A dedicated two-seater, the Mini Cooper Roader was designed to ramp up the open-air fun from the standard four-seater Cooper convertible. The new car sits 3/4 of an inch lower to the ground than the convertible thanks to a raked windshield and lower suspension, and it comes with extra body braces for rigidity. Mini says it’s a “unique package appealing to demanding target groups with a penchant for elegant sportiness, spontaneous open-top driving fun and irresistible design.”
With the rear seat removed and a trunk in its place, you may think that the Mini Cooper Roadster will have a larger trunk than the smallish storage compartment in the four-seat Cooper convertible. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Despite a compact manually folding soft top, the Cooper Roadster has just 8.5 cubic feet of trunk space.
But the rest of the car isn’t nearly as compromised, coming with standard air conditioning, power mirrors, and an input for MP3 players. Other options include xenon high-intensity headlights, park distance control sensors, and the Mini Connected infotainment system. Mini also has a customization program called Mini Yours that has specialty colors, racing stripes, and interior materials available.
Engine options remain the same as other Mini Cooper Models: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 121 horsepower in the standard Cooper Roadster, a turbocharged 181-horsepower variant for the Cooper S Roadster, and a 208-horsepower model in the top-level John Cooper Works Roadster. The John Cooper Works also has a standard sport button that recalibrates steering feel and the responsiveness of the accelerator for different driving situations.
Pricing for the Mini Cooper Roadster has not yet been released, but we expect to see it closer to the vehicle’s launch early next year. The Cooper Coupe starts at $22,700, so we expect the Roadster to carry a $3000 to $4000 premium over its hardtop sibling.