Early Reveal: Mini Roadster Concept

August 28, 2009

This week saw Mini celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the brand's first car with the unveiling of an all-new Coupe concept. Today, the Roadster half of the new-car pair made its debut a bit early thanks to a leaked sketch.

Based around the same two-seat setup as the Mini Coupe, the Roadster offers an extra dimension of fun thanks to its retractable top. The same 211-horsepower John Cooper Works-derived powertrain is also expected to sit under the hood of the show car.

The Roadster has been an ill-kept secret within Mini, but until now the car's existence has been only speculation and computer-generated rendering. Today's leak, via Inside Line, confirms the car is officially in the works.

Information accompanying the leaked photo of the sketched concept car, due for an official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the Coupe in two weeks or so, reveals that both of the two-seat variants are expected to go to production in early 2011, in every market that sees sale of the Mini line. That means U.S. buyers will likely see the car by mid-2011 as a 2012 model.

For more on the Roadster, check out our previous coverage, or visit our show page to see what's coming to the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

[Inside Line]

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