2012 Mini Coupe Fully Revealed

21 Jun

By Matt McCarron

2012 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) coupe: Courtesy BMW Group

No more partially disguised spy photos. Today, photos of the 2012 Mini coupe were officially unveiled. The new two-door variant of the agile and sporty car will be available in four trim levels, from the basic Mini coupe all the way up to the top-of-the-line, race-inspired John Cooper Works (JCW) coupe.

The entry-level Mini coupe is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 122 hp at 6,000 rpm and 118 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. The estimated fuel economy of this version is impressive. According to the new EU driving cycle the entry-level Mini coupe gets 52.3 mpg imp.

Next on the totem pole of Mini coupes to choose from is the SD coupe. The SD coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that puts out 143 hp at 4,000 rpm and 225 lb-ft from 1,750-2,700 rpm. As with many newer compact turbodiesels, the fuel economy is remarkable. The SD coupe is estimated to get 65.7 mpg, according to the EU standard.

2012 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) coupe: Courtesy BMW Group

If you yearn for something more aggressive and powerful, go for the Mini S coupe. The S coupe features a boosted 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve management. The result of this engine is 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 177 lb-ft at 1,600-5,000 rpm. 192 lb-ft is available via the overboost function from 1,700-4,500 rpm.

The ultimate in performance is the John Cooper Works coupe. This special Mini has the most powerful engine available with an impressive 211 hp at 6,000 rpm and 192 lb-ft at 1,850-5,600 rpm. As with the S coupe the JCW coupe has an overboost function, giving the driver 207 lb-ft from 1,700-4,500 rpm. The JCW coupe can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds, with a top speed of 149 mph.

The Mini coupe distinguishes itself from any other Mini on the road with a number of unique design and aerodynamic elements. The Mini coupe features a “helmet roof” design and is the only Mini to have an active rear spoiler that extends automatically at speeds of in excess of 50 mph. The interior of the vehicle has been redesigned to offer passengers more head room.

As with all Minis, the coupe is available in a number of exterior paints and interior trims. The roof of the coupe comes in contrasting color standard, along with optional matching sport stripes on the hood, trunk lid and rear apron, while the sport stripes on the roof are painted in the primary body color. Customers also have other options when it comes to the exterior and interior of the vehicle.

If you’re someone who wants a fun and focused car that is perfect for short cruises around town or long, spirited drives on back roads the Mini coupe might be the vehicle for you.

The 2012 Mini coupe is scheduled to go on sale in U.S. showrooms beginning in October.

2012 Mini John Cooper Works coupe: Courtesy BMW Group

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One Response to “2012 Mini Coupe Fully Revealed”

  1. paul December 10, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    It is nice to hear that the new 2012 Mini Coupe is coming out in 4-main trim levels. But, from the pictures, it is clearly understood that the new model is coming with limited cargo space, but is doesn’t really matter for a sport coupe of its class.

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