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(from Mini Press
Release) MINI is expanding its product family with the
launch of a model geared squarely to maximising driving fun. The
MINI Coupé indulges the keen driver with a level of agility
unmatched in the small car segment, along with a unique body and
interior concept and the brand’s customary commitment to premium
levels of quality and equipment. The first two-seater in its line-up
sees MINI not only breathe new life into its successful racing
history but also provide a shot in the arm for the super-compact
sports car class. The selection of engines, chassis set-up, weight
distribution and aerodynamic properties of the MINI Coupé are all
focused on delivering optimum performance. As a result, the new car
radiates the brand’s hallmark go-kart feeling with a whole new depth
of intensity and achieves the best performance statistics ever
recorded by a volume-produced MINI.
The latest generation of
four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
The MINI Coupé can be
ordered with the most powerful petrol and diesel engines in the
brand’s arsenal. Outputs range from the 90 kW/122 hp of the MINI
Cooper Coupé, to the MINI Cooper SD Coupé (105 kW/143 hp) and MINI
Cooper S Coupé (135 kW/184 hp), all the way up to the MINI John
Cooper Works Coupé, a thoroughbred athlete producing 155 kW/211 hp.
The ultimate in go-kart feeling.
A level of chassis
quality unmatched in the small car segment gives the new MINI model
the handling flair you would expect from the brand. The precise
Electric Power Steering, the standard-fitted DSC stability control
system, powerful brakes and measures designed specifically to
optimise torsional rigidity ensure the MINI Coupé driver can enjoy
the ultimate in go-kart feeling.
Distinctive roof form, optimised
aerodynamics, impressive storage space.
Its flat silhouette and
innovative “helmet roof” lend the MINI Coupé a sporty and individual
allure. In addition to the integral roof spoiler, an active rear
spoiler optimises airflow at higher speeds. Helped by its extremely
high-opening tailgate and large luggage area with through-loading
facility, the MINI Coupé displays outstanding versatility in
day-to-day driving, when transporting leisure items or sports gear,
and on trips out with a lucky partner.
• MINI gives the small car segment another fascinating injection of
variety with the presentation of the first two-seater in the brand’s
current model range. The MINI Coupé represents the faithful
transposition of the brand’s sporting DNA into a cutting-edge
vehicle concept with a new interpretation of the super-compact
sports car class; unrivalled handling agility and the best
performance figures of any model in the MINI line-up; innovative
design with a distinctive “helmet roof” form and optimised
aerodynamic properties; a wide-opening tailgate and large,
variable-use luggage area ensuring extensive versatility.
• Latest generation of
four-cylinder engines; most powerful petrol and diesel units in the
MINI range; engine technology underpinned by the development
expertise of the BMW Group / derived directly from motor sport; MINI
John Cooper Works Coupé with 155 kW/211 hp, MINI Cooper S Coupé with
135 kW/184 hp, MINI Cooper Coupé with 90 kW/122 hp, MINI Cooper SD
Coupé with 105 kW/143 hp; exceptional efficiency thanks to wide
range of standard MINIMALISM technology; six-speed manual gearbox
fitted as standard, six-speed automatic optional for MINI Cooper S
Coupé, MINI Cooper Coupé and MINI Cooper SD Coupé.
• A chassis set-up,
weight balance and body structure geared squarely to providing
unbeatable driving fun gives the car’s go-kart feeling unrivalled
depth; Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control)
as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic
Differential Lock Control) optional (standard on MINI John Cooper
Works Coupé); innovative pedestrian protection systems and measures
to enhance body rigidity shift the car’s weight balance slightly
further forward, giving the front-wheel-drive MINI Coupé optimised
traction; agility and safety boosted by increase in torsional
rigidity using carefully targeted, model-specific strengthening
• First “three-box” MINI with strikingly stepped rear end in the
classic style of a gran turismo; sporty, flat coupé silhouette; sits
29 millimetres lower than MINI; new, faithful expression of the
hallmark MINI design language; distinctive “helmet roof” with
integral roof spoiler; first MINI with an active rear spoiler to
optimise airflow at higher speeds; rear spoiler extends
automatically at 80 km/h (50 mph).
• Strict two-seater
concept with extended stowage and loading capacity behind the driver
and passenger seats; large, variable-use luggage area; large
through-loading facility into the passenger compartment; wide and
extremely high-opening tailgate makes loading easier.
• Engine variants: MINI
John Cooper Works Coupé: Four-cylinder petrol engine with
twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection, plus numerous
technological details carried over directly from motor sport.
Displacement: 1,598 cc, output: 155 kW/211 hp at 6,000 rpm, max.
torque: 260 Nm/192 lb-ft at 1,850 – 5,600 rpm (280 Nm/207 lb-ft with
Overboost at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm). Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62 mph):
6.4 seconds, top speed: 240 km/h (149 mph). Average fuel consumption
according to EU standard: 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres (39.8 mpg
imp), CO2 emissions: 165 g/km. MINI Cooper S Coupé: Four-cylinder
petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and
fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC
technology. Displacement: 1,598 cc, output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,500
rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm/177 lb-ft at 1,600 – 5,000 rpm (260 Nm/192
lb-ft with Overboost at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm). Acceleration: 0–100 km/h
(62 mph): 6.9 seconds, top speed: 230 km/h (143 mph). Average fuel
consumption according to EU standard: 5.8 litres per 100
kilometres (48.7 mpg imp), CO2 emissions: 136 g/km. MINI Cooper
Coupé: Four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve
management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.
Displacement: 1,598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 hp at 6,000 rpm, max.
torque: 160 Nm/118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm, Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62
mph): 9.0 seconds, top speed: 204 km/h (127 mph), Average fuel
consumption according to EU standard: 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres
(52.3 mpg imp), CO2 emissions: 127 g/km. MINI Cooper SD Coupé:
Four-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common-rail
injection and variable turbine geometry. Displacement: 1,995 cc,
output: 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm/225 lb-ft at
1,750 – 2,700 rpm. Acceleration: 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 7.9 seconds,
top speed: 216 km/h (134 mph). Average fuel consumption according to
EU standard: 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (65.7 mpg imp), CO2
emissions: 114 g/km.
• Exterior dimensions:
Length: 3,728 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Coupé, MINI John Cooper
Works Coupé: 3,734 millimetres) Width: 1,683 millimetres Height:
1,378 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Coupé, MINI John Cooper Works Coupé:
1,384 millimetres) Wheelbase: 2,467 millimetres
In the MINI Coupé, engine power is converted into pure driving fun
more directly and comprehensively than ever. Cutting-edge drive
system technology ensures that the engine’s output and torque are
generated with exceptional efficiency – and experienced with great
intensity by the driver. Instantaneous power development delivers
impressive sports performance, while high elasticity and optimum
gear ratios guarantee unbeatable agility in mid-range acceleration.
Plus, extensive MINIMALISM technology makes the driver a less
frequent visitor to the pumps.
The MINI Coupé therefore
takes a thoroughly modern route to delivering an extra dose of urban
driving fun. At the same time, the brand’s racing genes are clearly
reflected in its character. Customers can choose from a selection of
four engines for their MINI Coupé. All the model variants carry the
Cooper name in their designation. Traditionally, this familiar badge
has been a sign of outstanding sporting ability and a nod to the
brand’s association with legendary Formula One designer John Cooper.
This is the man who smoothed the passage of the classic Mini into
race competition. Its racing exploits have long since passed into
legend, reaching their zenith with three overall victories in the
Monte Carlo Rally. The MINI Coupé has also been created with winning
in mind. Indeed, the MINI Cooper Coupé, MINI Cooper S Coupé, MINI
John Cooper Works Coupé and MINI Cooper SD Coupé offer a blend of
fuel consumption and driving fun unmatched within their respective
Outputs stretch from the
90 kW/122 hp of the MINI Cooper Coupé, to the MINI Cooper SD Coupé
with 105 kW/143 hp and MINI Cooper S Coupé with 135 kW/184 hp, all
the way up to the extremely sporty MINI John Cooper Works Coupé
developing 155 kW/211 hp. The MINI Cooper Coupé, MINI Cooper S Coupé
and MINI Cooper SD Coupé are available with an optional six-speed
automatic gearbox as an alternative to the six-speed manual item
fitted as standard across the Coupé range.
3. Instantaneous power. Engines and transmissions.
MINI Cooper Coupé: high in energy,
low in CO2.
The new member of the
MINI family displays an infectious spirit and verve – even in
entry-level form. The four-cylinder petrol engine in the MINI Cooper
Coupé produces 90 kW/122 hp from its 1.6-litre displacement,
reaching this maximum output at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque of 160 Newton
metres (118 lb-ft) is on tap at 4,250 rpm. The secret behind the
engine’s lightning-fast response to every movement of the
accelerator pedal lies primarily in the fully variable valve
management system unique in the MINI segment. This throttle-free
load control technology is based on the VALVETRONIC system found in
BMW engines and optimises both the engine’s responsiveness and its
fuel consumption and emissions. Within fractions of a second, the
valve management wizardry adjusts the stroke and opening period of
the intake valves to the amount of output required, with the
camshaft acting on the valves through an additional intermediate
arm, and not directly through the cam follower. The pivot point of
this additional intermediate arm is infinitely adjustable by an
eccentric shaft controlled by an electric motor. The throttle
butterfly – used to control load in conventional engines – is fitted
solely as an emergency backup and for diagnostic purposes. Under
normal circumstances it remains fully open at all times to minimise
flow losses in the intake manifold.
The MINI Cooper Coupé
uses this instantaneous pulling power to deliver impressive
acceleration and races from rest to the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark in
just 9.0 seconds. Its top speed stands at 204 km/h (127 mph). This
performance contrasts with average fuel consumption in the EU test
cycle of 5.4 litres per 100 km (52.3 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of
127 grams per kilometre.
MINI Cooper S Coupé: unbeatable
efficiency, intoxicating driving fun.
The likewise 1.6-litre
power unit under the bonnet of the MINI Cooper S Coupé comes with
fully variable valve management as part of a package of technology
which also features a twin-scroll turbocharger and petrol direct
injection. In this type of charge system the ducts of two cylinders
are combined with one another in the exhaust manifold and in the
turbocharger. This construction leads to instantaneous development
of charge pressure. Meanwhile, direct injection allows extremely
precise amounts of fuel to be fed into the cylinders, promoting
clean and efficient combustion. The combination of turbocharging,
direct injection and variable valve management produces maximum
output of 135 kW/184 hp at 5,500 rpm and makes the four-cylinder
unit in the MINI Cooper S Coupé the world’s most efficient engine in
its displacement class.
Maximum torque of 240
Newton metres (177 lb-ft) is on tap as low down as 1,600 rpm, and
can be raised to 260 Newton metres (192 lb-ft) for a short time
using the Overboost. This function serves up additional pulling
power to ensure particularly dynamic acceleration. The MINI Cooper S
Coupé dashes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.9 seconds, and
its top speed stands at 230 km/h (143 mph). These performance
figures team up with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle
of 5.8 litres per 100 km (48.7 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 136
grams per kilometre.
MINI John Cooper Works Coupé: an extreme athlete in peak form.
The exceptionally sporty
MINI models bearing the John Cooper Works badge hold a very special
status within the model range. Features such as engine technology
derived directly from motor sport mark them out from the norm. The
MINI John Cooper Works Coupé adds another top-class athlete to the
MINI ranks. A 155 kW/211 hp four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll
turbocharger and direct injection imbues it with unrestrained power,
giving it the tools to do what MINI does best – entertaining drivers
– even better.
The 1.6-litre engine
under the bonnet of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé is largely the
same as the unit powering the competitors in the MINI CHALLENGE
Clubsport series. Numerous technical details originate directly from
developments in motor sport, including the aluminium cylinder block
and bearing mounts, reinforced pistons, a particularly high-strength
cylinder head and lightweight crankshafts. The exhaust valves are
sodium-filled to provide the extra cooling required by a
turbocharged engine, and the intake camshaft features infinite phase
adjustment. The modified turbocharger develops even greater charge
pressure than the engine in the MINI Cooper S Coupé. The
model-specific exhaust system can be identified from the outside by
its polished stainless steel twin tailpipes, while its resonant
soundtrack – best sampled from inside the cabin – adds a distinctive
extra layer to the extreme sports machine’s character.
The engine generates
peak output at 6,000 rpm and produces maximum torque of 260 Newton
metres (192 lb-ft); the Overboost function pushes this figure up to
280 Newton metres (207 lb-ft) for a short time. The instantaneous
power development ensures imposing acceleration, the MINI John
Cooper Works Coupé rocketing from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph)
in 6.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). And
yet average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is kept at an
unusually low level for cars in this output class; the MINI John
Cooper Works Coupé burns just 7.1 litres of fuel per 100 km (39.8
mpg imp) and has CO2 emissions of 165 grams per kilometre.
MINI Cooper SD Coupé: brawny yet economical.
As an alternative to the
three petrol units, the MINI Coupé can also be ordered with a diesel
engine. Its incredibly sporty power development allows it to slot
perfectly into the engine line-up, where it occupies pole position
in the efficiency standings. The four-cylinder diesel unit under the
bonnet of the MINI Cooper SD Coupé comes with an all-aluminium
crankcase, a turbocharger with variable intake geometry and
common-rail direct injection with solenoid-valve injectors. It
produces a maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp from its 2.0-litre
displacement, a figure achieved at 4,000 rpm. Thanks to muscular
pulling power sustained all the way from low engine speeds into the
higher reaches of the rev range, the most powerful diesel
representative of the MINI engine line-up offers both an impressive
balance between power and fuel economy and the ideal platform for a
sporty driving style.
The engine’s maximum
torque of 305 Newton metres 225 (166 lb-ft) is available between
1,750 and 2,700 rpm, and the MINI Cooper SD Coupé needs a mere 7.9
seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph). Top speed is 216 km/h
(134 mph). Proof of its outstanding efficiency is demonstrated by
average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 4.3 litres per 100
km (65.7 mpg imp). The CO2 emissions of the MINI Cooper SD Coupé
stand at 114 grams per kilometre.
A lot of power from a little fuel:
MINIMALISM technology as standard.
All model variants of
the MINI Coupé come as standard with a wide range of MINIMALISM
technology. In addition to the engines’ efficiency, features such as
Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start/Stop function, Shift Point
Display, Electric Power Steering and the need-based operation of
ancillary components help to make efficient use of the energy
contained in the fuel and deliver exceptionally low CO2 emissions.
Added to which, innovative thermal encapsulation of the drivetrain
shortens the fuel-sapping warm-up period after a cold start.
six-speed manual gearbox sets a new benchmark in the segment with
its short shift travel and impressively precise action. A
ready-to-drive weight of 44.8 kilograms (98.7 lb) makes this the
lightest gearbox of its kind. The MINI Cooper S Coupé and MINI
Cooper SD Coupé come with a new, self-adjusting clutch. Automatic
readjustment ensures that the pedal feel you expect from a MINI is
there to be enjoyed over the car’s full service life. Plus, the
synchronisation of the gears is further optimised by a carbon
coating for the clutch linings. The ratios have been set to ensure
that each gear change takes place at the optimum engine speed and
thus allows a rapid progression of the acceleration process.
A six-speed automatic
gearbox with Steptronic function can be ordered for the MINI Cooper
Coupé, MINI Cooper S Coupé and MINI Cooper SD Coupé as an option.
With its exceptionally short shift times and direct “target gear”
finding capability on downshifts, the automatic likewise showcases
the sporting character of the MINI Coupé. The driver can also change
gear manually using the selector lever, while shift paddles on the
steering wheel are available as an additional option.
The suspension system effortlessly translates the power of the MINI
Coupé engines into a fun-filled and agile driving experience,
delivering the sharp handling typical of MINI that also contributes
to a high standard of active safety. With the suspension technology
closely matched to the engine power, the MINI Coupé provides the
most intensive expression to date of the trademark MINI driving
experience, or go-kart feeling. Even when pushed hard in dynamic
driving situations, the outstanding quality of the suspension,
control arms, steering and brake system ensures confident control of
the vehicle at all times.
The MINI Coupé owes its
agility and sure, safe handling not only to front-wheel drive and
superior suspension technology, but also to a low centre of gravity,
a long wheelbase measuring 2,467 millimetres, and a front and rear
track width of 1,459 and 1,467 mm respectively. The Dynamic
Stability Control (DSC) system is fitted as standard on the MINI
Coupé. With its extensive functionality, it adds to the safe and
sporty handling qualities.
Suspension technology: specific to
MINI and unique in its segment.
components and a design that draws on the outstanding engineering
expertise of the BMW Group, the MINI range offers suspension quality
that is unique in this segment. In the MINI Coupé too, the
suspension technology – as ever designed specifically and
exclusively for the MINI – plays a big part in giving the vehicle
its typical MINI character. This MINI-specific development approach
is also responsible for the excellent balance between ride comfort
and cornering stability, as well as the remarkably low levels of
torque steer even when accelerating hard.
MacPherson strut front
suspension provides excellent wheel location, while the
sophisticated kinematics of the multi-link rear suspension maintain
optimal road grip at all times. The longitudinal control arms are
made of aluminium, which cuts down on weight. Anti-roll bars reduce
body roll to a minimum and make their own contribution to safety and
agility. The suspension components have been meticulously adapted to
the sporty personality and specific weight balance of the MINI Coupé
and the body calibration on all model versions emphasises their
sparkling handling characteristics. The optional sports suspension
has firmer damper settings and comes with sturdier anti-roll bars
front and rear. For a “hard-core” racing experience, the accessories
range offers John Cooper Works suspension, with a 10 mm drop in ride
height, ultra-firm damping and anti-roll bars whose diameter is even
larger than on the sports suspension package.
15-inch alloy wheels are
standard specification on the MINI Cooper Coupé, with a 16-inch
version standard on the MINI Cooper S Coupé and MINI Cooper SD Coupé.
The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé is specified with 17-inch, weight-optimised
alloy wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke CHALLENGE styling.
This model has run-flat tyres, so it is possible to continue
driving, subject to certain restrictions, even after a complete loss
of tyre pressure. The run-flat tyres are also available, as an
option, for all other model versions. All models feature a Tyre
Defect Indicator as standard.
Guaranteed precision: Electric
Power Steering and powerful brakes.
The compelling handling
is also partly down to Electric Power Steering (EPS), which gives
the MINI Coupé excellent directional control in all situations. This
electromechanical power steering system is particularly effective at
soaking up steering shocks and other vibrations. The integrated
active return function ensures that the steering wheel always
returns precisely to the centre position when straightening up after
a turn. The speed-dependent power assist reduces the steering effort
required from the driver when parking and manoeuvring and,
conversely, reduces the amount of assist at higher speeds to improve
road feel and directional stability.
The Electric Power
Steering also helps to make the MINI more energy-efficient since its
electric motor only operates on demand, when steering assistance is
actually required. No power is consumed during straightline driving
or steady-state cornering.
The MINI Coupé’s
Electric Power Steering is also available with variable power assist
levels. A Sport Button on the centre console, standard in the case
of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé and optionally available for all
other model versions, allows the driver to choose between the basic
power assist level and a second mode designed to support a more
performance-minded driving style. This second mode requires more
steering input but provides a more responsive steering feel.
Simultaneously, pressing the Sport Button also alters the response
characteristics of the accelerator, which immediately delivers
sharper, sportier reactions.
The MINI Coupé’s
model-specific braking system provides powerful, fade-free
deceleration, even under the hardest braking. The vented front brake
discs have a diameter of 280 millimetres on the MINI Cooper Coupé,
294 millimetres on the MINI Cooper S Coupé and MINI Cooper SD Coupé,
and 316 millimetres on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé. Optimal
braking performance at the rear is provided by 259 mm discs (MINI
John Cooper Works Coupé: 280 mm).
DSC Dynamic Stability Control as
standard: optimised traction with DTC and EDLC.
Dynamic Stability Control system, with extensive functionality, is a
benchmark in the MINI segment. DSC makes an important contribution
to safe and agile handling. In very dynamic driving situations and
on slippery surfaces, the system can selectively brake individual
wheels and reduce engine power to prevent a front- or rear-end slide
at the earliest possible stage. The system includes integral
anti-lock braking (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD),
Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist.
Control is combined as standard on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé,
and optionally on all other model versions, with the Dynamic
Traction Control system (DTC) with integrated Electronic
Differential Lock Control (EDLC). DTC, which can be activated at the
push of a button, raises the response thresholds to make it easier
to move off on loose sand or snow, allowing the drive wheels to spin
slightly in the process. DTC also allows a degree of controlled
wheel slip under very sporty cornering. A longer push of the button
fully deactivates the DSC system. With DSC in “off” mode, the EDLC
system responds instead, in relevant situations. EDLC offers
enhanced performance characteristics when accelerating hard out of
corners and tight bends by precisely controlled braking of a drive
wheel that is starting to spin. This improves traction without
negatively affecting the understeer/oversteer characteristics of the
car. The result is smoother, faster cornering.
Both in handling and body design, the MINI Coupé embodies the
trademark values of the brand in a new, very intense yet at the same
time highly characteristic and unmistakable form. Its appearance
radiates concentrated energy, and its performance delivers
concentrated driving pleasure the moment it takes to the road. The
MINI Coupé’s contemporary, modern-day vehicle concept is based on a
systematic, minimalist and authentic reworking of the classic
hallmarks of the traditional ultra-compact sports car segment.
The MINI Coupé is the
first two-seater volume-production model from MINI since the brand
was relaunched. The absence of a rear seat bench creates new scope
for offering spontaneous driving enjoyment for two people while at
the same time catering for the requirements of an active and varied
lifestyle. The spacious, adaptable boot is extremely flexible. With
a large, high-opening tailgate and a wide through-loading system
that can also be opened from the driver’s or passenger’s seat, the
MINI Coupé offers cargo-carrying possibilities that will suit a wide
range of needs, whether for daily routine, leisure or touring for
Unique body concept and expressive
The body design is based
on an authentic interpretation of typical MINI design, with a clear
emphasis on the brand’s sporty DNA. At the same time the MINI Coupé
adds its own bold and distinctive styling signature which, though
extending beyond individual details, does not compromise the
instantly recognisable brand identity. The design language, with its
combination of athletically sculpted surfaces, harmonious curves and
parallel lines, follows all the salient MINI styling principles. At
the same time, however, the Coupé also breaks the mould – as the
first MINI to adopt a three-box body structure. Unlike the MINI, the
MINI Clubman and the MINI Convertible, the MINI Coupé is divided
into three distinct segments – engine compartment, passenger
compartment and boot. This structure helps to create a classic and
very distinctive Gran Turismo-style rear end, particularly when the
MINI Coupé is seen in silhouette.
The exterior dimensions
give the MINI Coupé very sporty proportions and a low,
forward-thrusting profile. The new two-seater measures 3,714 mm in
length (MINI Cooper S Coupé, MINI John Cooper Works Coupé: 3,734 mm)
and 1,683 mm in width, with a height of 1,378 mm (MINI Cooper S
Coupé, MINI John Cooper Works Coupé: 1,384 mm). In other words,
while the overall length, overall width and wheelbase (2,467 mm) are
almost identical to the measurements of the MINI, the overall height
has been reduced by 29 millimetres. Oval recesses in the roof liner
provide extra headroom inside the car.
The clear horizontal structuring into three distinct tiers – the
body, the wrap-around glass areas and the strikingly superimposed
roof – is a typical MINI hallmark. However, the innovative “helmet
roof” in particular gives the MINI Coupé a distinctive appearance
from every angle.
Also distinctive are the A-pillars and windscreen, which are more
sharply raked than on the MINI. The resulting smaller frontal area
gives the MINI Coupé excellent aerodynamic properties.
Stiff body, ideal weight balance.
The MINI Coupé is
equipped with extra bodyshell stiffening at the rear, which means
that the overall torsional rigidity of the body is even higher than
on the MINI. In conjunction with the extra-sturdy side sills, this
optimises the occupant protection provided by the strong passenger
cell. At the same time the high level of body stiffness on the MINI
Coupé also enhances agility and precise handling control.
At the front of the vehicle, too, there are special body stiffening
measures, along with innovative features to improve pedestrian
protection. The resulting weight distribution has major benefits for
vehicle dynamics. The slight increase in front axle load rating
compared with the MINI increases traction at the front wheels and
helps to ensure that the engine power is effortlessly translated
into sporty acceleration.
Active rear spoiler for optimised
To improve airflow at
higher speeds, the MINI Coupé is the first ever MINI to feature an
active rear spoiler. Integrated in the bootlid, the spoiler pops up
automatically when the MINI Coupé reaches a speed of 80 km/h (50
mph). When the speed drops below 60 km/h (37 mph) again, a four-part
control mechanism returns the spoiler to its rest position. It is
also possible to operate the active rear spoiler manually, for
example for cleaning purposes, using a button in the overhead
At higher speeds, the
active rear spoiler reduces lift at the rear axle to improve
aerodynamic balance and road grip. The active rear spoiler forms
part of a precisely configured aerodynamic concept that also
includes an innovatively designed roof spoiler. This roof spoiler is
fully integrated into the styling of the helmet roof. It has an
opening in the centre which allows the airflow over the roof to be
directed down to the rear window or, depending on speed, to the rear
spoiler. This reduces rear lift and improves the driving dynamics of
the MINI Coupé.