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2012 Mini Cooper Roadster

At a Glance

Pricing $24,350 - $34,500
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.6l I4, 1.6l I4 T
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 25-27 (city), 33-35 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 62

Overview Information

Too cute to dislike, the zippy Mini Cooper is defined by its unique appearance, compact dimensions and good handling. Under BMW's stewardship, the little Mini Cooper has spawned a big lineup of model variations. The MINI Cooper Roadster is a specialized performance variant of the iconic MINI Cooper line. The Cooper Roadster has one row of seating for two passengers. The cargo area has a fixed bulkhead with a small pass through area for longer items. The small soft top is manually operated. The closest competitive model is the Mazda MX-5 (Miata). Most Mini variants share the same powertrain and model structure. The base Cooper model is powered by a 121-bhp, 1.6l four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Power in the turbocharged Cooper S increases to 181-bhp. The top performance model is the John Cooper Works (MT only) which increases power to 208-bhp. All models share a long list of standard equipment that includes four-wheel disc brakes, common power equipment and alloy wheels for around $25,000. Mini offers numerous customization options which extend beyond option packages to mixed exterior /interior color combinations and decals. Through this unique personalization it is possible to add thousands to the sticker price.

What Changed:

The MINI Cooper Roadster is new two-seat convertible variant of the MINI Cooper line. Engine choices mirror those of other Cooper models.

Official Word:

The driving fun sewn into the fabric of every MINI can now be enjoyed with the roof up or down in the first convertible model from the brand designed strictly for two people. The MINI Roadster, the sixth model in the British premium carmaker's current line-up, gives the small car segment another innovative shot in the arm. The typically MINI interpretation of a compact roadster embodies unadulterated sportiness and spontaneous urban driving fun under the open...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Cooper Roadster 1.6l I4 (121-bhp) M6 FWD 27/35/31 46 $24,350
Cooper Roadster 1.6l I4 (121-bhp) A6 FWD 27/35/31 46 $25,600
Cooper Roadster S 1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) M6 FWD 27/35/31 57 $27,350
Cooper Roadster S 1.6l I4 T (181-bhp) A6 FWD 26/34/30 57 $28,600
Cooper Roadster John Cooper Works 1.6l I4 T (208-bhp) M6 FWD 25/33/29 62 $34,500