lb-ft @ 1600 - 5000 rpm
hp @ 5500 rpm
(from Mini press
release) The new MINI Convertible
* The next-generation model of the celebrated four-seat convertible
which achieves some 164,000 in worldwide sales. The new MINI
Convertible embodies the thrill of open-air motoring in unmistakably
MINI style. Raising the high standard set by its predecessor, the
new MINI Convertible features improvements in the areas of design,
quality, handling, performance, efficiency, and functionality.
* Evolutionary development of the car’s design: The two-door body
style and soft-top roof deliver unique proportions, sleek lines, and
truly individual style. Design cues clearly link the new convertible
to the MINI family of vehicles.
* Refined overall appearance highlighting the stretched silhouette
and ensuring enhanced presence from both front and rear. Expertly
modeled body surfaces, low-roofline for roadster-like flair,
concealed rollover protection bar. Signature MINI headlamps and
taillights. Four-pivot joints for the luggage compartment top are
mounted inside the car to ensure a harmonious and sleek appearance.
* Electrohydraulic-powered roof with the sliding roof function comes
standard, and allows the driver to open and close the soft top while
the car is in motion up to 20 mph. The standard Openometer feature
records the time spent travelling with the roof down. A wider range
of paint colors, roof colors, wheels, and upholstery and interior
trim choices provide endless opportunities for personalization.
Also, model-specific optional extras and special equipment are
* Newly developed, electromechanically operated rollover bar
situated behind the rear seats, is activated by the car’s central
safety electronics in the event of a rollover. The innovative safety
bar allows for optimum visibility to the rear and sides of the car.
An optional loading storage between the luggage and passenger
compartments expands the cargo space.
* The flexible storage system delivers outstanding functionality.
The easy-load system includes: an expanded luggage compartment
opening, rear seat backrests that can be folded down and locked into
position, and a pivoting, two-position shelf for packages.
* New generation of four-cylinder gasoline engines with Twin-Scroll
turbochargers or fully variable valve management. Engine capacity
1,598 cc, max output 118 hp (MINI Cooper Convertible) and 172 hp
(MINI Cooper S Convertible). Both engine variants are equipped with
a number of technical features that maximize fuel economy and
* MINI’s signature front-wheel drive, go-kart-like handling with
refined suspension technology tuned specifically to the MINI
Convertible. Electromechanical Power Steering (EPS). Brake system
with anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD),
Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Brake Assistant, as well as
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Start-Off Assistant are all
standard features. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with
Electronically Differential Lock Control (EDLC) feature on the drive
wheels enhances traction under acceleration, and is available as an
option or as part of the Sport Package.
* Crash-optimized body structure with newly conceived floorpan and
reinforced A-pillars and side-sills. Body stiffness further improved
over the former model, with a reduction in vehicle weight by 22 lb.
Three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, with belt latch
tensioners and belt force limiters at the front, frontal airbags,
head/thorax airbags at the side integrated in the seat backrest,
rollover sensor masterminding the rollover safety system, airbags
and belt latch tensioners with for optimized functionality. Run-flat
tires and Tire Pressure Monitor.
* MINI Cooper S Convertible:
Four-cylinder gasoline engine with Twin-Scroll turbocharger and
direct fuel injection.
Capacity: 1,598 cc, max output: 172 hp at 5,500 rpm.
Max torque: 177 lb-ft from 1,600–5,000 rpm
(192 lb-ft with Overboost).
Acceleration 0–60mph: 7.0 sec Manual, 7.2 Automatic, Top speed: 138
mph Manual, 135 mph Automatic.
* MINI Cooper Convertible:
Four-cylinder gasoline engine with VALVETRONIC technology.
Capacity: 1,598 cc, max output: 118 hp at 6,000 rpm.
Max torque: 114 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm.
Acceleration (0–60 mph): 8.9 sec Manual, 10.2 Automatic, Top speed:
124 mph Manual, 119 mph Automatic.
The new MINI Convertible.
The driving pleasure and
individual style that are MINI’s signatures have been tapped to
create the next-generation MINI Convertible. With its evolutionary
design and increased functionality, specially tuned suspension,
powerful, efficient engines and enhanced safety technology, the
latest version of the four-seat convertible raises the bar.
New color choices and equipment features add up to endless options
for personalization. The premium materials and finishes enhance the
MINI Convertible – the only open-air car in its class – even
The new MINI Convertible will make its worldwide debut in January at
the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Orders
for the MINI Convertible are being taken now; the price for the MINI
Cooper Convertible is $24,550 and for the MINI Cooper S Convertible
$27,450, including the $650 destination and handling charge.
Delivery of the first MINI Convertibles will begin on March 28,
The new MINI Convertible’s durable soft-top with integrated sliding
roof function reliably protects driver and passengers from the
elements when it is up. Allowing for spontaneous open-air motoring,
the soft top lowers automatically in 15 seconds flat, even when the
car is in motion up to 20 mph. The unique Openometer next to the
tachometer challenges the driver to log as many top-down miles as
possible by recording the hours spent open-air motoring.
The new MINI Convertible offers outstanding versatility with its
Easy-Load Function, folding rear-seat backrests, and
generously-sized loading between the luggage and passenger
compartments, which increases the car’s cargo space to 23.10 cu ft.
This level of versatility, unparalleled in the convertible segment
is enabled by the innovative design and construction of the rollover
protection bar. The new MINI Convertible comes with a single-piece
rollover protection bar behind the rear seats that spans the entire
interior width of the car, without obstructing the driver’s
visibility, and moves into position automatically in the event of a
The new MINI Convertible will be available in two engine variants.
The MINI Cooper Convertible will come equipped with a 1.6-liter,
four-cylinder engine featuring fully variable valve management for
maximum output of 118 hp at 6,000 rpm. The performance-oriented MINI
Cooper S Convertible will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder
engine with a Twin-Scroll turbocharger and direct gasoline injection
delivering 172 hp at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm.
From the start, the MINI Cooper S Convertible and the MINI Cooper
Convertible will be equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox
featured as standard with optional six-speed automatic transmission.
At the same time, the new MINI Convertible owes its nimble handling
characteristics to suspension technology that has been significantly
upgraded and improved over the former model. Its sophisticated wheel
suspension, precise electromechanical power steering, powerful brake
system and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) – all standard features –
allow the MINI convertible to set a new standard for agility and