MINI Reveals Coupe Concept for Frankfurt

By Editors on August 28, 2009 6:24 AM
As expected, MINI has now given us a preview peek of a car it will display next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show to help celebrate its 50th anniversary in the business. The good news is that this MINI Coupe Concept appears almost certain to join the regular family lineup at some point within the next several years. The house design team based the Coupe Concept on a standard John Cooper Works platform, although its unique roof treatment and strict two-seat configuration result in a curb weight that is nearly 200 pounds below any production JCW variant. With 208 turbocharged/intercooled horses on call and that much less mass to tote around, it should be blisteringly quick to say the least. In addition to its more steeply-raked windshield, the Coupe Concept also has a 1.4-inch lower roofline and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels -- a plus-one fitment from the normal JCW spec. Save for its missing rear seat, the Coupe Concept shares the same basic interior treatment with other MINIs, but it does boast more deeply-bolstered bucket seats and a has a pair of Chronoswiss analog clocks flanking its tachometer, one conventional and one with a stopwatch function. Like its production hatch counterpart, the Coupe Concept can hold about 8.8 cu-ft of cargo in its rear cargo bay. Although this slick one-off will no doubt be one highlight of the MINI's Frankfurt festivities, rumors continue to swirl that the automaker also plans to present an even more aggressively styled Speedster variant, also reported to have very real production potential. Don't be surprised to find an updated iteration of MINI's upcoming crossover model appear there, as well.