Mini unveiled the Roadster Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt show and it wasn't at all surprising when the brand announced the Roadster would reach production. Here it is! The 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster.
Like the Coupe, the Roadster rides on the current-generation Mini Cooper platform and uses the same range of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and 1.6-liter I-4 engines. Mirroring the rest of the Mini lineup, the Roadster builds from the naturally-aspirated 121-hp Cooper Roadster, to the turbocharged 181-hp Cooper S Roadster, and is topped with the 208-hp, turbocharged John Cooper Works Roadster.
Unlike Mini's other convertible, the Roadster uses a manual cloth top, which folds away neatly behind the car's two seats. There is little doubt that the Roadster will be as enjoyable to drive as the rest of the Mini lineup thanks to extra rear bracing and reinforced rocker panels which help maintain structural rigidity. The cloth top also helps lower the car's center of gravity, and has reduced weight to a scant 2635 lbs for the base Cooper Roadster.
In tune with the spring-like weather much of the U.S. has been experiencing recently, the Mini Roadster will go on sale February 25. Pricing, including destination, starts at $25,050 for the Cooper Roadster, $28,050 for the Cooper S Roadster, and $35,200 for the JCW Roadster.
For more on the 2012 Mini Roadster, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Detroit Show homepage.