MINI Roadster Makes Energetic Debut in Detroit

There’s a new and impressive member to the ever-growing MINI family of vehicle. It’s the brand new MINI Roadster that made a funky and youthful motor show debut yesterday in the city of motown music, Detroit.
This two-seater roadster has a manually operated top to keep weight down and will hit the US market in three flavors. The 2012 MINI Cooper Roader base model will set you back $25,050, for which you get the base 1.6-liter with 121 horsepower. Next up is the Cooper S Roadster, which starts at $28,050 and offers a more respectable 184 hp from a turbocharged version of the same engine.

The US market doesn’t enjoy any sort of MINI diesel variant, but you can have the range-toppig JCW Roadster with 206 horsepower, and a more track-focused setup, cool graphics and body kit and the usual JCW rims. This starts at $35,200, and will be available in the spring, together with the other versions.
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