The first official photos of the new MINI Coupe Concept revealed on the eve of celebrating 50 years of company. In essence, it’s a MINI John Cooper Works inlay that had its rooftop finish and replaced with a sedan-like greenhouse and a steeper front windshield. The car is set make its world debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The shape of the creepy-looking but lightweight aluminum top is said to have been inspired by a baseball hat that MINI designer Gert Hildebrand saw his teenage son wearisome backwards – go dignitary. According to the guests, the new roof lowers the car’s centre of gravity therefore significantly dipping body traffic and optimizing heavy conduct. Other niceties like the front and rear bumpers, headlamps, front lattice and evidently, the rear-end idea have been reworked but that’s mainly it.
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The two seater is powered by the MINI’s 1.6-litre twin-turbo engine that produces out 211 horsepower and a peak torque of 260Nm increasing through the Overboost function for a squat while to 280Nm. Like the MINI hatch, warrant is delivered to the front wheels.
However, the lightweight aluminum roof together with the elimination of the rear seats and abundant other load economy dealings means that the Coupe is lighter and consequently, sooner than the hatchback paradigm.
The Coupe standard ditches the hatchback’s rear seat bench which helps growth luggage legroom from 160 liters to 250 liters (8.8 cu ft). To justify the theory mark, MINI’s designers spiced up the hatchback’s lodge with a rare flush plan and superior attribute equipment such as leather upholstery and carbon roughage decorative lower.
An exclusive item of the MINI Coupe is the addition of two Chronoswiss clocks adjacent the rev defy. One timepiece is a purpose-built stopwatch for charming lap times, the next timer shows the time in classic adapt.