30 October 2011

2013 MINI Roadster launched

MINI has revealed the sixth model in its lineup, the Roadster version of the summer-launched Coupe version. As with the Coupe, the Roadster is differentiated from other mainstream MINI model by the lack of rear set, and in this case, liberates 240l of boot space. 
The car mirrors the Coupe dimension with 3,734mm long, 1,683mm wide and  1,390mm tall. The 20mm reduction is height compared to mainstream MINI is attributed by 13 degrees steeper windscreen. The wheelbase is 2,467mm. The reduced height and repackaged component contributed to what MINI termed as go-kart handling.
The car powertrain choice are 1.6l 122 bhp in Cooper, 143bhp 2.0l turbo-diesel in Cooper SD, 184bhp 1.6l turbocharged in Cooper S and topped by 211bhp 1.6l turbocharged John Cooper Works version which also come a host of aesthetic and chassis tuning. The engine is paired to standard 6 speed manual and optional 6 speed automatic. JCW version is manual-reserved only. More after the jump.