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Published on November 3rd, 2011 | by Seán Ward


New Mini Roadster

The all new Mini Roadster has been unveiled this week, the first two seater roadster in the company’s history.

Built in Oxford, Mini says it can ‘justifiably claim to be a spiritual successor to the traditional British roadsters of old’.

Although the roof requires some manual labour to open, and is ‘Semi Automatic’ as Mini puts it, the car boasts an impressive 240 litres of boot space, a ‘premium’ interior familiar to Mini owners, and a good selection of engines, ranging from the entry level 1.6 level petrol to the 2 litre diesel.

Right at the top of the range though is the John Cooper Works Roadster, which has a turbocharged 1.6 litre engine which produces 211 bhp and 260 Nm of torque, giving it a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, and a top speed of 147 mph with the roof down.

Alloy wheels and a radio come as standard, as does EPS, DSC, ABS, EBD, CBC, BA, HSA, DTC and EDLC.*

New to Mini is a rear spoiler which rises automatically at 50 mph, and retracts again at 37 mph.

The standard Roadster costs £18,015, and the top model Works Roadster costs £24,850.

*Electronic Power Steering, Dynamic Stability Control, Anti-Lock Braking, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Cornering Brake Control, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assistant, Dynamic Traction Control, and Electronic Differential Lock Control, if you’re interested.

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