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2012 MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster launched in Australia

March 5, 2012

MINI Australia has launched the all-new MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster. These little pocket rockets are the smallest and sportiest models to join the company’s growing lineup.

The new model is available in two different trim variants; the Cooper S and the high performance John Cooper Works. Both are available in either Coupe or Roadster guise, and available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Like the normal MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works models, the MINI Coupe and Roadster are highly agile compact sports cars, only these latest models offer a strict two-seat layout matched with a low-profile body.

The Cooper S versions come with a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 135kW of power and 260Nm of torque, while the John Cooper Works editions get a revised version of the engine, producing 155kW and 280Nm.

All versions are now available, with prices starting at (excluding on-road costs):

MINI Cooper S Coupe – $45,500
MINI John Cooper Works Coupe – $55,100

MINI Cooper S Roadster – $48,010
MINI John Cooper Works Roadster – $57,600

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.