The forthcoming Mini coupe could be called the Mini Broadspeed Coupe.
Sources suggest that the Broadspeed Coupe name is being evaluated by Mini and BMW, in homage to the Broadspeed racing team that manufactured the 1966 Broadspeed GT Coupe, which was based on a Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S.
The Broadspeed GT Coupe had such striking looks that it was nicknamed the Mini Aston. With 89bhp, it also drew criticism for having too much power for road use.
The new Mini coupe is expected to go on sale in late 2011. It is based on the Mini Roadster that will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show as a concept car in September before going on sale in 2010.
No one from Mini was available for comment on the mooted Broadspeed Coupe name.