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MINI Coupe Concept: production confirmed
And presentation at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show

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MINI Coupe Concept: front view, driving.

MINI Coupe Concept: engineered to receive the most powerful engine in the current MINI line-up: the 211hp, 1.6-litre twin scroll turbocharged unit found in John Cooper Works.

7 Sep. 2009 - Half a century after the first classic Mini was presented to the public in August 1959, a new MINI Coupe Concept will be unveiled at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show (public days from 17 to 27 September).

In the meantime, the MINI Coupe concept car has also been confirmed as one of two new MINI models to be built, joining the existing Hatch, Clubman and Convertibles on the production line at MINI Plant Oxford. The production start date for these two new models is still to be confirmed.

The BMW Group (owner of the MINI brand) announced that a concept of the other model will also be unveiled for the first time to global media at Frankfurt.

MINI Coupe Concept: rear view, driving.

Muscular stance with the typical MINI high waistline.

As far as the Coupe Concept is concerned, MINI says it is strictly a two-seater "with the ingredients of a genuine sports car", such as a low roof line, compact dimensions, proper axle load distribution and lightweight construction.

A number of design icons can be found in the large round headlights with their black internal reflectors, the hexagonal radiator grille and low front spoiler. Other exterior design cues unique to the coupé include a bespoke rear spoiler, bonnet stripes extending to include the radiator grille and an entirely revised front air dam.

MINI Coupe Concept: interior view.

Three-spoke leather steering wheel and multi-function controls.

To get its muscular stance, the MINI Coupe Concept is 1,356 mm high, with the steep rake of the A-pillars accentuated by the typical high waistline of the MINI models in general.

Overall, the concept is 3,714mm long and 1,683mm wide, sitting on 18” triple-tone finish light alloy wheels.

For the first time on a MINI, a weight-saving aluminium roof connects directly the A- and C-pillars. The low rear end of the car optimises air flow across the body.

The cabin features sports seats with strongly contoured side supports, a three-spoke leather sports steering wheel with multi-function controls.

MINI Coupe Concept: sports seats with strongly contoured side supports.

Sports seats with strongly contoured side supports.

The luggage compartment (250 litres) can be accessed at the rear by a tailgate which is hinged above the roof spoiler. The bulkhead between the passenger and luggage compartments comes with a lockable opening, giving passengers access to the rear section at any time.

The MINI Coupe Concept is engineered to receive the most powerful engine in the current MINI line-up. The 211hp, 1.6-litre twin scroll turbocharged power unit found in current John Cooper Works models offers CO2 emissions of 165g/km and fuel efficiency of 40.9 UK mpg (combined), equivalent to 34.1 US mpg, 6.9 litre/100 km or 14.5 km/litre.

The MINI Coupe Concept is a front wheel drive car with disc brakes on all wheels. The front axle has McPherson spring struts and the rear one is centrally guided with aluminium longitudinal arms and anti-roll bars.

Besides the new MINI Coupé, MINI's efforts to widen its range of small premium cars include also the new MINI Crossover model, which is in the final stages of development, in addition to the Hatch, Clubman and Convertible models currently on the roads in nearly 80 countries worldwide. Its advanced technologies already include Brake Energy Regeneration, Shift Point Display and Auto Start/Stop.

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