With the all-new Mini Cooper Countryman added for 2011, Mini has already made significant changes to its lineup. There are even more updates in the works. Yesterday, the automaker released pricing data for the 2012 Mini Coupe, and rumor has it that Mini will produce a five-door hatchback as well.
According to Autoblog, “a pair of suicide doors will be available on the upcoming third-generation model to allow easier access to the rear seats while allowing the Mini to take on larger rivals. … The extended-length Mini hatchback already has a single suicide door on one side, but is tipped to grow even longer in the next generation to add more utility. Seems like this extra door should have been there all along, no?”
Then there’s the Mini Coupe, a two-seater sports car; its pricing data was just released yesterday. According to the automaker’s press release, the Coupe won’t be the most expensive vehicle in Mini’s lineup. The base Mini Coupe will start at $22,000, the Cooper S will start at $25,300 and the John Cooper Works model is priced at $31,900.
The 2012 Mini Hardtop will start at $20,200, and the convertible ranges from $25,650 to $35,800. And, if you decide that you’ll be cramped out of the Coupe’s small frame, the base Countryman will be $450 more than the entry-level Coupe.
Mini calls its first two-seater coupe a “super-compact sports car,” which means it lines up with vehicles like the Mazda Miata in terms of price and available power. Mini will equip the base Coupe with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that will create 121 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. The Cooper S trim increases horsepower to 181, and the John Cooper Works trim has the highest 208-horsepower rating.
While no one has tested the 2012 Mini Coupe yet, this small sports car merits strong consideration before purchasing one, simply because it is so small. Mini hasn’t provided interior dimensions, but the Coupe is 146.8 inches long, 66.3 inches wide and 54.6 inches tall, which is almost identical to the Mini Cooper Hardtop’s specifications.
Small or not, the press thinks this tiny car looks good. Jalopnik says, the Mini “Coupe looks like it's wearing a backwards-facing baseball cap. With a mouth wide enough to down an entire can of Hamm's Ice Light faster than a bolt of lightning, we're just waiting for it to hit the Quad for a ragin' kegger. Be that as it may, it's still a cool little package and we can't wait to get our first drive of the two-seater in John Cooper Works trim.”
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