The MINI Roadster Concept was unveiled alongside the Mini
Coupe Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The front end is the same as on the MINI Convertible all
the way to the A-pillars, however the windscreen is raked
back at a greater angle which gives the Roadster a more
sporting appearance befitting the model.
A short luggage compartment lid forms the rear panel behind
the roof folding up into compact dimensions and providing
convenient access to the luggage compartment separated
from the passenger compartment. With the roof closed this
gives the car a notchback look clearly identifying the
MINI Roadster Concept from the MINI Convertible.
The high waistline highlights the sporting character of
the MINI Roadster even more than on the current production
models. In conjunction with the large wheels and the black
stripe extending round the body at the bottom, this creates
a particularly compact look.
The passenger compartment, which is limited to two seats,
is protected whenever required by a high-quality textile
roof designed to fit snugly over the cockpit. The distance
between the windscreen frame at the front and the rear
end of the roof behind the seats is deliberately kept
to a minimum, with the soft roof merging smoothly into
the body. A low seating position means that despite the
low roof there is plenty of headroom for both driver and
The soft top on the MIIN Roadster opens and closes manually
in taking only a few seconds thanks to the compact dimensions
of the roof. The decision to not give the MINI Roadster
a powered top was done to reduce weight and cost.
The interior of the MINI Roadster features the same quirky
and unique style as all other MINI models. Wide-opening
doors allow easy entry and exit even with the top up.
The sports seats are finished in high quality Lounge leather
with a striking weave pattern covering the central sections.
The steering wheel is a three-spoke, leather wrapped affair
with multifunction buttons. The rev counter on the MINI
Roadster Concept again comes directly behind the steering
wheel, with the speedometer forming part of the central
instrument in the upper section of the centre console.
A new instrument is added to the MINI Roadster's equipment
called the 'Nature Guard'. This function tells the driver
how efficiently they are driving at the moment and whether
the position of the gas pedal is appropriate for the speed
at which the car is traveling and the gear selected. At
a glance, therefore, the driver can see how to save fuel.
The MINI Roadster measures 3,714 millimetres (146.2")
in length and 1,683 millimetres (66.3") in width.
Height of the car is 1,356 millimetres )53.4").
Similar and related vehicles:
MINI Coupe Concept
MINI Crossover Concept
MINI Concept Geneva
MINI ACV 30