NEW FOR 2014:
– Sport Package added to Cooper
– Yours Package added to Cooper S
– New colours: Kite Blue, Highclass Grey (Yours Package)
– New interior trim colour: Pepper White
Although Mini already offers a Convertible version of its iconic Hardtop model, the Roadster is designed for a different buyer. With only two seats, a more raked windshield and a lower seating position, it puts the emphasis on sportiness rather than just open-air motoring. The Roadster also offers a simple, lightweight manual roof rather than the elaborate power top with integrated sunroof featured in the Convertible. Regardless of which Roadster you select, all have go-kart like handling that’s keen but safe.
Changes for 2014 echo that of the Mini Coupe. The base Cooper Roadster can be had with a new Sport Package that adds sports seats, and a choice of 17-inch alloy wheels. The Cooper S can be had with the luxury-oriented Mini Yours configuration, that adds grey leather sports seats, and exclusive Highclass Grey exterior paint with black roof and mirror caps, plus black-painted wheels. Kite Blue (light blue) has been added to the colour pallet as well, while interior trim can now be specced in Pepper White.
The Mini Roadster comes in three models: Cooper Roadster, Cooper S Roadster, and John Cooper Works Roadster. The Cooper uses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine; the Cooper S uses a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine; and the John Cooper Works uses a higher-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-litre engine. All three come with a six-speed manual transmission; the Cooper and Cooper S can be optioned with a six-speed automatic.
Features on the Cooper include 16-inch wheels, chrome exterior trim, doorhandles, grille, and trunk garnish, chrome roll hoops with active head protection, active rear trunk spoiler, leatherette upholstered gearshift and handbrake gate, chrome interior door handles, leatherette upholstery, chrome exhaust, ambient interior lighting, bi-xenon headlamps, six-way manually adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel with multi-function controls, cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering column, heated exterior mirrors, heated wiper nozzles, auto up/down power windows, stainless steel footrest, keyless entry with start/stop button, third sunvisor (driver’s side), trip computer, and AM/FM/CD stereo with aux-in and USB ports.
The Cooper S adds hood scoop, body-colour trunk garnish, black honeycomb grille, sport button, extended interior décor, extended trip computer functionality, double centrally-mounted exhaust tips and sport seats.
The John Cooper Works adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dynamic traction control, aerodynamic kit, anthracite headliner, and piano black interior accents.