The “British” based automaker Mini has recently revealed its newest creation in the form of a Roadster, offered in four trims: the John Cooper Works Roadster, the Cooper S Roadster, the Cooper Roadster and the Cooper SD Roadster.
According to Mini, the 2012 Roadster is 146.8 inches long, 64.5 inches wide and 54.7 inches high, which makes it only 1 inch shorter, 1.9 inches narrower and 1 inch lower than the Cooper Cabriolet, but besides this, the new model will handle like a go-kart thanks to the electric power steering, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electric Differential Lock Control), roll-ver bars in polished stainless steel and an active rear spoiler which extends automatically at 50 mph.
The Mini John Cooper Works Roadster is powered by a 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, developing a total output of 211 HP at 6.000 rpm with a peak torque of 192 lb-ft between 1.850 and 5.600 rpm, with the 0 to 62 sprint being done in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 147 mph.
The Mini Cooper S Roadster is powered by the same 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine but it’s now developing 184 HP at 5.500 rpm and has 177 lb-ft of torque between 1.600 and 5.000 rpm, being able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7 seconds, with a top speed of 141 mph.
The Cooper Roadster is the least powerful version, with the 1.6 liter, four-cylinder unit developing 122 HP at 6.000 rpm and having 118 lb-ft of torque at 4.250 rpm, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds, with a top speed of 124 mph.
Diesel lovers will be able to choose the Cooper SD Roadster which is powered by a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine with the TwinPower Turbo technology, developing 143 HP and 225 lb-ft of torque, being able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds, with a top speed of 132 mph.
Mini says that out of the four variants, only the first three models will be available in the US, but the price list hasn’t been announced yet.