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7th March, 2012
The Mini Coupé is the first two-seater in the Mini line-up. The new model
increases the variety within the brand’s range. The fifth model of the new Mini generation to wear the British brand’s
badge represents a reinterpretation of the super-compact sports car category.
The Mini Coupé is set to thrill customers with levels of agility and performance beyond the reach of even its Mini
stablemates. The engines, chassis set-up, weight distribution and aerodynamic properties of the new model all serve the
cause of optimum performance. Added to which, the rigorously applied two-seater concept – emphasised clearly by both the
exterior and the interior design – underlines the stand-alone status of the new model. Its high-opening tailgate and
large luggage area (capacity: 280 litres) with through-loading to the passenger compartment allow the Mini Coupé to
display outstanding versatility in day-to-day driving, when transporting leisure items or sports gear, and on touring
trips for two.
Design: a unique character cut from the brand’s unmistakable mould.
The Mini Coupé is the first model to adopt a three-box body structure with a strikingly stepped rear end since BMW
reintroduced the brand name in 2001. The Coupe's distinctive, sporty characteristics are also reflected in a low-slung
silhouette and expressively styled roof. Resting atop the Mini Coupé’s glasshouse, the roof is painted in a contrasting
colour as standard; a new take on Sport Stripes is among the additions available as an option. The distinctive lines of
the Coupé body take their lead from the established Mini design language, while stand-out design features in
time-honoured Mini style also offer clear hints as to the brand identity of the new model.
The exterior dimensions of the Mini Coupé give it sporty proportions and a low, forward-thrusting profile. The
two-seater measures 3,734 millimetres (Mini John Cooper Works Coupé: 3,758 millimetres) in length, 1,683 millimetres
in width and 1,384 millimetres (Mini John Cooper Works Coupé: 1,385 millimetres) in height and a wheelbase of 2,467
Once inside, the two-seater’s distinctive 'character' is underlined by oval recesses in the roof liner; these also
serve to optimise headroom for the driver and front passenger. A conspicuously three-dimensional, two-piece luggage
compartment cover is another feature of the Mini Coupé interior.
Engines: maximum power, typical Mini efficiency.
The most powerful petrol variants in the brand’s engine portfolio are primed for action in the Mini Coupé. This drive
system technology is underpinned by the development expertise of the BMW Group and offers the hallmark Mini combination
of instantaneous power delivery and exceptional efficiency.
Outputs of the Mini Coupé range start at a hefty 135 kW for the Cooper S variant, all the way to the range-topping
sports performance of the 155 kW in the Mini John Cooper Works Coupé. The Mini Cooper S Coupé can also be specified with
an optional six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the six-speed manual item fitted as standard.
Chassis: the go-kart driving experience at its most intense.
The bespoke suspension set-up of the Mini Coupé gives the brand’s traditional go-kart driving experience some
intensity. The customary Mini front-wheel drive, MacPherson struts at the front axle, a multi-link rear axle, powerful
brakes and Electric Power Steering ensure agile handling properties. Sports suspension, which brings stiffer damper
characteristics and sturdier anti-roll bars, is available as an option on the Mini Cooper S Coupé. And customers in
search of an even sharper racing edge can order John Cooper Works suspension from the accessories range.
The Mini Coupé is fitted as standard with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), while Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with
Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) – standard on the Mini John Cooper Works Coupé, optional on the Cooper S
variant – adds even greater assurance on slippery surfaces and additional sports performance under dynamic cornering.
Body and safety: ideal weight balance, optimised aerodynamics, complete protection.
Like its chassis technology, the body structure and weight balance of the Mini Coupé are also geared to providing
maximum driving fun. Innovative pedestrian protection measures and technology developed to improve body rigidity shift
slightly more of the car’s weight to the front, which has a positive effect on the traction of the front-drive Coupé. In
addition, increasing torsional rigidity with carefully targeted, model-specific strengthening measures further enhances
the car’s agility and safety rating.
An active rear spoiler teams up with the sharply raked windscreen, low-slung silhouette and integrated roof spoiler to
optimise airflow at higher speeds. Making its Mini debut, the active rear spoiler is integrated into the boot lid and
pops up automatically when the Mini Coupé reaches a speed of 80 km/h. In so doing it provides an optimised aerodynamic
balance between the front and rear axle.
When travelling at maximum speed, the active rear spoiler provides 40 kilogrammes of extra downforce. The Mini John
Cooper Works Coupé also comes as standard with a John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit.
The range of standard safety equipment on board the Mini Coupé includes front airbags and head-thorax airbags, which
are integrated into the sides of the seat backrests, three-point inertia-reel seat belts including belt force limiters
and belt tensioners, and a Tyre Defect Indicator.
Equipment with premium character: high-quality, innovative, individual.
The customary Mini variety in the range of available exterior paint finishes, interior colours, upholstery variants
and equipment features, together with a selection of other options specific to the Coupé, give owners unprecedented
scope when it comes to customising their Mini Coupé. The car’s premium character is underlined by an expansive range of
standard equipment, which includes speed-sensitive power assistance for the steering, electrically adjustable exterior
mirrors, Park Distance Control, height-adjustable seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free functionality
with USB audio interface and an audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection. Optional equipment
includes black headlight housing (no cost option on JCW), Adaptive function for the standard Bi-Xenon Headlights, Comfort
Access, automatically dimming rear-view mirror and exterior mirrors, the John Cooper Works Pack (standard on JCW).
Competitive in the small car segment is the Mini Coupé’s range of entertainment and communications systems. Customers
can choose from equipment such as a 10 speaker Harman Kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system (standard on Mini John Cooper Works
Coupé), the Mini Visual Boost radio or Mini navigation system.
Made in England: Mini Plant Oxford adds the Mini Coupé to its product line-up.
The Mini Coupé also underlines its links to the brand’s successful motor sport history through its British roots; it
will be produced alongside the Mini, Mini Clubman and Mini Convertible at Mini Plant Oxford. The arrival of the new model
sees the assembly plant on the outskirts of Oxford, the press shop in Swindon and the Hams Hall engine factory near
Birmingham playing an even more important role for the BMW Group. The start of Mini Coupé production is part of another
increase in capacity, a process which will be boosted further through the ongoing development of the Mini model range.
Manufacturer's List Price*
Mini Cooper S Coupe (manual) $42,990*
Mini JCW Coupe (manual) $52,600*
automatic transmission $2,350* (Cooper S)
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory
charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are
subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.