The MINI family is expanding again. Hot on the wheels of the Coupé comes the launch of the sixth model in the line-up, the all-new MINI Roadster. This is the first open-topped two-seater in the company’s history. And being built at Cowley means MINI is claiming it to be a spiritual successor to the traditional British roadsters of old.
The semi-automatic operation of the tailored soft-top roof means rapid opening and closing, and it doesn’t affect the MINI Roadster’s practicality in any way. This is a versatile two-seater with a stowage area behind the driver and passenger seats, generous 240-litre luggage area and through-loading system.
Selling alongside the Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman and Coupé, the MINI Roadster will arrive in UK showrooms next spring. As with the recently launched MINI Coupé, all variants of the MINI Roadster carry the Cooper name in their model titles. Full details of standard and optional equipment on each will be released nearer the launch. A wide range of accessories and personalisation choices will be available.
|Model||OTR Price||CO2(g/km)||MPG(Combined)||Power(hp)||Top Speed(mph)|
|MINI Cooper Roadster||£18,015||133||49.6||122||124|
|MINI Cooper S Roadster||£20,900||139||47.1||184||141|
|MINI Cooper SD Roadster||£21,630||118||62.8||143||132|
|MINI John Cooper Works Roadster||£24,850||169||38.7||211||147|
Unique but familiar styling
The MINI Roadster is true to the marque’s existing design language, but sculpted to the classic proportions of a roadster. With an exterior length of 3734 mm (see panel below for model variations), a width of 1683 mm and a wheelbase of 2467 mm, the MINI Roadster’s footprint closely mirrors that of the MINI Convertible. However, the roofline is more than 20 mm lower than its four-seater sibling, allowing the Roadster to cut a distinctive, low-slung and visually stretched stance.
Designed around a traditional three-box body structure, the car’s silhouette is dominated by the heavily raked A-pillars, angled backwards by an extra 13 degrees over the MINI Convertible. The waistline rises gently along the car’s length towards the strikingly stepped rear end.
Powerful and fuel-efficient engines
Power for the MINI Roadster comes from the latest generation of fuel-efficient BMW Group four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Fuel economy stretches from 38.7mpg to 62.8mpg, while CO2 emissions are as low as just 118g/km on the Cooper SD. Even the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster emits only 169g/km. A full technical breakdown for each model is given below.
Classic Roadster dynamics with advanced technology
Vital to getting the best from the powerful engines and customary front-wheel drive transmission is MINI’s outstanding chassis technology. It pushes the brand’s hallmark driving fun to the fore, with a ‘go-kart’ feeling that’s agile, precise and stable.
The heavily raked A-pillars and windscreen reduce the frontal area of the body and therefore cut levels of drag. Like the MINI Coupé, the Roadster is fitted with an active rear spoiler that’s integrated into the tailgate. It extends automatically as soon as the car reaches 50 mph and drops back at 37 mph, though can also be operated manually.
Electric Power Steering (EPS) with speed-sensitive assistance is standard and a Sport button on the centre console, standard on all MINI Roadster models, allows the driver to adjust the car’s steering characteristics and accelerator responses. If the optional six-speed automatic gearbox is specified, pressing this button also shortens shift times.
MINIMALISM environmental technology as standard
All versions of the MINI Roadster come with the brand’s MINIMALISM environmental technology as standard, providing exceptional powertrain efficiency. Features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Electric Power Steering and the need-based operation of ancillary components help to make efficient use of fuel with low emissions. Additional features include innovative thermal encapsulation of the drivetrain, which shortens the fuel-sapping warm-up period after a cold start.
High standard specification and extensive range of options
The MINI Roadster’s generous list of standard equipment includes speed-sensitive steering assistance, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, rear Park Distance Control, air conditioning and an audio system with MP3-compatible CD player, DAB radio and AUX IN connection. Safety features include front and head-thorax airbags, an extremely rigid windscreen frame and polished stainless steel roll-over bars for outstanding occupant protection.
The MINI Roadster is available in two non-metallic and six metallic paint shades. In keeping with British roadster tradition, the roof remains in black. Sport stripes, available in three colours for the bonnet, boot lid and rear apron, allow owners to add an extra personal touch. Alloy wheels of 15, 16 or 17in diameter are standard, depending on the model.
Length: 3734mm (MINI Cooper Roadster: 3728mm, MINI John Cooper Works Roadster: 3758mm)
Height: 1390mm (MINI Cooper Roadster: 1384mm, MINI John Cooper Works Roadster: 1391mm)