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by Tim Beissmann

Mini Australia will launch entry-level variants of its Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster models in November, slashing the starting price of its new two-seater range by around $8000.

The Mini Cooper Coupe will be priced from $34,900 before on-road costs, undercutting the current Cooper S Coupe base model by $8090, while the Mini Cooper Roadster will start at $37,500, also $8000 below the Cooper S Roadster.

Like the other Cooper models across the Mini range, the entry-level Coupe and Roadster will be powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 90kW and 160Nm of torque.

The four-cylinder powerplant motivates the Cooper Coupe from 0-100km/h in 9.0 seconds and consumes an average of 5.8 litres of fuel per 100km, while the Cooper Roadster takes an extra two-tenths to reach triple figures and burns 6.1L/100km on the combined cycle.

Both models are equipped as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the optional six-speed automatic adds $2350.

Standard features in the new Cooper variants include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, climate control, cruise control, sports seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB media port.

Compared with the Cooper S variants, the Coopers get smaller alloys and a standard body kit and miss out on bi-xenon headlights, clear indicator lenses and the Sport button, as well as some other minor features.

The introduction of the entry-level variants should give sales of the Coupe and Roadster a shot in the arm for Mini Australia. Since launching at the beginning of this year, 95 Coupes and 70 Roadsters have been sold across the country, including nine Coupes and six Roadsters in August.

 

Mini Cooper Coupe and Roadster manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Cooper Coupe – $34,900
  • Cooper S Coupe – $42,990
  • John Cooper Works Coupe – $52,600
  • Cooper Roadster – $37,500
  • Cooper S Roadster – $45,500
  • John Cooper Works Roadster – $55,100



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