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MINI Coupé Concept

Turbocharged Coupé to inspire later models

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BMW has released the first pictures of its MINI Coupé Concept, which will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, exactly 50 years since the original Mini was presented to the public on August 26, 1959.

The model, which has been designed to give the public a glance at the form and function that future MINI models may take. The two-seater is designed to be the most dynamic and agile MINI ever built, and incorporates lightweight construction.

Up to the windows, the MINI Coupé Concept, is not greatly different from any other MINI I have seen, resembling the new MINI Cooper S in all its styling. From the start of the window’s upwards however the car has greatly unique styling for the MINI range.

The short, low, lightweight aluminum-alloy roofline ends in a built-in spoiler atop a sloping tailgate, giving the coupé feeling. Other subtle changes with the flaring, wing mirrors, and front spoiler give the MINI Coupé Concept a more aggressive edge.

The interior of the concept has all the right sporty cues, such as the racing bucket seats and a three-spoke leather steering wheel with multi-function controls. ‘A pair of Chronoswiss clocks each side of the rev counter provide a close link to earlier MINI concepts and are intended to bridge the gap between the analogue age of the classic Mini and the digital age of new MINI. One acts as a stopwatch and the other a standard timepiece’ as described by MINI.

The engine will be a John Cooper works 1.6-litre turbocharged unit developing 211bhp, and 40.9mpg. Combine this with the light weight body and its clear that the car won’t be afraid to move when needed.

On show at the Frankfurt motor show, expect the MINI Coupé Concept to be a popular stand.