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Just a few days ago, our all-knowing leader clued you in on some preliminary data regarding the 2009 MINI Cooper Convertible.
It's an all-new design that following the advances in the revamped MINI Cooper hatchback that came to the U.S. in 2008.
Just like on the hardtop, power is up; 118 horsepower from 1.6 liters for the Cooper, and 172 horsepower on the Cooper S thanks to a twin-scroll turbocharger. We've driven several iterations of the Cooper S and Cooper Clubman S, and the turbo motor delivers tons of torque with a very flat power curve.
The Convertible also features a one-piece roll bar. The bar remains hidden and deploys only if needed. The new design keeps the car's look cleaner, helps improve rearward visibility, and makes loading and unloading easier. Cargo space is up to 23.1 cubic feet.
Not wanting to be left out of all the electric car excitement, the MINI E was also shown. Check here for the details on this battery-powered MINI that the company is leasing so a limited number of buyers in New York and Los Angeles. The car was showing in November at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With U.S sales exceeding 54,000 cars, MINI is running strongly as it heads to its 50th birthday that will be celebrated at the MINI United Festival at Silverstone in the UK, May 22-24. It should be quite a party. Let's hope we get an invite.
Stay tuned for more from the 2009 Detroit auto show.