Mini released the Coupe at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show with raked windshield and funky backwards baseball cap styling attributed to Marcus Syring who is probably best known for his work on the BMW Z3 / M
Powering the front wheels is the standard 1.6 liter turbocharged transverse mounted 4-banger rated at 181 horsepower and 180 ft-lbs of torque. The Cooper S version is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox and hits 60 mph at around 6.6 seconds, or .4 second slower than the 4-seat Cooper S. Wait...the 2-seat version is...slower? Yup, contemporary magazine tests revealed the Coupe weighed about 100 lbs more than the basic Cooper S Hardtop, or about 2730 lbs.
The interior looks like just about any MINI when looking out from the seats; a pumpkin pie sized speedo mounted in the middle of the dash and a chicken pot pie sized tach in front of the driver dominate the view.
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