MINI’s been busy on the ‘Ring lately. This time they’re back with the upcoming Coupe – in JCW flavor no less – doing final suspension testing. It’s also killing birds. Yes that’s a dead bird flying through the ‘Ring wedged in the Coupe’s grille.
As MINI gears up for the Coupe launch late this summer the engineers in Munich are turning their attention to the Roadster. The MINI Roadster (like the coupe based on the R57 Convertible platform) is in the suspension testing stage and will soon move to final engineering.
Thanks to sources we also know that initial Roadster prototype production has begun at the Oxford plant. Early prototypes are built by hand in Munich before ‘alpha’ production moves to the plant closer to launch. Check back tomorrow for another little nugget we’ve picked up from inside sources.
Look for the Roadster to make it’s public debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show and be at dealers later in the spring.
Based on several exclusive sources the forthcoming MINI Roadster will feature a fully manual top. Unlike the MINI Convertible the Roadster will go old-school with a top that’s operated simply by unlatching and folding down by hand.
So what’s the benefit? Weight reduction is a big one. As is mechanical simplicity. But also this should help with cost. Yes the Roadster will cost more than the Convertible but lower the raw material cost of the car should help MINI keep prices down a bit more.