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MINI Coupe pricing announced for Australia

December 2, 2011

Prices for the new MINI Coupe have been announced for Australia, kicking off at $42,990 for the Cooper S version. It hits the showroom floors in February 2012.

The little MINI Coupe does seem like a bit of a confusing model at first, but if you’re after something a bit quirky and a bit different, and something your next-door neighbour will probably not have, then the MINI Coupe could be just the thing.

It’s based on the already-excellent MINI Cooper range, only it’s smaller. The roofline is also much different to the normal Cooper, presenting a low drawn-back profile which is said to resemble a cap being worn backwards.

Under the bonnet, the MINI Coupe Cooper S features a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 135kW of power and 260Nm of torque. It’s able to do 0-100km/h in a sprightly 6.9 seconds, and has a top speed rated at 230km/h.

It would be an interesting little drive this thing, as the normal MINI Cooper is already a truely exciting car to drive. It may not be an outright powerhouse, but the overall theater and experience is right up there. MINI says the Coupe offers ‘go-kart’ like handling – even more so than the normal Cooper.

The company has confirmed the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe is on its way as well, providing a power hike up to 155kW, as well as exterior, interior, braking and suspension revisions over the Cooper S. Pricing hasn’t been finalised.

Both versions will go on sale in February.

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.