Mini Roadster Car
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Facts about Mini Roadster car. The Mini Roadster car was a sport compact car based on the Cooper Mini.
History of Mini Roadster car
The Mini Roadster was first made in 2011, based on the second generation of the Mini, and reached showroom floors in 2012. In 2014, the Mini Roadster only sold around 28,000 cars. The Mini Roadster had no major redesigns during its run, and it ran for only a single “generation”. The Mini Roadster was discontinued in 2015 when the third generation of the Mini came out.
Design of Mini Roadster car
The Mini Roadster is a front wheel drive, front engine British car made in Cowley, Oxfordshire, UK. The Mini Roadster is mechanically related to the Mini Hatch and Mini Coupe. The Roadster is essentially a soft top version of the Coupe.
The Mini Roadster, like the related Coupe, has only two seats. The Cabriolet has four. This gives the Roadster a larger trunk. The Mini Roadster's windscreen has a 13 degree greater angle and lower roof to give it lower wind resistance. The Mini Roadster has a spoiler that comes up when the car is going over fifty miles per hour to improve its grip on the road. The spoiler could also be raised at lower speeds at the touch of a button. The Mini Roadster came with Pandora radio, swiveling headlamps, and Bluetooth.
The Mini Roadster had several trim lines: the Cooper, the Cooper S, a Cooper SD (turbo diesel), and John Cooper Works (JCW). The basic trim line has a 1.6 liter engine and top speed of 124 miles per hour. The Cooper S trim line of the Roadster had a 181 horsepower engine with a top speed of 141 miles per hour. The highest trim lines have a two liter engine and top speed of 147 miles per hour.
The Mini Roadster has a six speed manual transmission. The John Cooper Works trim line has a sport suspension as standard, though that is available as an optional feature on the other trim lines if you pay for it. All versions of the Mini Roadster had dual stage air bags.
Performance of Mini Roadster car
The Mini Roadster was rated by JD Power and Associates as having below average reliability in 2015.
There were no safety recalls issued for the Mini Cooper Roadster as of 2015.
Rivals of Mini Roadster car
One of the main rivals to the Mini Roadster is the Mini Hardtop, which comes in 2 door and 4 door forms, as well as a convertible version. The convertible version of the Mini Hardtop is a viable alternative to the discontinued Mini Roadster.
Other rivals to the Mini Roadster include the Mazda Miata and Scion FR-S.
Trivia about Mini Roadster car
The Mini Roadster has the internal code R59. The related Mini Coupe was identified as R58. The Roadster is a non-convertible version of the Coupe.
Mini cars in general had a best resale value award from Kelly Blue Book. However, that award was based on cars that remained in production over decades, the 2010 to 2012 hiatus of the Mini when it was taken over by BMW excepted.
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