Mini has done a laudable job of adding structural rigidity to compensate for removing the roof in the Roadster. But doing that has made it heavier than the
... alt_o_t="Coupe">Coupe, and some chassis quiver remains on bumpy roads. On open highways, the Roadster is surprisingly composed. We drove one mostly top-down from New Mexico to California, and were impressed at how solid this car feels on freeways. In twisty mountain passes, the Roadster truly excels with its quick steering. Those willing to do the extra work of shifting for themselves will be treated to an excellent manual transmission that also helps lower the car's acceleration time. In that respect, all but base Roadsters with an automatic transmission feel quick to 60 mph. Hitting that mark in the base auto model takes 10 seconds, but a manual transmission shaves more than a second off. Roadster S and John Cooper Works models get there in the 6-second range.