The production MINI Coupe is set to hit dealerships across North America next Summer. According to Mini Vice President Jim McDowell, MINI will use a six-month buffer between models an with the Countryman crossover set to arrive in February of next year, the Coupe should then be available in August of 2011. That would then mean that the Roadster model (essentially a drop-top version of the Coupe), would hit dealers in February of 2012 – just in time for spring.
Both the Coupe and Roadster debuted in concept form at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year and are expected to keep their 211-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder John Cooper Works mills. According to InsideLine, the Coupe is expected to share much of its underpinnings wit the more track-focused Cooper JCW, while the Roadster will use the more related Cooper S parts and will directly target the Mazda MX-5 Miata.