MINI Roadster (2012–2015)

Model History

November 2011

MINI Roadster launched

Hot on the wheels of the MINI Coupe comes the launch of the sixth unique model in the line-up, the MINI Roadster.

The semi-automatic operation of the tailored soft-top roof means rapid opening and closing, and it doesn't affect the MINI Roadster's practicality in any way. This is a versatile two-seater with a stowage area behind the driver and passenger seats, generous 240-litre luggage area and through-loading system.

Selling alongside the Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman and Coupé, the MINI Roadster will arrive in UK showrooms next spring. As with the recently launched MINI Coupé, all variants of the MINI Roadster carry the Cooper name in their model titles. Full details of standard and optional equipment on each will be released nearer the launch. A wide range of accessories and personalisation choices will be available.

Model

OTR Price

CO2

(g/km)

MPG

(Combined)

Power

(hp)

Top Speed

(mph)

MINI Cooper Roadster

£18,015

133

49.6

122

124

MINI Cooper S Roadster

£20,900

139

47.1

184

141

MINI Cooper SD Roadster

£21,630

118

62.8

143

132

MINI John Cooper Works Roadster

£24,850

169

38.7

211

147

Key to the MINI Roadster is its unique canvas roof. The tailored soft-top offers robust, all-season durability with an easy opening and closing semi-automatic operation as part of the standard specification. When opened, the roof folds down flat behind the seats, keeping the car's elegant lines intact. And since the outer skin of the roof faces upwards, there is no need for any additional cover.

With an exterior length of 3,734 mm (see panel for model variations), a width of 1,683 mm and a wheelbase of 2,467 mm, the MINI Roadster's footprint closely mirrors that of the MINI Convertible. However, the elegant roofline is more than 20 mm lower than its four-seater sibling, allowing the Roadster to cut a distinctive, low-slung and visually stretched stance.

The package includes sports seats fitted as standard in the MINI Cooper S Roadster, MINI Cooper SD Roadster and MINI John Cooper Works Roadster, which provide outstanding lateral support during cornering.

Two-seater roadsters have a tendency to lack practicality but that's not the case with the MINI Roadster. It has a 240 litres of luggage space, plus the high-opening tailgate, low boot sill and ski hatch make for simple loading. The MINI Roadster also comes with large door bins, three cupholders, and a cross-rack behind the seats.

Power for the MINI Roadster comes from the latest generation of fuel-efficient BMW Group four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Outputs range from 90 kW/122 hp in the MINI Cooper Roadster to 155 kW/211 hp in the highly desirable flagship MINI John Cooper Works Roadster. MINI's performance diesel engine, the 105 kW/143 hp Cooper SD launched earlier this year, is also available and the line-up is completed with the Cooper S which offers 135kW/184 hp.

Fuel economy stretches from 38.7mpg to 62.8mpg, while CO2 emissions are as low as just 118g/km on the Cooper SD. Even the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster emits only 169g/km. A full technical breakdown for each model is given below.

Engine variants:

MINI John Cooper Works Roadster: Four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI twin scroll turbo technology and numerous technological details carried over directly from motorsport.
Displacement: 1,598 cc,
output: 155 kW/211 hp at 6,000 rpm,
max. torque: 260 Nm/192 lb-ft at 1,850 - 5,600 rpm
(280 Nm/207 lb-ft with Overboost at 2,000 - 5,100 rpm).
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 6.5 seconds,
top speed: 237 km/h (147 mph).
Average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.3 litres/100 kilometres (38.7 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions: 169 g/km.

MINI Cooper S Roadster: Four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI twin scroll turbo Turbo technology.

Displacement: 1,598 cc,
output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,500 rpm,
max. torque: 240 Nm/177 lb-ft at 1,600 - 5,000 rpm
(260 Nm/192 lb-ft with Overboost at 1,730 - 4,500 rpm).
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 7.0 seconds,
top speed: 227 km/h (141 mph).
Average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (47.1 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km.

MINI Cooper Roadster: Four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group's VALVETRONIC technology.

Displacement: 1,598 cc,
output: 90 kW/122 hp at 6,000 rpm,
max. torque: 160 Nm/118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm.
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 9.2 seconds,
top speed: 199 km/h (124 mph).
Average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.7 litres/100 kilometres (49.6 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions: 133 g/km.

MINI Cooper SD Roadster: Four-cylinder turbodiesel with MINI twin scroll turbo technology.

Displacement: 1,995 cc,
output: 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 305 Nm/225 lb-ft at 1,750 - 2,700 rpm.
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 8.1 seconds,
top speed: 212 km/h (132 mph).
Average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (62.8 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions: 118 g/km.

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