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Spyshots: 2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible Seen With Top Down

The rapeseed crops are in full bloom in Germany, the perfect time to have a pleasant drive in a cabriolet. However, this MINI Cooper S Convertible is not taking it easy, as it's getting ready for production.
2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible 10 photos
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After MINI launched the all-new hardtop in 2014, the rag-top model is almost set to be revealed. The lessons they learned are going to be put to good use when the Cabriolet launches, as many things will differ from the previous generation.

For starters, this is a Cooper S prototype, which means that under the bonnet is a 2-liter turbocharged TwinPower engine from BMW, good for 192 PS. It replaces the old 1.6-liter, offering a wider power band, better performance yet also more miles to the gallon.

Considering buyers will spend more to have a convertible roof, some might not stretch their budgets all the way to the Cooper S. That's why the Cooper is so important, because it's the most improved model of the range. Gone is the old 1.6, replaced by a 1.5 turbo that has one less cylinder but a lot more torque.

MINI have also updated the 6-speed automatic gearbox for quicker responses. Other engines should be available, including an 116 PS 1.5 for the Cooper D and a 170 PS 2-liter for the Cooper SD model.

Another thing that makes the MINI Convertible special is the range of options available. For instance, you can have yellow paint, LED headlights, parking sensors at every corner, leather with piping or graphics.

The cabin will feel instantly more modern to anyone transitioning from the Mk2 to the Mk2 Convertible. The new display and operating concept can be supplemented with an infotainment system of up to 8.8 inches in size, fitted in the center where the speedo used, as well as the MINI Controller with a touch-sensitive surface (iDrive feature).
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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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