Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Marcus De Guzman | posted May 06, 2016 12:20
Mini takes the roof off in new Convertible Cooper
A new premium two-door soft-top is now in the country after Autohub Group, the official distributor of Mini cars in the country, recently launched the 2016 Mini Convertible at their Bonifacio Global City dealership. First revealed back in October 2015, the Mini Convertible carries over the go-kart handling of the hatchback, along with the free-spirited feel of open-top motoring.
Mini's newest member of the family sports an electronically-powered soft-top that can be deployed in as little as 18 seconds. It can even be activated while on the move of up to speeds of 30 km/h. It even has a sliding roof function wherein the middle portion of the soft-top can open up, acting like an open sunroof. In an event of a rollover, the Mini Convertible also comes with a fully-integrated rollover protection which protects the passengers.
In terms of design, the 2016 Mini Covertible features the same styling cues from the current generation F56 Minis. It gets large hood-integrated headlights with daytime running lights, signature grill, chrome fixtures on the greenhouse area, tailights, fuel cap and door handles, 17-inch alloys wheels wrapped in Michelin Primacy tires and center-mounted dual exhaust pipes.
Size-wise, the new convertible now measures 3,821mm long, 1,727mm wide and 1,415mm tall. With it, Mini claimed the car is now 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than its predecessor. In addition, its wheelbase has been extended by 28mm, allowing for better interior and cargo space.
With the roof up, the trunk can store about 215 liters of luggage and 160 liters if the roof is deployed. Loading area, on the other hand has been increased by 8mm.
Under the hood, the Mini Convertible will be available with two engines. The Cooper S is driven by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-four that puts out 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the front wheels via 6-speed automatic gearbox. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 7.1 seconds while top speed is achieved at 228 km/h.
Driving the John Cooper Works variant is a tuned 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo that cranks out 231 PS and 320 Nm of torque. It is also mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox which allows the car to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Top speed is rated at 239 km/h.
Available extras for the 2016 Mini Convertible include: Park Distance Control, Mini Heads-up Display, Driving Assistant System, Reverse Camera, LED headlights and foglights and the Mini Excitement Package that provides LED ambient lighting and puddle lamps.
2016 Mini Convertible pricing:
Mini Convertible Cooper S A/T – PhP 3,150,000
Mini Convertible John Cooper Works A/T – PhP 3,950,000