UPDATE: On the 6th June 2011 MINI unveiled the pre-production
version of the MINI Coupe.
The MINI Coupé Concept first went on display at
the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept is designed
to preview the coupe model due to join the expanding MINI
From all angles the Coupe Concept has unmistakable MINI
styling elements, from the round headlights and trademark
grille, to the extended wheel arches and distinctive taillights.
The only section of the car which is not instantly recognizable
as belonging to a MINI is the glass house with its steeply
raked windscreen and the curvaceous roofline.
The MINI Coupe Concept is a strict two seater, and with
a lightweight construction and the legendary MINI chassis
the vehicle's dynamics should match expectations.
The MINI Coupe Concept is built to accommodate the 1.6-litre
twin-scroll turbocharged power unit borrowed from the
MINI John Cooper Works. This powerplant develops 211 hp
and a peak torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft). By using the
Overboost function this can be increased to 280 Nm (206
lb-ft) for a short while. Despite the potent drivetrain
the MINI Coup Concept follows the BMW Group's EfficientDynamics
development strategy which aims to increase driving pleasure,
while lowering emissions.
Wide-opening doors give the driver and passenger unhindered
and easy access to the interior, where they are met with
a pair of sports seats with deep lateral support. The
three-spoke leather sports steering wheel features multifunction
buttons for controlling audio and communication systems.
Other controls are arranged in an ergenomic manner on
the dash. The Tachometer is mounted behind the steering
wheel, while the speedometer is part of the central instrument
in the upper section of the dashboard. This circular instrument
well known as the Center Speedo also houses the audio
system as well as the optional entertainment and navigation
MINI Coupe Concept dimensions:
Length - 3,714 millimetres (146.2")
Width - 1,683 millimetres (66.3")
Height - 1,356 millimetres (53.4")
Luggage capacity - 250 litres (8.8 cu ft)
Similar and related vehicles:
MINI Roadster Concept
MINI Crossover Concept
MINI Concept Geneva
MINI ACV 30