Adding to MINI’s extensive lineup, the MINI Coupé is the brand’s first two-seater. The most distinctive design feature of this MINI would be the ‘helmet roof’ painted in shades contrasting to the bodywork. The sharply raked A Pillars, wrap around glass areas and the design lines are characteristically MINI.
This two seater has extended loading capacity behind the seats, extremely flexible luggage area and a a large through-loading facility into the passenger compartment and finally a wide and extremely high-opening tailgate that makes loading easier. MINI UK even claims that this car can take on a snowboard.
This car is also MINI’s first three box design. The stepped rear end and flat coupé silhouette add to its sporty image. The coupé is also 52 millimeters lower than the MINI.
The ‘helmet roof’ also has an integrated roof spoiler for optimized aerodynamic properties in addition to the rear spoiler that extends at 80 kph. MINI John Cooper Works Coupé with John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit as standard.
We’re sure we’ve never typed out something like this before, but MINI claims that oval recesses in the roof liner provide extra headroom for the driver and front passenger! I guess you do have to go to great lengths to keep passengers comfortable when the most important aspect of your car is that it is MINI.
Other design features as stated in the Press Release
Exclusive colour and materials concept; roof in contrasting colour as standard; new interpretation of the optional Sport stripes in the same contrasting colour on the bonnet, boot lid and rear apron, and in body colour on the roof; anthracite roof liner as standard; new upholstery variants, exterior mirror colours, trim strips and Colour Lines offer additional scope for customisation.
MINI has worked hard to retain the go-kart feeling that makes driving MINIs an absolute hoot. A chassis set-up, weight balance and body structure geared squarely work toward that goal. Electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) optional (standard on MINI John Cooper Works Coupé). There are also innovative pedestrian protection systems and measures to enhance body rigidity shift the car’s weight balance slightly further forward, giving the front-wheel-drive MINI Coupé optimised traction. Agility and safety are boosted by increase in torsional rigidity achieved through additional strengthening elements.