MINI Coupé 50 years old Today
Rumours have been swirling for months about what BMW would do on Aug twenty-six, 2009 for its Mini brand. In fact, that’s the fiftieth anniversary of the general public debut of Alec Issigonis’ original Mini. With lots of the speculation rotating around either a coupe or some sort of cropped window speedster, it turns out the actuality was somewhere between. In contrast to the original coupe of the Sixties that simply had a fastback replacement for the standard square-back roof, the new MINI Coup Idea completely replaces everything from the beltline up. The upright window which has been part of the Mini look from the first day is eventually swept back and a chopped roof covers the leftover 2 seats.
All pretenses of being a 4 seater has ultimately been dispensed with for the new coupe. The form of the roof indicates that should Mini move ahead with production, and it might simply get replaced by a folding fabric unit to form the anticipated speedster model.
What’s more, dumping the back seats means Mini could in prinicple add a wide brace back there restoring some of the structural integrity lost in the standard convertible, or maybe revive some load room in comparison to the Cabrio.
At that point, it’s unknown if those B-pillars are are colored glass or simply huge solid blind spots ( after this post was published, MINI released further footage of the inside that showed slim pillars and colored glass, footage have been added to the gallery ), but visually, the lower 1/2 the vehicle remains pretty typical R56 John Cooper Works.
Though we do not have images of the inside yet, it sounds like it’s largely standard Mini, though there are 2 clocks hanging off the sides of the steering column mounted tachometer very like the supposed Openometer in the convertible. One tells time while the second is a stopwatch for recording laps.
The MINI Coup Idea will be shown in public at the Frankfurt Motor Show the month after next alongside the production version of the new Crossover. MINI is celebrating a great birthday : Precisely 50 years back, on twenty-six Aug 1959, the classic Mini was presented to the general public for the 1st time, a novel story of success starting and today giving MINI the ideal chance to look forward without losing sight of the brand’s great practice. The MINI Coup Idea is an expression of MINI design and the great capability of the brand’s designers to fill the elementary values of the brand with new life, using the options of modern drivetrain and suspension technology, and developing fascinating points of view for the way forward for the brand from this premise. Presenting the idea of an uncompromisingly sporting two-seater to be seen for the 1st time at the Frankfurt Motor Show ( 1727 Sep 2009 ), MINI is showcasing an atypically tasty vision of the way in which the model family may actually develop in future.
The source of inspiration is once again the elemental motive so characteristic of each MINI : driving pleasure. The MINI Coup Idea so represents the best of a vehicle destined in each respect to supply an exciting experience and make each journey a very unique thrill. The MINI Coup Idea brings together a large range of features for a really sporting and aspiring style of motoring.
Restricted to 2 seats and following a philosophy of consistent light construction, the automobile obviously meets all the wants made of an especially active and dynamic coup. Compact dimensions, perfect spindle load distribution and a low centre of gravity offer great conditions for boosting the agility characteristic of MINI to a level never seen before.
Thru its design alone, the MINI Coup Idea brings out all the excitement of individual mobility and the targeting on pure driving pleasure. Strong proportions and dynamic design language stimulate a feeling of wish and robust appeal, the MINI Coup Idea offering an especially pure expression of the brand thru its sporting and novel position on the road.
The MINI Coup Idea : an invite to enjoy spontaneous mobility. With the growing model portfolio, the recognition of the MINI brand has additionally grown doggedly lately. The MINI has moved outside the restraints of urban mobility, opening up further options and winning over new target groups. And MINI permits you to enjoy spontaneous mobility, sporting and flexible handling and unmistakable style on almost each occasion.
The present models in the range already meet the most sundry demands. As individual characters in their own right, the MINI, MINI Clubman and MINI Convertible all provide a unique rendition of the driving experience so characteristic of the brand. And now the MINI Coup Idea brings out driving pleasure in its most concentrated form, acute light technology making this two-seater especially flexible and abnormally efficient. At the same time the low roofline, the precisely outlined spoiler edge at the rear and other aerodynamic features augment the auto’s performance to an even raised standard. So that in its design and in the use of high-performance drivetrain technology, the MINI Coup Idea offers great conditions as a compact sports car in the premium segment.
This two-seater is meant to accommodate even the strongest engine now available in the MINI and with the 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged power unit carried over from the MINI John Cooper Works, the MINI Coup Idea offers really excellent performance. Maximum output is 155 kW / 211 hp, top torque 260 Newton-metres / 192 lb-ft increasing thru the Overboost function for a short while to an even more important 280 Newton-metres / 206 lb-ft. And now the MINI Coup Idea offers everything it takes to surpass even the supreme performance of the MINI John Cooper works alongside this unique power unit. At the same time this concept vehicle obviously follows the BMW Group’s EfficientDynamics development system. More driving pleasure, lower emissions the MINI Coup Idea lives out this philosophy voiced by MINI as MINIMALISM in a very attractive demeanour. 50 years of MINI : a vision of tomorrow marking an anniversary of today.
50 years after the launch of the classic Mini, the attractiveness of the brand is bigger than ever before, with the model range exuding sheer obsession wherever you go.
And now, in the anniversary year of the brand, MINI is combining this unique tradition and the successful model range offered today with even larger creativity and technical invention for a really promising future. The MINI Coup Idea is another milestone in this ongoing development of the brand. The automobile takes up elementary strengths of the MINI and, through its modern technology and a cutting edge body concept, offers new standards and traits never seen before. So the MINI Coup Concept offers many new highlights in adding yet another personality to the current model range.
Exterior design : the look characteristic of MINI but with individual personality. The body design of the MINI Coup Idea also bridges the opening from the earliest days of the Mini’s history all of the way to the more distant future of the brand, stressing the unique nature of the idea as well as its full membership in the MINI family. At the same time the individual and emotional design language awakens the expectancy of an especially exciting experience on the road. Particularly at the front end of the automobile a number of icons characteristic of the brand, as well as the design style so characteristic of MINI, all come together to make a robust family similarity. Additionally, the individual look of the MINI Coup Idea comes out also in the side view of the car as well as in the planning of the rear end. This unique new two-seater measures 3,714 millimetres ( 146.2″ ) in length and 1,683 millimetres ( 66.3″ ) in width. Thru these dimensions and its athletic proportions alone, the MINI Coup Idea stands out from the start as a compact and muscle-bound sports machine. The common MINI look in especially sporting style. The new idea automobile carries over the unmistakable front end look from the four-seater MINI.
Smoothly balanced profile on the engine lid characterized by wide and sweeping radii, the large headlights, the homogenous shape of the radiator grille and the wide lower air intake give each model that unique look, openness and charm so characteristic of the brand.
Thru the larger rake of the windscreen on the MINI Coup Idea , the automobile looks even more striking and dynamic, the low and streamlined body establishing obviously the MINI Coup Idea is an especially excellent performer.
The hexagon radiator grille and the large round headlights are unmistakable design features re-interpreting the front view of the classic Mini in especially modern style. The direction indicators are integrated in the headlights, just above the leading edge three dimensional surrounds for the positioning lights and the foglamps.
The whole front air dam has been changed to the sporting look of the automobile, standing out even wider and more striking than previously. The chrome radiator grille on the MINI Coup Idea is the same as on the MINI Cooper S The inner section in the grille is however finished with bars in body color making a clear sign of excellence at first sight from the other members of the MINI family. The bonnet stripes also extend into the radiator grille to offer an even more sporting and dynamic touch. With its extraordinarily dynamic curve and the stylised opening, bearing affidavit to the power of the engine lurking inside, the front lid similarly comes in the same look as on the especially strong versions of the MINI.
Individual roofline as an indication of sporting presence.
The side view of the MINI Coup Idea also brings together features characteristic of the MINI family and new highlights in design to form an interesting entire. The front side panels, as an example, come direct from the MINI Convertible.
The body joint forming the diagonal line characteristic of each MINI along the front lid and the surrounds on the front side indicators bearing out the style of the MINI Cooper S again offer an unmistakable sign of excellence with significant roots here the classic Mini had a plain welding seam along the body. The familiarity in design caused by these features forms an engaging contrast to the far larger rake of the A-pillars leading into the mint, sweeping line of the roof. Enormous wheels and a high waistline already give the MINI, the MINI Clubman and the MINI Convertible an extremely tough and sporting look, with the black strip round the lower section of the body underlining this compact appearance and short body overhangs rear and front emphasizing the athletic stature of the auto and bearing sworn statement to that standard go-kart feeling at first sight.
All this now comes out even more convincingly in the MINI Coup Idea , also thru the unique flow of the roofline. The glazed section of the passenger cell called the greenhouse, as an example, is lower and even more dynamic than on the brand’s “regular” models. Another feature of the MINI Coup Idea is the strongly inclined windscreen merging gradually into the roof. At the rear the roofline at first moving straight back above the heads of the driver and front passenger flows on into the strong C-pillar. The whole roof with all its lines therefore comes in a bridge shape quite unmistakable and featured for the 1st time on the MINI, made of a robust rear foundation stone formed by the C-pillar and the just about filigree structure above the passenger cell. The C-pillar is a robust visible expression of the particularly solid and torsionally firm body structure providing not only superior occupant safety, but also the agility characteristic of MINI in fast manoeuvres. The C-pillar really strong in design serves at the same time to steer your point of view towards the rear end of the automobile, while the side view of the MINI Coup Idea forms a particularly powerful and convincing wedge shape made by the roofline tapering out to the rear and the waistline rising up a touch in classic MINI style. All this gives the MINI Coup Idea a forward-moving impression right from the start, the auto clearly expressing its power and muscle even at a dead stop. Through its design alone, , the MINI Coup Idea convincingly visualizes sporting qualities of the highest standard.
Striking lines and smooth flow of air guaranteed by the roof spoiler and the rear spoiler edge. The rear-end design of the MINI Coup Idea doggedly follows the necessity to optimise the flow of air in the interest of both driving dynamics and potency.
The concept of “form follows function” so critical to MINI, the look and design of diverse body elements, completely reflects the characteristic features and qualities of the auto. Thru its design alone, , the MINI Coup Idea obviously affirms its sporting potential in an extremely convincing and convincing manner. The rear spoiler with its wing profile at the same level as the C-pillar also makes an extremely effective contribution in steering the air along the rear end of the MINI Coup Idea .
This large air direction component spans the whole width of the roof, augmenting aerodynamic downforce on the rear spindle.
Tapering down chicly, the back window on this unique two-seater combines into a short and low rear end with staged lines in standard coup design. Again, this follows the overriding objective to guarantee an ideal flow of air without any turbulence injuring the auto’s aerodynamics which is also why the air spoiler on the rear panel is reasonably pointy and clear in its profile.
Underneath the air spoiler at the rear the final look and design of the MINI Coup Idea follows the characteristic philosophy of the brand. Horizontal lines running parallel to each other emphasize the wide track of the vehicle, the body growing wider from top to bottom in cascading style highlighting the muscular position of the automobile resting on its wheels in that characteristic style.
The rear light clusters in upright arrangement and encircled by a wide chrome frame are also characteristic of the brand.
The rear air dam on the MINI Coup Idea , in turn, incorporates a diffuser split up into 2 sections and making sure a smooth, swirl-free flow of air underneath the automobile. The tailgate on the MINI Coup Idea is one more highlight of the auto. Purposely foregoing the back seat bench, this unique two-seater offers heaps of further space for taking along all types of bags.
Baggage capacity is 250 litres or 8.8 cu ft. To use this space most handily, the rear end of the MINI Coup Idea includes a large and wide-opening tailgate. Hinged above the roof spoiler, the whole tailgate including the back window swings up gracefully, offering convenient access to the generous baggage space behind the back seats of the automobile.
And thanks to the low loading sill, accessing the baggage compartment with even heavy and ponderous objects is noticeably less complicated. The entire design of the rear end with its large tailgate is one more example of the functional design so characteristic of MINI.
All options offered thru the tenet of the auto are optimised to the highest standard thru conscientiously thought-out solutions and a good overall balance. Indeed, this principle already to be admired on the brand’s existing models, as an example thru the easy-load function on the MINI Convertible, makes a big contribution to the general substance of the automobile. The result’s a large range of innovative solutions quite unique in the market, stressing the premium personality of the MINI brand. On the MINI Coup Idea this philosophy is confirmed by yet one more particular feature providing additional space and practical worth : The bulkhead between the passenger and the bags compartments includes a lockable opening. The through-loading provided in this manner, quite surprising on a two-seater coupe, gives the driver and passenger direct access even while driving to go items they’re taking along in the bags compartment. So that bags with, say, drinks, a music CD or maps are put away away safely but always inside straightforward reach. Interior : sports auto ambience with an exclusive range of colors and materials.
The MINI Coup Idea mixes the fantasy of a compact sports auto with stirring agility, on the one hand, and the individual aptitude and style of the MINI, on the other. Thru its entire idea, the automobile is completely engineered to offer concentrated driving pleasure of the highest standard. This is confirmed not only thru the extroverted exterior in its engaging, sporting look, but also thru the inside conceived from the start for active motoring. Wide-opening doors give the driver and passenger convenient access to the interior, where they enjoy sports seats with strongly contoured side supports for a safe seating position even in especially fast bends. A three-spoke leather sports wheel with multifunction buttons enables the driver to steer exactly into bends and control the audio or communication functions with maximum ease. All the other control units, in turn, are organized ergonomically on the dashboard, taking their frequency of use into account. The breakdown of the cockpit, the dashboard and centre console again follows that special interior design so characteristic of MINI.
Horizontal lines and air vents placed far to the outside emphasize the sheer width of the instrument panel and, at the same time, the generous style of the inside, the slim centre console giving the driver and passenger maximum legroom. The structure of the door linings so everyday of the brand, eventually, has also been re-interpreted, with the elliptic main part now utterly closed in.
The MINI Coup Idea also includes a large rev counter immediately behind the wheel, while the speedometer is part of the central instrument in the higher section of the dashboard.
One clock is a purpose-built stopwatch for taking lap times, the second clock shows the time in classic style.
The colors and materials featured within the MINI Coup Idea symbolize the classic sportiness of the auto.
Like the dashboard, the roof liner of this unheard-of two-seater comes in black providing a calm atmosphere perfect for focussing on driving conditions and necessary wants. Black trim bars mixed with a carbon interior trim strip, ultimately, further augment this purist look. Providing a new sense of go-kart driving. The MINI Coup Idea is unquestionably a MINI and definitely a sports car. The particular charm of this mixture results from both the drivetrain and the suspension technology already featured in this production models, as well as the special highlights of this two-seater concept vehicle. Over and above their body design, the MINI, MINI Clubman and MINI Convertible already set the standard today for agility and driving pleasure in their own segments.
Tough engines and suspension technology quite superior in the small car segment then guarantee a really unique driving experience.
Front-wheel drive, robust disc brakes on all 4 wheels, the front spindle with McPherson spring struts and a centrally steered rear spindle with aluminum longitudinal arms and anti-roll bars set the foundation for uniquely safe and flexible handling. EPS Electronic Power Steering with speed-related power help, ultimately, makes sure exact manoeuvring round bends and gives the driver actual feedback at all times on road and driving conditions. At the same time on-demand management of steering help serves to maximize the automobile’s potency. The MINI Coup Idea offers top conditions for raising the go-kart feeling made by the automobile’s drivetrain and suspension technology to an even better standard.
Its complete construction is predicated on a light-weight idea reducing weight especially where it actually counts for even greater agility. As an example, this two-seater incorporates an aluminum roof not only optimizing the general weight of the vehicle, but also lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity for a serious reduction of body movement and optimised driving behavior.
Since lower weight also suggests larger efficiency, the MINI Coup Idea again offers the choice to mix even bigger driving pleasure with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced as small as possible as a crucial sign of our times.
Sporting success and flexible handling of the highest standard are significant highlights in the history of MINI now going back 5 decades and both factors have made an elemental contribution to the continuing recognition of this small premium auto. 3 overall wins in the Monte Carlo Rally and the theorem of driving pleasure voiced so obviously by the vehicle’s go-kart feeling definitely confirm the sporting potential of this small compact both back then and today. The anniversary year is thus the right time to present the MINI Coup Idea as the dream of an uncompromisingly active sports car. Another idea auto presented even before the re-launch of the MINI brand proves this philosophy has always fuelled the creativity of the MINI’s designers : The MINI Concept Monte Carlo presented in 1997 was a two-seater with a 160-hp mid-mounted engine. Through its design alone, this idea auto already came with a large range of features predestined to be taken up again by the 1st MINI, short body overhangs front and back, round headlights and the re-interpretation of the hexagon radiator grille providing an outlook at crucial styling elements on the production model to follow later. With its very powerful body and direct references to motorsport, the MINI Idea Monte Carlo also made a clear pledge to the rally history of the brand.
Now the MINI Coup Idea , thru its unique look, takes up the just about assertive and extroverted appearance of that previous idea automobile, at the same time providing a new link between the history, the present and the way forward for the brand. It takes up standard values of the MINI brand and mixes them with the most advanced technologies to supply a fascinating vision of the way the MINI model family may continue.
Once more, MINI is following the wishes and wishes of new target groups entirely appreciative of the individual style of the brand and associating this personality with obviously outlined product features.
The MINI Coup Idea addresses the motorist excited by that unique mixture of driving pleasure, way of life, and premium quality so characteristic of MINI and, at the same time, attempting to find sporting driving qualities of an even raised standard.
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