| 1st November 2011
Mini has revealed a new two seater convertible, named the Mini Roadster, will be added to its small car line-up.
With Mini already having a reputation for releasing cars that are slick, stylish and fun to drive, it makes sense to release a new two seat convertible - which will be the company's first in its history.
As per usual, Mini delivers with its classic racing stripe design and small, snug body. The new model will offer three different versions: Roadster, S Roadster and SD Roadster.
Each version offers a different engine with different power outputs, for example the Roadster offers a top speed of 124mph whereas the sportier S Roadster offers a top speed of 141mph.
Aside to these three versions there will also be a fourth offered which will be a lot more performance based than the other three. This is called the Mini John Cooper Works Roadster and will offer 211 brake horse power and a top speed of 147mph.
All of the engines offered are petrol, except for the SD Roadster which is a diesel.
Each of these versions comes with different levels of equipment, which including some modern gadgets such as digital radio, climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.
Emissions-wise the Mini Roadster's best performing engine is the diesel SD Roadster with emissions from as little as 118g/km. With this figure being under 120g/km, drivers will be exempt from first year's payment of road tax in the UK - an impressive achievement from a sports car.
With the downfall of most roadsters being practicality, Mini has designed the soft-top to deliver maximum boot space. Its 240-litre boot comes with a fold-down tailgate for easy access.
The new Mini Roadster will be arriving in UK showrooms nest spring and prices will start from £18,015.