The latest variant of Mini’s popular small cars, the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe, will start from just $22,000 (including a $700 destination charge) when it goes on sale in October. The Coupe’s pricing puts it halfway between the cost of a Cooper hardtop and a Cooper convertible.
There are three trim levels for the new car. The 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe runs $22,000 and employs the same 1.6-liter inline-four engine as the base Mini hatchback, which is rated at 121 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. For more power, the $25,300 Cooper S Coupe trim provides a turbocharged 1.6-liter that produces 181 hp and 177 lb-ft (or 192 lb-ft in overboost mode.) Finally, the highest performing Coupe model is the John Cooper Works trim, which for $31,900 provides 208 hp and 192 lb-ft from the same 1.6-liter turbo engine, as well as a variety of dynamic and chassis upgrades.
As we expected, those prices fit squarely within the sticker ranges for hardtop and convertible Mini Coopers. Base prices for the 2012 Cooper hatchback range from $20,200 for the base model to $30,600 for the John Cooper Works. Pricing for the Cooper convertible starts at $25,650 for a base model and runs to $35,800 for the John Cooper Works trim.
In addition to the pricing for the new Coupe, Mini revealed the base prices for all other Mini trims would climb slightly for 2012. Base prices for Cooper and Cooper S trims of the hardtop, convertible, Clubman, and Countryman bodystyles all increase $100 versus 2011 levels. The price for John Cooper Works variants of the hardtop and convertible climb $800 to reflect the addition of a standard body kit that was optional for 2011.