MINI Australia has revealed pricing for the upcoming Coupe sports car, following its international unveiling in June. The Coupe will hit Australian showrooms in February.
The local range will star the Coupe's two performance models: the Cooper S, priced at $42,990 (plus on-roads) and the range-topping John Cooper Works.
Pricing for the JCW remains a secret for now, but expect the difference to be in line with the Cooper S Hatch and Cooper JCW Hatch - around $10,000.
On price, the Cooper S Coupe will face off against the likes of the Renault Megane Sport 250 Cup, the Golf GTI three-door and the soft-top Mazda MX-5 (although the latter is more a rival for the upcoming MINI Roadster)
In Cooper S form, the Coupe is powered by 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 6.9 seconds, with top speed listed at 230km/h and fuel consumption at 5.8 l/100km.
Moving up to the Cooper JCW Coupe, its own 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine dials power 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.
Both variants are matched with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Coupe is also the first MINI to get an active rear spoiler, popping up from the boot lid when the car reaches 80km/h and retracting again when the speed drops below 60km/h.
Standard features across both model include the active rear spoiler, 17-inch light alloy rims, sport button, park distance control, Xenon headlights, sport leather steering wheel, sports seats, automatic air conditioning, and the MINI Radio Boost CD and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Safety features include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Antilock Braking System (ABS) four airbags, crash sensor, Electronic Braking Force Distribution Control, twin horns, 3-point seat belts and a run-flat indicator.
Where are the other two?
As for the entry-level Cooper and the diesel-powered Cooper D variants revealed earlier this year, don't expect to see those anytime soon.
Speaking with TMR today, MINI Australia's Lucy McLellan said that the Coupe's sports image is the priority.
"The car is being introduced here as a proper sports coupe, so it only makes sense that we focus on the two top-level sports models," Ms McLellan said.
Watch for more details and a 'first drive' review when the MINI Coupe hits Australia in February.