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by Matt Brogan

The Mini Roadster concept broke cover today at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The two-seat soft-top will be powered by a 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine (think Cooper S) developing 130kW of power and 240Nm of toque. This is increased to 260Nm with aid of an overboost function.

Key dimensions of the Mini Roadster are as follows:

  • Overall Length: 3713mm
  • Overall Width: 1684mm
  • Overall Height: 1356mm
  • Cargo Capacity: 250 litres

The front end is similar to that of the Mini convertible, up to the A-pillars, where a revised windscreen with sharper angle makes for a more ‘chopped’ look.

The inner part of the grille is colour-coded while the bonnet features the brand’s familiar stripes.

Mini says the roof takes only a few seconds to open or close but is not electrically operated in a nod to the purist nature of the car, and that also helps reduce weight.

A single-piece aluminium bar that spans the width of the interior can shoot up in 150 milliseconds in the event of a rollover.

The inside is typical to the Mini Cabrio as recently tested by CarAdvice but with the additions of a nature guard function to tell the driver how to save fuel through pedal position relative to speed, and a gravity indicator that displays g-force.

The Mini Roadster also introduces ‘Buddy Radar’, a program used to indicate if other Mini motorists are nearby.