The 2012 Mini Roadster, launching just in time for spring, has been priced. The two-seat convertible is the second drop-top for the brand, but the first Roadster to be produced in the brand's 60-year history.
The topless two-seater will start at $25,050 (including $700 destination), while opting for more oomph will command $3000 more for the $28,050 Roadster S. Upgrade to the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works Roadster, and be prepared to shell out a handsome $35,050.
The Cooper Roadster has a 1.6-liter inline-four engine producing 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, and the Cooper S Roadster has a turbocharged version of that engine good for 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The high-potency John Cooper Works Roadster packs an upgraded, turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 208 hp and 192 lb-ft. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all trims, but the Roadster and Roadster S models can also be equipped with a six-speed automatic for an extra $1250. Roadster and Roadster S models come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, while the JCW comes with 17-inch alloys.
Unlike the four-seat Mini convertible, the Roadster's roof is manually operated. Similar to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, drivers simply twist a latch on the windshield frame and pull the roof back to its resting place behind the front seats, and the area behind the front seats has a shelf for carrying small items, and a 14-by-8-inch pass-through into the trunk.