MINI : Coupé set for launch at Frankfurt Motor Show in September
The MINI Coupé’s one of the most-scooped MINIs of them all but its maker has unveiled images of semi-camouflaged, pre-production prototypes. It’s certainly an interesting looking addition to the MINI range, which appears to be expanding at an exponential rate – and also on the day that scoop images of its parent car’s replacement are filtering out on to the Internet.
However, the MINI with minimised head-and rear legroom looks set to be a successful addition to the range, with the marketing emphasis being placed firmly at the fun end of the market. The Coupé is the first two-seater in the MINI line-up, but will be sold with a similar selection of model variations as its three-door cousin – but suffused with what MINI describes as the ‘brand’s hallmark go-kart feeling with a whole new depth of intensity’. One thing is for sure, it will be the fastest of all the MINI varations.
The MINI Coupé can be ordered with the most powerful petrol and diesel engines in the brand’s arsenal. Outputs range from the 122bhp of the MINI Cooper Coupé, through the MINI Cooper SD Coupé (with 143bhp) and MINI Cooper S Coupé (with 184bhp), to the range-topping MINI John Cooper Works Coupé – an exciting prospect with 211bhp to play with.
The ‘helmet roof’ will be a talking point and features an integral roof spoiler which, in addition to an active rear spoiler, optimises airflow at higher speeds. Helped by its extremely high-opening tailgate and large luggage area with through-loading facility, the MINI Coupé will be a practical proposition – for two.