German companies are generally very good at the business of charging more for less. If you need proof, look no further than the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, priced more than $3000 above the high-performance Boxster S, yet comes with nylon pull straps for interior door handles and a tarp for a roof.
While the Mini marque is about as British as tea and crumpets, parent company BMW isn’t. So Mini has decided to follow suit with the rest of the Deutschers with the less-is-more philosophy. For 2012, Mini is introducing a stylish two-seater coupe variant of its popular Mini Cooper hatchback called, imaginatively enough, the Mini Cooper Coupe, pricing it $1800 above the four-seater at $22,700 including destination.
Sitting an inch lower with a chopped roof profile, the Mini Cooper Coupe expands the portfolio of the premium compact carmaker. Mechanically identical to the standard hatchback, the Cooper Coupe comes in base, turbocharged ‘S,’ and John Cooper Works models. ‘S’ cars, featuring a turbocharged 181-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, start at $26,000 — $1500 more than the hatchback. John Cooper Works cars, which come with a 208-horsepower version of the same engine, are priced from $32,600, a $1300 difference.
Labeled a subcompact sports car by the automaker, the Cooper Coupe joins an already bigger-than-ever lineup of Minis. Differing from the standard hatchback, the Cooper Coupe has a 9.9 cubic-foot trunk, which Mini claims is large enough for two sets of golf clubs or two weekend travel suitcases. The car also comes equipped with a standard rear spoiler that deploys at 50 mph and provides the Coupe with extra downforce when traveling at high speeds.
Look for the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe to arrive at dealerships October 1 with the Cooper Roadster variant coming out early next year.