MINI RoadsterFebruary 3, 2012
The MINI Roadster is the first open-top two-seater in the brand’s history and will be available with a choice of four petrol and diesel engines from launch, with 62.8 mpg on offer from the MINI Cooper SD Roadster .
The Roadster has the most powerful petrol and diesel units in the MINI line-up; there’s the MINI Cooper Roadster (122 hp, 49.6 mpg, CO 2
emissions: 133 g/km), the MINI Cooper SD Roadster (143 hp, 62.8 mpg, CO 2
emissions: 118 g/km), MINI Cooper S Roadster (184 hp, 47.1 mpg, CO 2
emissions: 139 g/km), and the 211 hp MINI John Cooper Works Roadster (38.7 mpg, CO 2
emissions: 169 g/km).
The ‘go-kart handling’ of a MINI is enhanced with Electric Power Steering with speed-sensitive power assistance coming as standard, as does DSC (Dynamic Stability Control); while Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) is standard on the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster and optional on all other models.
The two-seater has a stowage area behind the driver and passenger seats, a through-loading system and a 240-litre luggage area.
The MINI Roadster comes with a manually-opening soft-top roof, an optional wind protection insert between the roll-over bars, polished stainless steel roll-over bars and an active rear spoiler, which extends automatically once the car reaches a speed of 50 mph.
The range of standard equipment includes air conditioning (MINI Cooper S Roadster, MINI Cooper SD Roadster, MINI John Cooper Works Roadster), electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, Park Distance Control, height-adjustable seats and an audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection.
Options such as xenon Adaptive Headlights, black headlight housing, Comfort Access and the ‘Always Open Timer’ can be specified.
The MINI Roadster will be produced alongside the MINI, MINI Clubman, MINI Convertible and MINI Coupé in the UK.
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