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2012 Mini Coupe - Web Exclusive

As previously announced, Mini has confirmed it is expanding its product range with the launch of the Coupe.

Jun 23, 2011

The first two-seater in its line-up, the selection of engines, chassis set-up, weight distribution and aerodynamic properties of the Mini Coupe are all focused on delivering optimum performance. As a result, the new car achieves the best performance statistics ever recorded by a volume-produced Mini – it is the fastest-accelerating Mini ever and has the highest top speed.

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The Coupe is the brand’s first model to adopt a three-box body structure, with a strikingly rear-end. Its distinctive lines are expressed in the customary Mini design language and combine with unmistakable styling features. All of which showcases both the new model’s distinctive characteristics and its brand identity. Its flat silhouette and innovative steel “helmet roof” lend the Coupe a sporty and individual allure. In addition to the integral roof spoiler, an active rear spoiler optimizes airflow at higher speeds.

Inside the car, the two-seater concept is emphasized by features such as oval recesses in the roof liner. With its extremely high-opening tailgate and large luggage area with through-loading facility, the Mini Coupe displays outstanding versatility in day-to-day driving, when transporting leisure items or sports gear, and on trips.

This is the first Mini with an active rear spoiler to optimize airflow at higher speeds, extending automatically at 50mph.

The chassis benefits from Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) optional (standard on Mini John Cooper Works Coupe); innovative pedestrian protection systems and measures to enhance body rigidity shift the car’s weight balance slightly further forward, giving the front-wheel-drive Mini Coupe optimized traction; agility and safety boosted by increase in torsional rigidity using carefully targeted, model-specific strengthening elements. Strict two-seater concept with extended stowage and loading capacity behind the driver and passenger seats; large, variable-use luggage area; large through-loading facility into the passenger compartment; wide and extremely high-opening tailgate makes loading easier.

Interior design clearly emphasizing two-seat layout; oval recesses in the roof liner provide extra headroom for the driver and front passenger; sports seats fitted as standard (Mini Cooper S Coupe, John Cooper Works Coupe); two-piece luggage compartment cover in striking, three-dimensional design.

Exclusive color and materials concept; roof in contrasting color as standard; a new interpretation of the optional Sport stripes in the same contrasting color on the bonnet, boot lid and rear apron, and in body color on the roof; anthracite roof liner as standard; new upholstery variants, exterior mirror colors, trim strips and color lines offer additional scope for customization.

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Also distinctive are the A-pillars and windshield, which are more sharply raked than on the Mini. The smaller frontal area makes an additional contribution to the aerodynamic properties of the Coupe. Airflow has been optimized to an even greater extent on the range-topping John Cooper Works Coupe. The most powerful member of the Coupe line-up is fitted with a John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit as standard in a nod to its dynamic capability.

Inside, the absence of a rear bench creates new scope for spontaneous driving enjoyment for two people while at the same time catering for the requirements of an active and varied lifestyle. The adaptable, 9.8 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk is extremely flexible. With a large, high-opening tailgate, and a 14 inch-wide and approx. 8 inch-high through-loading system that can also be opened from the driver’s or passenger’s seat, the Coupe offers cargo-carrying possibilities that will suit a wide range of needs, whether for daily routine, leisure or motoring for two.

The car’s practicality is further enhanced by larger door bins, three cupholders and a cross-rack behind the seats. Meanwhile, the variable luggage compartment cover eases stowage of particularly bulky items or sports equipment. When the boot lid is opened, the rear section of the three-dimensional cover is also raised. The entire cover can be detached, if required. The range of exterior paint finishes for the Mini Coupe body comprises nine colors. The car’s roof is painted as standard in a contrasting color; customers can choose from Jet Black, Pure Silver and – exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe – Chili Red. This gives the extravagant roof shape a particularly striking appearance. The only exception here is the Midnight Black body paint variant, which can be combined with a roof in Jet Black. Model-specific Sport stripes are available as an option. On the roof these come in body color, on the front and rear ends in the contrasting color.

The Mini Coupe is kitted out as standard with 15-inch, 16-inch or 17-inch light-alloy wheels, depending on the variant. Further wheel designs in these formats can be ordered as an option.

Special piping-style sports seats and the upholstery color Toffy – unique to the Coupe – add even more scope to the customary Mini variety of seat and upholstery variants. Added to which, the black sports seats can also be specified in Punch Leather with beige-colored perforations.

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Trim strips can be ordered in any of six variants, and a Chili Red option is also offered for the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe. A choice of five Color Lines is available; the Polar Beige variant can also be combined with beige-colored exterior mirrors. What’s more, customers can explore the additional, extremely exclusive interior design options offer by the Mini Yours range

The Coupe can be ordered with the most powerful gasoline engines in the brand’s arsenal. Outputs range from the 121 hp of the Mini Cooper Coupe, to Cooper S Coupe (181 hp), all the way up to the John Cooper Works Coupe, a thoroughbred athlete producing 208 hp.

The Mini Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe are available with an optional six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the six-speed manual item fitted as standard across the Coupe range.

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The standard-fitted six-speed manual gearbox sets a new benchmark in the segment with its short shift travel and impressively precise action. A ready-to-drive weight of 98.7 lb makes this the lightest gearbox of its kind. The Mini Cooper S Coupe comes with a new, self-adjusting clutch. Automatic readjustment ensures that the pedal feel you expect from a Mini is there to be enjoyed over the car’s full service life. Plus, the synchronization of the gears is further optimized by a carbon coating for the clutch linings. The ratios have been set to ensure that each gear change takes place at the optimum engine speed and thus allows a rapid progression of the acceleration process.

A six-speed automatic gearbox with Steptronic function can be ordered for the Mini Cooper Coupe and the Cooper S Coupe as an option. With its exceptionally short shift times and direct “target gear” finding capability on downshifts, the automatic likewise showcases the sporting character of the Coupe. The driver can also change gear manually using the selector lever, while shift paddles on the steering wheel are available as an additional option.

The Mini Cooper Coupe uses this instant pulling power to deliver impressive acceleration and races from rest to the 0-60 mph mark in just 8.3 seconds. Its top speed stands at 127 mph. This performance contrasts with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 5.4 liters per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 127 grams per kilometer.

The likewise 1.6-liter power unit under the bonnet of the Mini Cooper S Coupe comes with fully variable valve management as part of a package of technology and also features a twin-scroll turbocharger and gasoline direct injection. The exceptionally sporty Mini models bearing the John Cooper Works badge hold a very special status within the model range. Features such as engine technology derived directly from motorsports mark them out from the norm. The John Cooper Works Coupe adds another top-class athlete to the Mini ranks. A 208 hp four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection imbues it with unrestrained power, giving it the tools to do what Mini does best – entertaining drivers – even better.

The 1.6-liter engine under the bonnet of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe is largely the same as the unit powering the competitors in the MINI CHALLENGE Clubsport series. Numerous technical details originate directly from developments in motorsports, including the aluminum cylinder block and bearing mounts, reinforced pistons, a particularly high-strength cylinder head and lightweight crankshafts. The exhaust valves are sodium-filled to provide the extra cooling required by a turbocharged engine, and the intake camshaft features infinite phase adjustment. The modified turbocharger develops even greater charge pressure than the engine in the Mini Cooper S Coupe. The model-specific exhaust system can be identified from the outside by its polished stainless steel twin tailpipes, while its resonant soundtrack – best sampled from inside the cabin – adds a distinctive extra layer to the extreme sports machine’s character.

The engine generates peak output at 6,000 rpm and produces maximum torque of 192 lb-ft; the Overboost function pushes this figure up to 207 lb-ft for a short time. The instantaneous power development ensures imposing acceleration, the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe rocketing from a standstill to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 149 mph. And yet average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is kept at an unusually low level for cars in this output class; the Mini John Cooper Works Coupe burns just 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 km and has CO2 emissions of 165 grams per kilometer.

The Mini Coupe owes its agility and sure, safe handling not only to front-wheel drive and superior suspension technology, but also to a low center of gravity, a long wheelbase measuring 97.1 inches, and a front and rear track width of 57.4 inches and 57.8 inches respectively. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system is fitted as standard on the Mini Coupe. With its extensive functionality, it adds to the safe and sporty handling qualities.

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The Coupe comes with an impressive standard specification, further enhancing the driving fun available on board and underlining the car’s premium character. The equipment list includes air conditioning and speed-sensitive power steering. Height-adjustable sports seats, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors and the radio CD audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection are also included as standard.

High-quality items of optional equipment – some of which are unique in the small car segment – allow customers to further enhance the comfort and individuality of their Coupe. The list of options includes Park Distance Control with rear sensors, which makes parking and maneuvering that much easier, as well as front fog lamps, a rain sensor with automatic headlamp activation, and Adaptive Headlights (in conjunction with optional xenon light) which adjust the tilt of the headlights to the car’s steering angle and speed in order to optimize illumination of the road through corners. Xenon headlights can also be specified with black housing. Among the other options available are Comfort Access, an on-board computer, automatic climate control, heated seats, a multifunction steering wheel, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and exterior mirrors, an armrest, the storage package, and preparation for a rear luggage carrier rack.

Customers can also dip into the selection of exclusive options available from the Mini Yours range and ultra-sporty John Cooper Works options and accessories. Among the items owners can have fitted to maximize on-board entertainment and make communication even easier are the Harman Kardon sound system and USB audio interface. The Mini Visual Boost radio and Mini navigation system link up with a 6.5-inch high-resolution color display in the Center Speedo and the Bluetooth hands-free system with USB audio interface. This allows customers to access an even more extensive range of functions supported by a connected mobile device, including audio streaming via Bluetooth, album cover artwork display on the on-board monitor and innovative office functions. The maps for the Mini navigation system are stored on the car’s built-in Flash memory device and can be updated via the USB interface.

Customers specifying the Visual Boost radio or navigation system will also be able to access internet-based services inside the car courtesy of Mini Connected. Mini -specific functions can be uploaded via a Connected software application and operated using the joystick, steering wheel buttons and on-board monitor. Adopting the familiar display and operating logic, Connected enables comfortable, simple, secure and intuitive control of all functions while minimizing driver distraction. The Mini Connected App gives owners of an Apple iPhone access to innovative functions designed to enhance driving fun, entertainment and social networking.

Among the functions no other model in the MINI segment can offer are use of the Google local search and Google Send to Car services, as well as reception of user-definable RSS news feeds, the content of which is displayed on the on-board monitor and can be read out using the optional voice output function.

Mini also allows in-car usage of web-based social networks. Mini Connected customers can receive Facebook and Twitter posts inside the car, display them on the on-board monitor and have them read aloud by the optional Mini Connected voice output function. In addition, current vehicle data and details of the driver’s destination or the outside temperature can be added to preformatted text messages and sent out directly from the car using either service. With the Dynamic Music function, meanwhile, every journey in the Mini can be enjoyed to the soundtrack of specially arranged songs, whose rhythm and sound volume adjust to the driving style at any one time.

Engine variants:

Mini John Cooper Works Coupe:
1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, plus numerous technological details carried over directly from motorsports.
Displacement: 1,598 cc
Output: 208 hp at 6,000 rpm
Max. torque: 192 lb-ft at 1,850 – 5,600 rpm (207 lb-ft with Overboost at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm)
Acceleration: 0–60 mph: 6.1 seconds
Top speed: 149 mph
Average fuel consumption according to EU standard: 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers (US EPA estimates not yet available.)
CO2 emissions: 165g/km

Mini Cooper S Coupe:
1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and VALVETRONIC technology.
Displacement: 1,598 cc
Output: 181 hp at 5,500 rpm
Max. torque: 177 lb-ft at 1,600 – 5,000 rpm (192 lb-ft with Overboost at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm)
Acceleration: 0–60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Top speed: 142 mph
Average fuel consumption according to EU standard: 5.8 liters per 100 kilometers (US EPA estimates not yet available)
CO2 emissions: 136 g/km

Mini Cooper Coupe:
1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with VALVETRONIC technology.
Displacement: 1,598 cc
Output: 121 hp at 6,000 rpm
Max. torque: 118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm
Acceleration: 0–60 mph: 8.3 seconds
Top speed: 127 mph
Average fuel consumption according to EU standard: 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers (US EPA estimates not yet available)
CO2 emissions: 127 g/km

Exterior dimensions:

Length: 146.8 inches (Mini Cooper S Coupe, Mini John Cooper Works Coupe: 147 inches)
Width: 66.3 inches
Height: 54.6 inches (Mini Cooper S Coupe, Mini John Cooper Works Coupe: 54.5 inches)
Wheelbase: 97.1 inches

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