Mini Attaches Price to Popular Convertible Roadsters

By Trevor Dorchies | January 30, 2012
A quintessential British roadster has two seats and an optional top, and the latest round of Mini Coopers are taking note. Mini has announced pricing for its Mini Roadster lineup for 2012 and as expected, if you want more fun, you're going to have to pay for it. Three models will be available to the public this year. The basic Mini Roadster starts off at $24,350 while the Mini Cooper S commands a price tag starting at $27,350. The even more upscale Mini Cooper John Cooper Works starts at $34,500, $10,000 more than the base model but it also comes with more bells and whistles. The base model comes standard with the usual 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine responsible for 121 horsepower and can propel the little roadster from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds. The basic Mini is expected to get 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg while cruising down the freeway.
The Mini S Roadster is also powered by the same 1.6-liter engine but receives a turbocharger and direct injection to enhance performance and boosts horsepower output to 181 ponies. The S Roadster checks in with a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 141 mph. Note the Cooper S is expected to get the same fuel economy as its stripped-down sibling. The top-of-the-line John Cooper Works sets itself apart from the other Mini Roadsters with a twin-scroll turbocharger strapped onto to an inline-4 engine. While the engine may appear to be tiny, don't be fooled as it escorts 208 ponies to the pavement. The JCW checks in with a 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds and is expected to achieve a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. If you had a choice, which Mini configuration would you choose? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: USA Today