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MINI Reveals Sporty 2012 Cooper Coupe [Image Gallery]

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When BMW chose to relaunch the MINI brand back in the early 2000s, many thought the idea of mixing small cars with premium features and a sport driving experience would create too much of a jack of all trades. Despite having cramped back seats and a hefty price tag, the MINI Cooper was a great success and led to the introduction of a convertible and eventually the Countryman crossover.

The company that has been teasing us for a while now with details and official spyshots has finally taken the camouflage off and is presenting the 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe. By losing a pair of seats and gaining a roof that is rumored to have been designed after a teenager’s back-to-front baseball hat, the Coupe is undeniably a true MINI at heart. The first set of images released show the more powerful JCW kit, which brings with it a more aggressive chin spoiler and enlarged wheel arches. Where the 2012 Coupe really differs from the regular hatchback is in that boot, which features a retractable wing. The tech is a new feature for the whole BMW Group, indicating that it might arrive on future propeller-badged cars as well.

In Europe, there will be four versions to pick from: the base Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, Cooper SD Coupe (diesel-powered) and the John Cooper Works Coupe, while in America, the oil-burner will not yet be made available.

The base Cooper Coupe offers a 1.6-liter normally aspirated petrol engine with 122 horsepower, while the Cooper S adds a turbocharger that bumps output to a more impressive 184 hp. The SD Cooper gets a 2.0-liter turbodiesel with common-rail injection that’s good for 143 hp. The flagship of the Coupe range is the mighty 211 hp, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.4 seconds and has a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). Despite the hothatch performance, the JCW Coupe averages 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres (39.8 mpg) and only emits 165 g/km of CO2.

We eagerly await the stylish Coupe to make its auto show debut in Frankfurt this September.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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