The two-door model follows the lines of the 2009 concept that was created to celebrate MINI’s 50th birthday and differs from the regular hatchback Cooper by having less glass and that distinctive backwards “helmet roof” design. The A-pillars are also more swept back, and the boot comes with a retractable wing that automatically pops up when you go over 50 mph, so the Police will know if you’re speeding around town.
Inside, MINI has kept the layout of the Cooper, but there are exclusive color combinations available. In addition, removing the rear seats has created a larger 280-litre boot that can also be opened from the driver’s or passenger’s seat.
The base model is powered by a normally-aspirated 1.6-liter engine and will set you back £16,640. The four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve management is based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology and provides 122 hp at 6,000 rpm. The 0 to 62 mph sprint takes 9.0 seconds and the car tops out at 127 mph.
The Cooper S Coupe will offer a more impressive 184 horsepower from a turbocharged version of the same engine and will cost from £19,775 in the UK, while the diesel-powered Cooper SD will require £20,510 of your hard-earned cash. It might only have to offer 143 horsepower from its 2.0-liter engine, but it’s also more economical and emits 114 grams per kilometer of CO2.
The top-of-the-range John Cooper Works model that you can see in the pictures below costs £23,795, but you get a stiffer suspension and 211 horsepower from an in-house tuned 1.6-liter turbo engine. Naught to 62 mph takes 6.4 seconds and the top speed is a respectable 149 mph.