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Mike Stevens | Jun 21, 2011

MINI COUPE

MINI has peeled the last shreds of its psychedelic camouflage from the 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe. The online unveiling comes after months of spy photos and, in recent weeks, a series of official teaser shots.

The MINI Cooper Coupe shares its platform with the iconic Cooper Hatch, but thanks to a re-tuned chassis, MINI promises an even sportier experience than the current Cooper S hatch variant.

 

Styling and Features

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From a styling perspective, the MINI Cooper Coupe range carries the same familiar iconic look that we've come to know well over the past decade.

Setting it apart from its Hatch, Cabrio, Clubman and Countryman stablemates, the Coupe gets a low-slung roof with a "helmet roof" design atop steeply raked A and C pillars.

On the inside, the Coupe's two-seat layout is emphasised clearly, with a two-piece luggage compartment cover in a striking three-dimensional design.

Among the Coupe's features are a fitted-as-standard anthracite roof liner, new upholstery variants and exterior mirror colours, trim strips and Colour Lines.

Cabin equipment in overseas markets includes a Harman Kardon Hi-Fi loudspeaker system, Bluetooth connectivity and USB audio interface.

MINI Connected is also on the feature list, including web radio, Google local search and Google Send to Car services, reception of RSS news feeds, plus in-car use of Facebook and Twitter - available in conjunction with the MINI Visual Boost radio or MINI navigation system.

 

Powertrains

Entering as the company's first production two-seater, the Cooper Coupe is also quicker than the hatch in all three of its petrol specifications: Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe and John Cooper Works Coupe. A diesel-powered Cooper SD Coupe will also feature as part of the range.

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All three petrol variants are powered by the 1.6 litre four, paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. A six-speed auto is on the options list for the Coupe and S Coupe, but JCW buyers can't have it - and likely won't want it.

In entry-level Coupe form, the four-cylinder engine delivers 90kW at 6000rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4250rpm, giving it a 0-100km/h time of 9.0 seconds. Top speed is 204km/h, fuel consumption a claimed 5.4 l/100km.

Stepping up to the S Coupe, buyers get MINI's turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine, producing 135kW at 5500rpm and 240Nm at 1600rpm - with a temporary overboost function offering a further 20Nm.

The S Coupe's 0-100km/h dash is over in a considerably quicker 6.9 seconds, top speed is 230km/h and fuel consumption 5.8 l/100km.

The top-shelf JCW Coupe also features a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine, with power dialled up to 155kW at 6000rpm and 260Nm at 2000rpm. The same overboost function gives the JCW Coupe another 20Nm on top.

The 0-100km/h sprint for the JCW variant is covered in 6.4 seconds, with a top speed of 240km/h and fuel consumption of 7.1 l/100km.

Available with both a six-speed manual and six-speed auto, the Cooper SD Coupe is powered by a 2.0 litre common-rail turbodiesel, producing 105kW at 4000rpm and a sizeable 305Nm of torque at 1750rpm.

The diesel's 0-100km/h time is listed at 7.9 seconds, with a top speed of 216km/h and fuel consumption dropping to a claimed 4.3 l/100km.

 

Pricing and Availability

Speaking with TMR today, MINI Australia's Lucy McLellan confirmed that the Cooper Coupe range will debut in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to launch.

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