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Mike Stevens | Feb, 13 2015 | 3 Comments

MINI’s range-expanding experiments, the Coupe and Roadster twins, will soon board a train for the farm, the company has confirmed.

Announcing their impending retirement today, MINI said the two "athletes" will “finish their careers together and as planned”.

The news comes on the heel of reports that MINI will soon streamline its range to a smaller number of ‘superhero’ models, cutting the current spread from eight to just five models.

That line-up is expected to focus on the new three-door and five-door Cooper hatches, along with the next-generation Cooper Cabrio, Clubman wagon and Countryman SUV.

It has also been reported that MINI is considering a production future for the recent Superleggera and popular Rocketman concepts, although neither has been confirmed.

The retirement of the Coupe and Roadster will surprise few.

Talk of their fadeout first surfaced early last year when MINI product boss Oliver Friedmann told press at the Geneva Motor Show that replacements for the pair “is most probably not a priority”.

Could the Superleggera fill the void in the near future?
Could the Superleggera fill the void in the near future?

The Coupe and Roadster have always been low-volume models for the brand. In Australia, the company moved just 121 examples in 2014, compared to 114 units for their similarly niche stablemate, the MINI Cabrio.

And, while local availability continues for the time-being, January 2015 sales of the Coupe and Roadster were nonexistent (against eight for the same period in 2014).

It's possible, of course, that fans have simply been holding out for confirmation of the Superleggera's production.

Possibly.

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