Over the summer, MINI consistently sold out of its popular Cooper models. Though gas prices have since fallen, MINI seems to be betting that sub-$2 gas won't last long-and that its customers won't mind paying an extra 10 percent for the Cooper Convertible.
Compared with last year's model, the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible is $2,600 more expensive, ringing in at $24,550. The 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible also gets a significant price increase, starting at $27,450-$2,050 more than the outgoing 2008 model. All prices include the $650 destination and handling charge. Deliveries will begin on March 28, 2009.
The Mini Cooper hardtop models were redesigned for the 2007 model year, receiving updated exterior and interior styling, and all-new engines. For 2009, the Cooper Convertible and S Convertible get the 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines which debuted in the new-for-2007 hardtop models. The engine in the base convertible makes 118 horsepower, 3 more than last year's model, and comes with a variable valve timing management system. The twin-scroll turbocharged engine in the S model makes 172 horsepower, up by 4 horsepower from the 2008 Cooper S Convertible.
Also new for 2009 is an electromagnetically controlled rollover bar. The safety bar allows for increased visibility to the rear and sides of the MINI. If a rollover occurs, the vehicle's central safety electronics system activates the new rollover bar.
The 2009 Mini Cooper Convertible and S Convertible will make their world debuts at the 2009 North American International Auto Show this January in Detroit.