It’s not a well-kept secret that Mini is expanding its product family with the launch of a model. After bringing us the larger Countryman, because the regular Mini was too small, they are now announcing the two-seat Mini Coupé presumably because all other Minis were too big?
The first two-seater in its line-up, US versions of the Mini Coupé can be ordered with the most powerful engines in the brand’s arsenal. Outputs range from 121hp to 181hp for the Cooper S model, all the way up to the John Cooper Works Coupe producing 208hp.
To maintain the brand’s characteristic levels of handling, the Couep gets Electric Power Steering, standard-fit DSC stability control system, DTC traction control with optional EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) that’s standard on the John Cooper Works model.
The car has a flat silhouette and innovative “helmet roof” that’s hard to see in the photos of the disguised prototype that were released. However, the car gets an integral roof spoiler plus an active rear spoiler that extends automatically at 50mph to optimize airflow at higher speeds. Helped by its high-opening tailgate and large luggage area, the Coupe will still offer versatility in day-to-day driving.
The Coupe will get a six-speed manual transmission as standard, or an optional six-speed automatic. 15-inch wheels are standard specification on the Mini Cooper Coupe, with a 16-inch version standard on the Cooper S Coupe. The John Cooper Works Coupe is specified with 17-inch, weight-optimized wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke Challenge styling. In the US, the Cooper S and John Cooper Works Coupe models are equipped with standard run-flat tires, which is optional for the Cooper model. All models feature a Tire Pressure Monitor System as standard.
Mini John Cooper Works Coupe:
1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, plus numerous technological details carried over directly from motorsports.
Output: 208hp at 6000rpm
Max. torque: 192 lb-ft at 1850-5600 rpm (207 lb-ft with Overboost)
Acceleration: 0-60 mph 6.1 seconds
Top speed: 149 mph
Mini Cooper S Coupe:
1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s Valvetronic technology.
Output: 181hp at 5500rpm
Max. torque: 177 lb-ft at 1600-5000rpm (192 lb-ft with Overboost)
Acceleration: 0–60 mph 6.5 seconds
Top speed: 142 mph
Mini Cooper Coupe:
1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s Valvetronic technology.
Output: 121hp at 6000rpm
Max. torque: 118 lb-ft at 4250rpm
Acceleration: 0–60 mph 8.3 seconds
Top speed: 127 mph
Length: 146.8 inches (Cooper S, John Cooper Works
Coupe: 147 inches)
Width: 66.3 inches
Height: 54.6 inches (Cooper S Coupe, John Cooper Works
Coupe: 54.5 inches)
Wheelbase: 97.1 inches