Detroit’s wintry weather in January isn’t exactly the ideal climate for convertibles, but that’s not stopping the folks at Mini. The automaker announced new production-spec 2012 Mini Roadster, pictured here in Cooper S form, will officially make its public debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.
Unsurprisingly, the Mini Roadster bears a close resemblance to the 2009 concept of the same name – and, for that matter, the Mini Coupe, which is now rolling into showrooms across the country. Although the car shares its 97.1-inch wheelbase with the conventional Mini Convertible, the Roadster eschews four-passenger seating in favor of a low-cut, rounded roof, a rakish windscreen, and an extended decklid with a double-bubble tonneau cover. Mini alleges this sportier styling appeals to shoppers who desire something like an Audi TT or a Porsche Boxster, but may not have the means to bring one home.
Like most other Mini models, the Roadster is available in three different forms: Cooper, Cooper S, and the wicked John Cooper Works. Base Cooper models utilize a 121-hp, 1.6-liter I-4, while the Cooper S boasts a turbocharged version of that same engine that’s rated at 181 hp. The JCW model goes a step further, packing 208 hp into a vehicle that tips the scales at roughly 2600 pounds.
Stay tuned to Automobile Magazine, as we’ll have a more in-depth look at the new 2012 Mini Roadster later this morning.