BMW is introducing the all-new 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe, which will be the first production two-passenger car that comes with the fastest engine for the Mini.
Although the exterior of the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe remains relatively the same as the Mini hatchback, but the front fascia looks more aggressive with a spoiler and large front fenders. The noticeable difference here is the “three-box” design concept, which has a wraparound glass and bulging-roof built on the a horizontal plane.
And the rear end, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe comes with a rear wing that opens up when speeds hit over 50 miles per hour and closes when it comes down to below 37 mph.
BMW will offer the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe in three trim levels: base Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe and the John Cooper Works Coupe. All three models are equipped with the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine but with different power levels, and it is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. In addition, a 6-speed automatic transmission is also available for the Cooper S Coupe and Cooper Coupe as an optional equipment.
The 2012 base Cooper Coupe with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 121 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. It can propel the car from 0-60 mph in about 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph. As for fuel economy, it provides at 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers according to the EU standard (44 mpg in U.S.).
Moving up to the S Coupe, it is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. In addition, there is an overboost button that further boosts torque to the final 192 lb-ft.
While in the JCW Coupe version, the tuned 1.6-liter turbocharged engine produces 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. And with the overboost function, it enhances torque to about 207 lb-ft.
The 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed hits 142 mph, while the JCW Coupe can propel can sprint in just 6.1 seconds with a top speed at 149 mph.