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2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible Spied with the Top Down, Nearly Undisguised

We’re seemingly just weeks away from seeing the Convertible version of the 2016 MINI Cooper S being unveiled and yet the Brits are keeping everything hush hush. Therefore, we can only guess when it’s going to come out but, to be honest, there isn’t a lot in there that could surprise us, is it?
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The Convertible Cooper S will probably be launched this summer, judging by our latest set of spyshots. The car in the pictures wears little to no camouflage whatsoever and it’s also riding with the top open which means they were probably testing aspects related to wind deflectors and such.

It also looks like it’s a Cooper S model judging by the front and rear bumpers but also by the covered up ’S’ letter in the front grille and the twin tailpipes in the back. There is one interesting detail to point out here though: the front brake calipers.

They’re red and wear the JCW logo which could point out to the car being the most hardcore version MINI will launch in the Convertible range. However, the rest of the body doesn’t fit the description so this might just be a Cooper S after all, fitted with superior brakes.

Under the bonnet lies a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 192 HP and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque. Hooked up to a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox, the drop-top should be pretty fast, somewhere around the 7-second mark to 100 km/h (62 mph).

Underneath it all, the UKL platform will be used, the one also employed for the 2 Series Active Tourer, Gran Tourer, and new X1. Inside the cabin, the usual MINI mix-mash will be applied, with the big center infotainment screen replacing the old speedometer and the other funky bits found on the new models included too.

As far as the pricing goes, don’t expect a huge increase over the outgoing model, as it was the case with the Hardtop versions. Maybe €300 to €500 more in Europe and a similar increase in the US. The launch should take place this year, even though we don’t know the exact date.

 
 
 
 
 

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