The latest addition to the MINI range becomes the sixth variant to reach production (with at least two more in the pipeline), following closely behind the MINI Coupe which has received a mixed response from reviewers thus far.
The Roadster is likely to fare somewhat better than its fixed roof sibling, we Brits love our convertibles and whilst the range already has a convertible variant, its pram-like looks have always hindered its appeal.
MINI introduce the Roadster as the first open-top two-seater in its history, but it’s still unmistakably a MINI with short overhangs, high waistline and the hallmark oversized MINI design features.
With its heavily raked A-pillars, the Roadster sits 20 millimetres lower than a MINI Convertible and weighs in at 1120 kg – just 30 kg more than the MINI Coupe. Otherwise for Convertible, read Coupe that on average is around 0.2 seconds slower to 62 mph and a few mph down in top speed.
The active rear spoiler which extends automatically at 50 mph is located on the rear boot, as per the Coupe, and both share the same John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit fitted as standard on the range-topping Cooper Works model.
With a manually-opening soft-top roof, the Roadster loses just 40 litres of luggage space compared to the Coupe (240 litres vs 280 litres) and shares the same through-loading system for extra versatility.
Engines are the latest generation four-cylinder powerplants with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology – the 208 bhp John Cooper Works Roadster, 181 bhp Cooper S Roadster, 120 bhp Cooper Roadster, and 141 bhp Cooper SD Roadster.
As you would expect of a Roadster, MINI will be offering a range of exclusive colours and trim options, including the latest gadgets from the MINI Connected range such as the Driving Excitement app, web radio, Google services, RSS news feeds, Mission Control, and in-car use of Facebook and Twitter.