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The new MINI Convertible

(29/11/2008)

new MINI Convertible

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The new MINI Convertible is set to make a welcome return to UK roads in 2009, with a completely new version of the British-built favourite due to go on sale on 28 March 2009. 

MINI Cooper and Cooper S derivatives featuring innovative engine technologies will be offered at launch, meaning fans of the compact, premium new MINI Convertible are guaranteed performance, frugality, minimal running costs and a unique image as standard.  The MINI Cooper Convertible will be priced at 15,995 OTR and the MINI Cooper S Convertible will be offered from 18,995 OTR.

The automatic canvas roof of the second-generation new MINI Convertible can be fully retracted or closed using a roof-frame mounted toggle switch in just 15 seconds.  In the event of a driver being caught unexpectedly by a sudden downpour, this function will fully operate with the car at speeds of up to 20 mph.

As an alternative to the complete top-down driving experience, the full-width of the electric roof can be retracted by approximately 40 centimetres to create the effect of a sunroof.  This function can be operated at speeds of up to 75 mph.

The case for the new MINI Convertible is strengthened further by the presence of award-winning engines, allied to short-shifting and precise six-speed manual gearboxes.  Both models are available as an option with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The MINI Cooper S Convertible is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with Twin-Scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection. This engine currently holds the title of International Engine of the Year, in the 1.4-1.8-litre category.

Both engines feature elsewhere in the current MINI range.  In Hatch and Clubman guise, outstanding fuel economy, low CO2 emissions and high performance equate to low running costs, minimised environmental impact and a grin-inducing driving experience.  Combined with the thrill of top-down motoring, the new MINI Convertible will be a tempting ownership prospect to British car buyers. 

Technologies based on BMWs EfficientDynamics systems are central to dramatic improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.  Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Shift Point Display complete the line-up of MINIMALISM technologies supplied with the new MINI Convertible Cooper and Cooper S models.

Performance data

MODEL

POWER (HP)

MAX TORQUE (Nm)

TOP SPEED (mph)

0-62 mph

MPG (Combined)

CO2 (g/km)

Cooper

120

160

123

9.8

49.6

137

Cooper S

175

240

138

7.4

44.1

153

The performance data for the new model compares very favourably with its predecessor.  Significant reductions in CO2 output and a big improvement in fuel efficiency will be music to the ears of savvy potential owners. 

MODEL

C02 (g/km)

MPG (Combined)

BIK Tax

VED band

2007 MINI Cooper Convertible

174

38.7

22 %

E

2008 New MINI Cooper Convertible

137(-37g or 21% )

49.6(+10.9mpg or 22%)

15 %

C

2007 MINI Cooper S Convertible

199

34.0

27 %

F

2008 New MINI Cooper S Convertible

153 (-46 or 23%)

44.1 (+10.1 mpg or 23%)

18 %

D

 

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