Mini cooper convertible to debut in spring 2009 image

The 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible inherits the DNA of the current family of MINI hatchback and Clubman models with an all-new body/chassis, drive train and updated interior.
The 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible will be powered by the much acclaimed, and now familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, producing 172 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 177 ft-lb of torque from 1,600 through 5,000 rpm. Mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, the new MINI Cooper S Convertible will maintain its high-performance reputation, launching from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, with a minimal appetite for fuel, sipping only 5.7 L/100km (highway).

The 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible will emulate the crisp performance and thrifty habits of its MINI Cooper hatchback and Clubman cousins, employing the 1.6-litre four cylinder engine with fully variable valve management and output of 118 hp at 6,000 rpm and 114 ft-lb of torque at 4,250 rpm. Capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 9.6 seconds, the MINI Cooper Convertible equipped with manual transmission also achieves a remarkable fuel economy rating of 5.3 L/100km (highway).
Standard Electrohydraulic Convertible Roof
Encompassing slightly larger side windows, the standard electrohydraulically-operated MINI Convertible roof features a glass rear window with integrated electric defroster and fully retracts in just 15 seconds and can be operated with the vehicle in motion up to a speed of 30 km/h. The top can also be opened remotely via the MINI ignition key.
Complementing the full convertible mode, an integrated sliding function opens the front section of the soft top in “sunroof” mode and can be operated at speeds of up to120 km/h.

Pricing, along with standard and optional equipment for the new MINI Convertible will be announced closer to the market launch in the spring of 2009.