After months of rumors and spy shots, MINI has officially unveiled photos, details, and pricing of its 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe. The two-seater will go on sale this fall, priced from $22,000 for the base model.
The Coupe looks and feels unquestionably MINI, but with a few twists: the face clearly resembles any other mini you’ve seen, but the low roofline that MINI is calling a helmet roof adds unfamiliar curves to the iconic shape. Additionally, there’s an active rear spoiler that automatically rises at 50mph and hides again below 37mph. The whole car is built on a “three-box” design which means the roof, wraparound glass, and body are designed as individual “boxes” resting one on top of the other.
Enthusiasts will be happy to see that what it lacks in familiarity it gains in sportiness. Not only is the silhouette dripping with sport, the new MINI is also notable for being the fastest and fastest-accelerating model that the brand has ever made.
The 2012 Coupe comes in three trimlines: the Cooper Coupe (base model), Cooper S Coupe, and the Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works (JCW) with several variants offered on a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine. If fast is your flavor, go for the JCW with a tricked-out engine: 208 horsepower, zero-to-60 in 6.1 seconds, and a top speed of 149 mph. If fun is your flavor, go for any of them.
If you want to know more details (there are a lot of them!) you can find what you’re looking for in the press release.
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