Although Mini supposedly celebrated their 50th anniversary with the 2010 MINI 50 Mayfair and 50 Camden, but no celebration without an "eye on the future", and that happens with a concept of some sort. Well this Mini right here, is in fact, a concept that will be coming the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. By the looks of it, this 2009 Mini Coupe Concept will probably turn up to be a production car someday.
What differs this from a standard Mini, is a the new radical design of the roof, which now makes it a coupe. What benefits this? Well, the slopping roof, means that Mini takes out the tiny rear-seats, and it enlarges the luggage space. Other changes include, detailing the front and rear bumpers, headlamps, front grille and evidently, the rear-end design has been reworked; but that's basically it. It still looks like a proper Mini, but in a dramatic way. Inside, it stays true the Mini's large center speed-o-meter, but adds a new sport-bucket seats. A unique feature of the Coupe is the addition of two Chronoswiss clocks adjacent the rev counter. One clock is a purpose-built stopwatch for taking lap times, the second clock shows the time in classic style.
Underneath, this Mini Coupe Concept is still basically a Mini Cooper. So that means, sharp handling with responsive steering, and meaty engine. The engine comes out from the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works' 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, pumping out 211 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Nonetheless, there's a boost technology, that can deliver 206 lb-ft of torque for 10 seconds. Of course, power is channeled to the front-wheels, via a 6-speed manual transmission. Considering the facts, when this comes to production, it might just be a rival to the basic Audi TT. Plus, the Mini Coupe Concept with its aluminum roof, lack or rear-seats, make it lighter and faster than the Cooper.
That's all what we got the Mini Coupe. More information will be release at its live debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Source : [Mini]