Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2012 Mini Roadster

The 2012 Mini Roadster is shorter, more narrow and lower than the existing mini roadster. Set to rival the Mazda Miata MX5, the roadster will be shown at the Detroit auto Show in early 2012 before going on sale mid year. Prices start at $24,000 (RM80,000 BEFORE tax, roughly RM2xx,000 after tax haha). This is a strictly 2  seater, so guess it would not be too popular in Malaysia, given the weather factor as well.
The roadster will sport the same 1600cc 4 cylinder injection Prince engine with different levels of output for different trim. Lowest spec 121hp, turbocharged version 181 hp, and 208 hp for the tuned Cooper Works.
Drivetrain wise, it is front wheel drive like all the previous Minis, with a 6 speed manual gearbox available on all models. Automatic is also available across all trims except JCW.
With a weight distribution biased toward the front, officials also claim the new open-top has better traction than earlier Mini models.