The 2012 Detroit Auto Show will be home for the world premiere of MINI‘s Roadster, a two-seating, soft-top model looking to innovate the small car segment. The MINI Roadster will become the sixth model in MINI’s line-up and will launch in the North American market with three variants to choose from.
Much like the Coupe, the base model MINI Cooper Roadster will have 121-hp while the MINI Cooper S Roadster will pack 181-hp. The top-of-the-line performer will be MINI’s John Cooper Works Roadster, sporting 208-hp. All MINI Roadsters will be front-wheel-drive and will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The base Roadster and the Cooper S Roadster can be ordered with a six-speed automatic as an option.
In its desire of being a typical, fun-driving MINI machine, the Roadster features Electric Power Steering and Dynamic Stability Control. MINI also went on to tune the chassis with a torsionally rigid body while lowering the car’s center of gravity helping it deliver “addictive agility” and unbeatable active and passive safety. The MINI Roadster also features a rear spoiler on the trunk which automatically extends when the vehicle reaches 50-mph.
No pricing was announced on the MINI Roadster models, but AutoGuide will be sure to report anything we hear at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.