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MINI Coupe Concept

This is the
MINI Coupe Concept, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show from
17-27 September 2009.

MINI says it
will be “the most dynamic and agile MINI ever built. Strictly a two-seater, the
low roof line, compact dimensions, perfect axle load distribution and
lightweight construction are all trademarks of a genuine sports car.”

The MINI
Coupe Concept is engineered to receive the most powerful engine in the current
MINI line-up. The 211hp, 1.6-litre twin scroll turbocharged power unit found in
current John Cooper Works models offers CO2 emissions of 165g/km and fuel
efficiency of 40.9mpg (combined).

MINI says
that the weight-saving aluminium roof and its roof spoiler optimises the
aerodynamics – but it does look a little weird, especially the way the roof drops behind the door window. It comes with a tailgate which
is hinged above the roof spoiler. The bulkhead between the passenger and
luggage compartments comes with a lockable opening, giving passengers access to
the rear section at any time.

The Coupe Concept
will come with front wheel drive, powerful disc brakes on all four wheels,
McPherson spring struts on the front axle and a centrally guided rear axle with
aluminium longitudinal arms and anti-roll bars.

With a
Crossover model in the final stages of development and Hatch, Clubman and
Convertible models currently on the roads in nearly 80 countries worldwide,
MINI says it aims to offer a varied and exciting range of small premium cars to
customers in the coming years.

MINI suggests
that MINIMALISM technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration, Shift Point
Display and Auto Start/Stop will feature on future derivatives including the
Coupe Concept.

The images of
the MINI Coupe Concept come exactly fifty years on since the first Mini was
presented to the public on 26 August 1959.