MINI Roadster to Debut at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.


See AutoGuide’s complete 2012 NAIAS Preview here and read our review of the 2012 MINI Coupe here

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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