Official picture leaks out of open-top Mini Roadster
28 August 2009

An official picture of the Mini Roadster concept has been spied ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

The photo was taken from an official BMW poster used to promote the Mini brand as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. The Roadster is an open-top version of the Mini Coupe concept unveiled earlier this week.

See the Mini Roadster concept spy pictureSee the Mini Coupe Concept picture galleryRead the full story about the Mini Coupe concept here

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The Roadster will be shown alongside the Coupe concept in Germany next month and both models are set to inspire production models in 2011. They are part of BMW's plans to extend and diversify the Mini brand and both models could inspire further variants.

The Roadster is expected to share its underpinnings with the Mini JCW and it will rival established roadsters such as the Audi TT and Mazda MX-5.

In reference to the chances of the Mini Coupe making production, Mini design director Gert Hildebrand said: "Hopefully we can get the okay before the end of the year. Everything you see is do-able for production — not cheap, but do-able.” The same is likely to apply to the Mini Roadster.

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28 August 2009

Here's the source, on a Mini blog: http://www.motoringfile.com/

As with the Coupe, this is certainly more the direction BMW should be taking with development of Mini products, although BMW do seem to be good at uglyfying everything they touch at the moment...

Interesting (from Motoringfile) that the abomination that is the R60 'Mini' SUV launch is delayed. Maybe they've realised a not at all mini, made in Austrian SUV isn't such a good idea?

They've also got a poll on 'Are you interested in the MINI Coupé Concept?' maybe worth adding your view?...

28 August 2009

All the arty farty fashion victims are gonna love this! It'll go nice with their iPhone...

29 August 2009

Also with some photoshops based on that sketch and the coupe is another MINI dedicated site: After the MINI Coupe; the MINI Roadster The original story comes from Edmunds, here Mini: The Next 50 Years

1 September 2009

And you get a free car with every mini sold

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