MINI recently launched a coupe version of their popular compact hatchback. The 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe is offered in three variants, the base Cooper Coupe, Cooper S coupe, and the hardcore John Cooper Works Coupe (JCW). All three come with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. A six-speed automatic is also available for the Cooper S Coupe and Cooper Coupe.

The design of the Cooper Coupe is more daring than the hatchback variant. The most striking part is its "helmet roof" and the active rear spoiler, the latter receding when speeds dips below 59 km/h.It is the first two seater in the MINI line up, promising even better dynamics than the hatch versions.

The entry-level engine produces 121 PS at 6,000 rpm, allowing the Cooper Coupe to run from 0-100 kilometers per hour in 8.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 204 kph. The S Coupe and JCW Coupe add a twin-scroll turbocharger, boosting power for the S to 181 PS at 5,500 rpm while the JCW Coupe has 208 PS at 6,000 rpm. The S coupe sprints from 0-100 kilometers per hour in 6.5 seconds, and the JCW Coupe needs just 6.1 seconds.

What do you think of the latest addition to the Cooper line-up?