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Mini Coupe

Tue, 21 Jun 2011

Mini's ever expanding line-up is set to grow yet again with this latest addition: the Coupe. Retaining most of the details first seen in the original 2009 concept, the strict two-seater features a distinctive 'helmet roof'.

The new Coupe is an 'expression of the distinctive Mini design', according to the company, but it's also a departure from the brand's current offerings. Though the Coupe is clearly a Mini from the beltline down (it has the same DRG, light graphics and bumper details), its steeply raked A-pillars, 'helmet roof' and an all-new wraparound glasshouse means its roofline sits 50mm lower than its more conventional sibling.

Mini is keen to make the Coupe's sporting intentions clear, billing the vehicle as a super-compact sports car. Its Volkswagen Corrado-esque automatic rear spoiler and range of powerful drivetrains convey this notion. And despite the removal of the rear seats and the 'Gran Turismo silhouette', the Coupe has not encroached on practicality, featuring a full-length hatch and a load area that extends up to the driver and passenger seats.