width and 1.39 meters in height. The wheelbase is 2.47 meters.

There is a choice of three petrol and one diesel engines

The open two-seater also shares the engines with the closed one Brothers. Three petrol and one diesel are available for the Mini Roadster. It all starts with the 122 hp four-cylinder petrol engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters and an average consumption of 5.7 L /100 km. According to the manufacturer, it accelerates the roadster from zero to 100 km /h in 9.2 seconds. With the 184 hp version, this time should be shortened to 7.0 seconds, but consumption increases to 6.0 L /100 km. The top engine is the 1.6-liter four-cylinder from the Mini John Cooper Works Roadster. It accelerates the two-seater with its 211 hp and 260 Nm in 6.5 seconds from standstill to country road speed. Consumption should be 7.3 L /100 km.

The diesel engine produces 143 hp from a two-liter displacement and a maximum torque of 305 Nm and consumes 4.5 L /100 km. The diesel roadster should reach the 100 km /h mark in 8.1 seconds.

The Mini Roadster is powered by the front wheels. The engines are linked to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. There is also one for the diesel and the two weaker gasoline enginesSix-speed automatic available. The Mini Cooper Roadster and Mini Cooper SD Roadster models also have braking energy recovery, a start-stop system, gearshift indicator and electromechanical power steering as standard.

Mini Roadster with lots of additional accessories

The British manufacturer promises an intense go-kart feeling in the open air. For even more driving fun, Mini offers a tightly tuned sports suspension. To ensure safety, the Mini Roadster has a driving stability program including ABS and traction control as standard. An electronic differential lock is available as an option for the Mini John Cooper Works Roadster. Bodyshell reinforcements in the rear area also promote the torsional rigidity of the Mini Roadster. At high speeds, a rear spoiler that extends automatically at 80 km /h ensures greater cornering stability. In addition to the two roll bars, the front and head /thorax airbags are responsible for protecting the occupants.

Starting with the Cooper S model, the interior of the Mini Roadster is equipped with sports seats, air conditioning and parking aid as standard . But if you want, you can stuff the Mini with plenty of accessories. Comfort access, multifunction steering wheel, Always Open Timer (counts the hours in which the Mini was driven open), automatic air conditioning, heated seats, automatically dimming mirrors and xenon headlights are among other things on the option list. As is typical of the brand, there is still a lot of money to be spent on entertainment. Only the MP3-compatible CD radio is standard here.

The variety of models should continue to grow

To The open two-seater will roll out to dealers at the beginning of 2012. Although the British manufacturer is still keeping a low profile when it comes to prices, the Mini Roadster is likely to be a bit more expensive than the Coupé with its roof construction and additional reinforcements on the body.

The Mini Roadster is now the sixth model from the small car manufacturer. The number of variants should increase even further. In 2013, the Mini Paceman is an SUV with a coupé touch, and later the British manufacturer plans to bring three more models onto the market, including an even smaller version of the normal Mini.

Even more about the Mini Roadster - equipment, colors, rims and other accessories - can be found in our photo show.

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