Soft-top Mini: official pictures
28 November 2008

Mini has revealed the first official pictures of its new Convertible. The latest version of the best-selling soft-top will go on sale in March next year.

The new Mini Convertible shares the hatchback’s front end, but gets a raised shoulder line to accommodate the folding fabric roof.

At launch there will be two models, the Mini Cooper and the turbocharged Mini Cooper S. It’s likely that an ultra-efficient diesel version will be launched later next year.

The 1.6-litre motor from the standard Mini is retained for both petrol Coopers, offering more power but lower emissions than the old Convertible.

BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technology has also been introduced to the Convertible. Systems like stop-start and brake energy regeneration help both Mini Convertible models to reduce CO2 emissions, putting them two road-tax bands below the outgoing models.

Structural strength and body stiffness have been improved, which should aid handling, reduce scuttle shake and boost safety. Despite the improved rigidity, the Mini’s weight has also been reduced by 10kg.

Other safety enhancements include a new single-piece roll bar behind the rear seats that can extend milliseconds before a crash to protect occupants should the car roll onto its roof.

It takes 15 seconds for the fully automatic fabric roof to open or close, and it can do so at speeds of up to 20mph. The roof can also partially retract by 40cm to create the effect of a sunroof.

Luggage capacity is 170 litres with the roof down (up from the old model’s 165 litres). With the rear seats folded down and the roof up, the Mini Convertible offers 660 litres of space (55 litres more than the old car).

A new accessory is Mini’s ‘Openometer’, a fun add-on that records how much the car has been driven with its roof down. Expect more generous equipment levels than before - air conditioning will come as standard.

The new Convertible will also be offered in two new colours (Interchange Yellow and Horizon Blue) and it gets all-new contrasting roof colours and accessory options to set it apart from the outgoing model.

Prices for the Mini Convertible will start at £15,995 for the standard Cooper and £18,995 for the Cooper S.

Will Powell

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28 November 2008

"A new accessory is Mini’s ‘Openometer’, a fun add-on that records how much the car has been driven with its roof down."

Please No!!!!!!

And people wonder why a thread was started on here about hating the new Mini!!!!!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

28 November 2008

[quote TegTypeR]

"A new accessory is Mini’s ‘Openometer’, a fun add-on that records how much the car has been driven with its roof down."

Please No!!!!!!

And people wonder why a thread was started on here about hating the new Mini!!!!!

[/quote]

As a driver of convertibles that needs a reason to put the roof up rather than an excuse to put the roof down, I find this gimmick particularly silly.

Never found the Mini particularly troubling, but that is pretty hateful!

28 November 2008

Why are they even bothering to do an official press release? It looks exactly the same as the hatchback which was launched 2 years ago - minus a roof. Yawn!

28 November 2008

Yawn....yawn...wake me up when Mini make something other than a Tiffany bracelet on wheels....all those scoops and artists impressions of all the fantastic models are "coming soon" or the cars "BWM didn't want you to see!" well what do we have a hatchback that looks like a frog with a banana up it's backside, the convertible Silver Cross pram with a super duper mobile and then the Clubman, oh dear the Clubman with the Meccano inspired rear end...

So wake me up when Mini make an 'affordable-fun-uncomplicated' car like a Cinquecento was....don't get me started on £14k for a Fiat 500...arrghh!

if it's heavy, it ain't happenin' 

28 November 2008

Can just see it now, summer 2009, bright yellow Mini Cab with the roof down been driven by some 30 something women, fake tan, D&G handbag on the passenger seat and the Versace bog eyed sunglasses....

God she will look so trendy and make me really jealeous.....

28 November 2008

[quote TegTypeR]"A new accessory is Mini’s ‘Openometer’, a fun add-on that records how much the car has been driven with its roof down."[/quote]

I assume it just permanently flashes

Not Very Much

28 November 2008

[quote TegTypeR]"A new accessory is Mini’s ‘Openometer’, a fun add-on that records how much the car has been driven with its roof down."[/quote]

Watch the residual values plummet as you come to sell it and the buyer checks the 'Openometer' and suddenly realises that as you have only driven with the roof open 2% of the time the reality must be that we live in a wet and windy environment on the same latitude as Newfoundland.

Driver goes away and buys a Volvo C30 with snow tyres.

Unless buyer is a hairdresser as it will take more than a bit of wind and rain to keep the Mini away from its target audience.

28 November 2008

I agree this car looks much the same as the 2 year old hatch, but it will be jusr as popular in the convertible. I have around 10 people already on my books to buy one!

To say MINI need to make an 'affordable-fun-uncomplicated car' seems like madness to me. The car is affordable, great fun to drive and unless you are completely stupid, its very uncomplicated! In any case the Cinquecento was certainly no where near the build quality of the MINI which is why it was so much cheaper. But then its only nearest competition would be a Heinz baked bean tin, or maybe a Nissan Micra! You only gets what you pay for.

I am looking forward to it with an open mind, as I believe any other MINI fan out there will be too!

28 November 2008

The "MK1" new MINI was very cool. The "MK2" launched 2 years ago just isn't. It looks huge and clumsy, and the driving experience isn't as good.

I don't expect the new version to be any better.

29 November 2008

[quote MINIBOY] To say MINI need to make an 'affordable-fun-uncomplicated car' seems like madness to me.[/quote]

Might I cordially suggest a history lesson as what the original Mini was all about? When the original Mini was released, it was pretty much the cheapest 4 seat "family" car you could buy - about £8500 in today's money. But then, term "affordable" is always very subjective.

BMW are more than capable of building something more space efficient, more innovative, more family orientated - they've done well to get the emissions down -but they prefer not to. The substance is there - it's just masked by too much "style". It's what puts me off buying one.

We'll just have to see what happens when all the Estate Agents dry up. I can make that jibe - I used to be one!

Be very interesting to hear about the demographic of your 10 orders...

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