2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupé

The Mini Coupé was unveiled in June 2011 and formally launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. This smaller and more aggressive Mini is the first two-seat offering from the iconic British/German auto manufacturer and offers enthusiasts improved performance and handing in addition to increased cargo capacity over the standard hatch.

The Coupé is the first two-seat Mini and the first to have a three-box design; the engine compartment, the passenger compartment and the luggage compartments are all separated. It is also be the fastest production Mini ever produced – in John Cooper Works trim moving from 0 to 60 mph in just under 6.4 seconds.       |   Click to Enlarge  –  1920×1200

The Coupe is based on the Mini Cabriolet, but with only two seats allowing for a substantially bigger hatch area. The Coupé’s windscreen is angled rearwards by 13 degrees more than in the cabrio’s and the aluminium roof is 29 mm lower than standard Mini Hatch. The rear spoiler rises at speeds above 50 mph.

The range of the Coupé follows a similar pattern to other Mini models; featuring Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper SD and the range-topping John Cooper Works (JCW). The JCW version is the fastest production Mini ever with acceleration 0 to 60 mph in just under 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph, courtesy of a turbocharged 208 bhp 1,598 cc four-cylinder engine.