Our spy photographers have the 2-seater mini-Coupe caught on public roads for the first time. Originally conceived as a concept car at the IAA 2009 in Frankfurt, the Coupé MINI was (and similar two-seat roadster concept) is presented, showed a very different to the mini-theme to make. With its deeply sloping windshield and chopped greenhouse presents the Mini coupe a tough, sporty image than the already zippy production car.
Ironically, the transformation was in coupe format a boost in capacity. Minus the back seat, we found that the MINI Concept Coupe 8.8 cu offered. ft in the trunk compared with the paltry 5.7 cu. ft in the standard Mini. Identical to the width of the standard car, extends the MINI coupe is 0.6 inches longer and 2.0 inches shorter.
The most powerful engine in the mini-series, the supercharged 208-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine of the John Cooper Works model seems a natural fit in the Mini coupe. But first BMW and Mini are not technical specifications of the coupe to mention.
From the pictures we see the basic shape of the coupe concept was involved more than the production model. A small retractable spoiler, situated at the foot of the rear window is also shown in the photos. We have our fingers crossed that some cut-like larger alloy wheels and lower ride height to weave their way back into the design.
An unflattering swirly camouflage paint system and certainly not MINI coupe no favors. But while the concept we saw in Frankfurt was low and aggressive, the prototype looks more like you sitting on the floor instead of a lily pad line on the job. We reserve the final decision until we see the MINI coupe fully revealed.
Pay attention to the Mini coupe, and probably the mini-roadster unveiled later this year, at the IAA in Frankfurt.