Coupé Concept by MINI

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Car brand MINI will launch a coupé concept car at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (Frankfurt Motor Show), which opens tomorrow in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new coupé design combines the front of the MINI ­Cooper S and front side-panels from the mini Convertible, with a low slope at the back.

The car has two seats and a large luggage compartment.

The motor show opens tomorrow and continues until 27 September.

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Here's some more information from MINI:

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MINI Coupé Concept: a vision of concentrated driving pleasure.

The MINI Coupé Concept brings together a wide range of features for a truly sporting and ambitious style of motoring.

Intentionally limiting the passenger compartment to two seats and focusing on consistent lightweight construction, the very concept of this unique car specifically addresses the demands made of a particularly dynamic and active coupé. At the same time the low roofline, a precisely defined spoiler at the rear, and further aerodynamically optimised features all serve to improve both the performance and the efficiency of the car.

Both in its design and in the opportunities to use a truly powerful engine, the MINI Coupé Concept sets the ideal foundation for a compact sports car in the premium segment. This two-seater study is conceived from the start also for the most powerful engine currently available in a MINI: Featuring the 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine carried over from the MINI ­John Cooper Works, the concept car is able to offer supreme performance in every respect.

This four-cylinder delivers maximum output of 155 kW/211 hp and peak torque of 260 Newton-metres/192 lb-ft increasing briefly under Overboost to an even more significant 280 Newton-metres/206 lb-ft.Exterior design: typical MINI look with individual character.

In its body design, the MINI Coupé Concept spans the entire range from the beginnings of the MINI’s history far into the future of the brand, highlighting both the unique looks of the concept and its membership in the MINI family. Through its individual and emotional design language alone, the MINI Coupé Concept also promises a particularly impressive driving experience.

This unique two-seater measures 3,714 millimetres/146.2" in length and 1,683 millimetres/66.3" in width. The height of the car is 1,356 millimetres/53.4". Through these dimensions and its athletic proportions alone, the MINI Coupé Concept at very first sight stands out as a truly compact and powerful performer for all occasions.

The unmistakable look of the front end comes straight from the four-seater MINI, well-balanced contours with large radii on the engine compartment lid, the large headlights, the homogeneous sweep of the radiator grille and the extra-wide air scoop at the bottom offering the mimicry typical of every model in the range, full of openness and sporting appeal.

The radiator grille and engine compartment lid on the MINI Coupé Concept are the same as on the MINI ­Cooper S. The inner section of the grille ­nevertheless comes with trim bars in body colour clearly distinguishing the car from all other models in the MINI family.

The bonnet stripes also continue into the radiator grille, providing an additional sporting touch. Through its lower and even more streamlined windscreen, the MINI Coupé Concept shows its striking character and unique look from the very beginning also from this perspective.

The front side panels on the concept car come straight from the MINI ­Convertible. Similarly, the diagonal body joint between the engine compartment lid and the surrounds of the side direction indicators reflecting the style of the MINI Cooper S and characteristic of every MINI offers a unique sign of distinction.

The well-known look of these design features forms a stylish contrast to the far lower rake of the A-pillar leading into a completely different and very innovative roofline.

The glazed section of the passenger cell referred to as the greenhouse is far lower and more slender on this new model than on the regular models in the range.

The MINI Coupé Concept features a low and dynamic windscreen merging softly and gently into the roof, while at the rear the roofline initially moving back above the heads of the driver and passenger in a straight line tapers out into a sturdy and muscular C-pillar.

Throughout the entire car, the roof contours show an unmistakable bridge design feature to be admired for the first time on a MINI, made up of a stable cornerstone formed by the C-pillars and the more filigree structure above the passenger cell.

At the same time the side view of the MINI Coupé Concept shows a clear-cut wedge shape as if the car were constantly pushing ahead with all its muscle and power.

The rear-end design of the MINI Coupé Concept seeks to optimise the flow of air essential in terms of both driving dynamics and the efficiency of this unique two-seater. The rear spoiler with its wing profile fitted at the same level as the C-pillars makes a particularly significant contribution to the smooth flow of air at the rear of the MINI Coupé Concept and, at the same time, stands out as a genuine optical highlight.

The rear window of this two-seater elegantly tapering out to the bottom of the car merges in typical coupé style into a short and low rear end with just a hint of a notchback.

Again, this particular design follows the overriding objective to ensure an optimum flow of air without any turbulence or swirl possibly harming the car’s aerodynamic qualities. The spoiler right at the back of the car comes with appropriately sharp and clear-cut contours.

Impressively functional: tailgate opening up wide, lots of luggage space.

A further highlight is the special construction of the tailgate on the MINI Coupé Concept.

Intentionally doing without a rear seat bench, the body of this two-seater obviously offers additional space for all kinds of luggage. Luggage capacity, therefore, is no less than 250 litres or 8.8 cu ft. To make optimum use of this potential, the MINI Coupé Concept comes at the rear with a large and wide-opening tailgate.

Pivoting above the roof spoiler, the tailgate swings high up together with the rear window, offering convenient access to the extra-large luggage compartment behind the seats of the car. The bulkhead between the passenger and the luggage compartments, in turn, comes with a lockable opening.

The colour scheme and the choice of materials within the MINI Coupé Concept clearly symbolise the classic sportiness and unique character of the car. Like the instrument panel, the roof lining of this unique two-seater comes in black providing a calm ambience and helping the driver to concentrate on the actual driving experience. Black trim bars in conjunction with a carbon interior trim help to additionally enhance the purist look of the car.

  • http://www.architectus.lt Rokas

    The interior design seems very poor…

  • Will

    Probably great to drive but pointless concept and ugly.

  • http://- Olivier

    It’s a MINI Toupét :D

  • http://elianatomas.blogspot.com/ Eliana

    Sorry Mini, but you look like a Tuning Kid.
    Mini essence is lost…

  • modular

    Don’t know me.. but I got lost here.

    Doesn’t look like a Mini. Doesn’t look like a sports coupé either. It’s a mix of both worlds that went completely mad and…. just wrong.

    They kept the same dull interior. The back window just doesn’t seem right.

    I don’t know. I wouldn’t buy this. The essence is gone.

  • Beheld

    Pimp my Mini :)

    Great car, looks like a front from the back, so you can drive it both ways…

    no seriously, this is one bad looking concept. Its not proportional, the front is ok, the roof also, the worst are the hips over the back wheels (just look at the side photo and 3/4 back photo), they are not aggressive as you expect from sporty cars, instead they are slim and stretched into the ass of the car.. not attractive at all.

  • Arden

    BMW should use the concept on 1 and 3 series, where it was/is succesful, but the mini should be transformed that way.

  • http://jjohnson.carbonmade.com Jeremiah

    The Mini is an icon, and this is just not carrying it through. Minis are supposed to be small and boxy, coupes are not. Its like oil and water, they just don’t mix.

  • http://www.the-fake-sartorialist.blogspot.com The Fake Sartorialst

    Even though I love the design, I just cant imagine how anyone taller than 1.5meters will be able to fit into it.

  • Ladzono

    It doesn’t look like MINI should look, I wouldn’t buy it…

  • shreyank

    my favorite car just got better……………………………….how better can it get?…

  • INawe

    I think it looks great considering its an exercise in giving the mini a sportier little brother. As for the interior you can tell they haven’t changed anything because of the allocation of money for design. I think the designer of the bmw z3 was quite successful overall and looks ready for production.

  • bagelwithcreamcheeseplease

    love the textural appearance of the paintwork. it looks like this cat i used to talk to through my computer speakers. it was funny stuff. i would talk to this cat and it thought i was in the computer. funny no?! yeah x)

  • http://www.designbeats.wordpress.com Designbeats

    I dont like it at all!

    It doesn’t look like a Mini, mine is a 1275 GT from 1973, and thats a real mini!
    Since when a mini is coupé?

  • Amanda

    I actually prefer it to the ‘new’ standard BMW Mini. I know the trend is for modern interpretations of design classics, with the Beetle, Mini and Fiat 500 all getting a new lease of life, but so far, the only one to capture the original spirit is the new 500. The Beetle is just wrong and the Mini doesn’t have an ounce of charm of the original.

    I applaud BMW for designing this, I love it and wish they’d put it into production. It’s just such a fresh perspective on the whole Mini ideal and more true to the original spirit than the current version.

  • Al Ire

    The Mini has been a great looking car for ages because of its pared down to the essential elements design. That simplicity is still evident on the lower body of this concept car; however the upper cab looks like it was assembled from Nike tennis shoe parts.

    The interior seems to be more busy too.

    At least they didn’t supersize it as unfortunately seems to be the trend these days with car models.

  • http://aisthetike.tk/ MARTIN

    Esta muy bueno el diseño ,muy bonito ….Pero creo que es una lastima la perdida de la linea tradicional en la parte posterior del auto .y me queda una pregunta ¿es aun un Mini o es otro auto?

  • http://arsitekbali.blogspot.com Ananda Dimitri

    In general I like it. But it’s look too heavy for small car like this, and the base too close to the ground

  • ysue

    i think the design looks great. its a mixture of sport and ‘an old car’ concept. creatively done. however the color on the inside looks kinda dull. the brown should blend more the the grey? good job though!

  • http://www.clonic.ru Clonic

    Unless it is possible to make the racing car less Mini? It turns out it is possible. Mini Coupé the-machine for rich kiddies.

  • Amit

    A travesty. The point of the original Mini, and what made it so popular in the first place was the very poignant fact that it was an everyman’s car.
    It was affordable and available to most people, truly a marvel of concept, design and simplicity.

    This, and the other BMW models have stripped the mini of that beloved persona when they elevated its status to the chic floor.

    RIP my dear mini.

  • Jim

    The minis original form could be maintained because of lower safety regulations. BMWs iteration couldnt possibly be as small, light, and cheap because it requires more safety equipment, and frankly the shape of it isnt that efficient by todays standards.

  • http://wearetol.com Barton Smith

    very cool. sits well from the front 3/4 and side. i think the back can look a bit busy though in some shots, others not so bad. maybe its the stripes (which i dont like). feel some connection with the astra coupe from the side for some reason…

  • DooleyBoy

    Ok look your complaining that its not what a mini is supposed to look like and takes away the character well if its the character of the old mini you want then buy the old mini. this is a different car but with mini heritage, i think it looks stylish, new, modern and something that young people would buy. personally if i had the money i would buy something more practical but thats not what any mini has ever meant to be, some just turned out that way but its still a cool funky car. i understand that everone thinks differently but if you are to be soo naive as to disclose this concept (and remember its only a concept) thenyour just too narrow minded and wont accept new, fresh ideas. i admit the interior looks a bit wierd but different styles will change that. well done to all for accepting this car for what it is