Historically, removing a car’s roof results in added body flex and reduced handling. This is not the case with the 2015 Mini Roadster. Additional structural bracing helps the Roadster’s body...
... remain rigid, although it also adds additional weight compared to the
coupe. We did notice some slight chassis shudder on rough pavement, but on less radical surfaces our Mini Roadster proved surprisingly composed. Most of our road time was spent with the top down, and even at freeway speeds, the Mini Roadster remained solid and stable. The experience got even better once we moved to winding mountain roads, where the Roadster’s quick steering, responsive suspension and 181-horsepower turbocharged engine thrilled at every apex. The Roadster’s 6-speed manual transmission was a pure joy to drive and shaves a full second off the automatic’s 10-second 0-60 time. The 208-horsepower John Cooper Works trim does it in seven seconds flat.