Mini has introduced its new Roadster for 2012 that is the sixth edition to the Mini range. The new Roadster, based on the Coupe, has a manual soft top and is the very first production two-seat open-top Mini in history.
The vehicle will be manufactured in the UK ‘s Plant Oxford with sales beginning in 2012 with a price tag of £18,015 for a Cooper Roadster and £24,850 for the John Cooper Works Roadster. In between these two offerings are the Cooper SD and Cooper S and power ranges from 120bhp in the Cooper to 208bhp in the John Cooper Works.
The new Roadster sits 20 millimeters lower than a traditional Mini convertible which is expected to help with its handling, chassis tuning, electronic differential lock control, rollover bars and active rear spoiler. The windscreen is also angled 13 degrees faster than the existing soft top model.
The official press release also specifies that “bespoke colour and materials concept for upholstery, exterior mirrors, trim elements and colour lines are available as well as exclusive MINI Yours options and Sport Stripes in contrasting colour provide further individualisation.”