The 2010 Mini Cooper Convertible is one year removed from the first redesign since its inception in 2005 but shares not a single body panel with the outgoing drop top.
The Mini Cooper Convertible is powered by three variants of 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. The base model has a naturally aspirated version that puts out 118 horsepower. The Cooper S gets a turbocharged version that generates 172 horsepower, while the turbocharged powerplant of the John Cooper Works model is tuned to put out 208 horsepower. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is available on the base and S models.
Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
The convertible top drops in 15 seconds and features a targa mode to get some sun with a little added protection from the elements.
Mini carries over its quirky gauge cluster layout, with the tachometer in front of the driver and the speedometer in the center console.
Base MSRP for the 2010 Mini Cooper Convertible is $24.250. A John Cooper Works model will start at $34,000. The Mini Cooper Convertible is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty.
The 2010 Mini Cooper Convertible's iconic styling and impressive performance make for a sporty, fuel-efficient small car that is fun to drive no matter the weather.