Production of the athlete version Mini Coupe will debut on the European market in mid 2011. His Mini Roadster brother, is expected six months later, in February 2012.
After rumors announcing a seven seat version of the current Countryman, new information about the British manufacturer’s product range in surfacing. This time, which releases the data channel is the official one, Jim McDowell, Head of the Mini American Division.
The official claimed that the favorable reception of the two models, Coupe and Roadster, by the public, led the British to hasten the release version number for the two concepts presented in Frankfurt in autumn 2009. The first model that will debut on the streets will be the Coupe, expected in August 2011, followed only six months later by the Roadster, scheduled for February 2012.
Under the hood of Mini Coupe will be a gasoline unit, of 1.6 liters and 180 horsepower Cooper S version related, also the high end unit with 211 hp modified in the John Cooper Works performance workshops. A slightly more sensible version with 120 horsepower, will find in the Mini Roadster version.
To properly prepare for the onset of the two models, Mini will employ 1,000 people at its plant in Oxford.