IT SEEMS THAT MINI?s plans for a two-seater ?Speedster? version of the MINI cabrio, to be shown at Frankfurt, are not all the iconic British brand has in the pipeline.
UK publication Auto Express has learnt of plans to offer a fixed-roof coupe, in the vein of Audi?s TT. The coupe, tipped to be dubbed the Broadspeed, is expected to go on sale around 12 months after the Speedster.
The name itself is taken from the 1960?s Broadspeed race team. As for the car, expect it to be positioned at the pinnacle of the MINI range.
With cars like the Mazda MX-5 and coming Honda CRZ firmly in its sights, MINI is looking to spread the appeal of its range by positioning the Speedster and Broadspeed as more focused vehicles. Both cars will sit above the existing hatch, Clubman and cabriolet versions.
Like the standard cars, the two-door versions are expected to arrive in Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S versions, with a range-topping John Cooper Works model. The JCW model's 0-100km/h time should be under six seconds.
Styling work for the new models has been completed in-house by BMW?s design team. Production of the bodyshells for the two cars will most likely be handed over to a third party.
Speedster sales are expected to begin during 2010, with the Broadspeed to follow in 2011. Pricing and specifications are yet to be finalised, however the range is expected to start at around ?18,000 (AU $35,600) in the UK.