It is often said that all Minis are equal, but some Minis stand above the others. One particularly representative example of this is the Mini Roadster, keep reading to learn more about it.
The Mini Roadster is an interesting and particularly quirky take on the brand’s iconic Cooper flagship. The fact of the matter is that a Mini is still a Mini despite the variants of engines or body styles. That said, many have fallen in love with the brand because of what it stands for and simply because of how much fun they can be to drive. It is also true that some Minis are just a bit more likeable than others; something many are saying is particularly true in the case of the Roadster. Produced between 2012 and 2015, it is available today as a used car and here’s everything you need to know about it.
Sufficiently Powerful and Pleasurable to Drive
Thanks in part to the much-loved and rightfully praised standard six-speed manual transmission, many consider the driving experience a genuine pleasure. It was beautifully engineered to allow the driver to harness all of the 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque generated by the Roadster’s 1.6-litre, direct-injection, twin-scroll turbo 4-cylinder engine. There’s also a six-speed automatic available for those who want it, but it entails going for the higher-powered Cooper Coupe and Cooper S Coupe trims. Even the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works edition comes with a manual transmission only, making the task of utilizing its 208 horsepower that much more entertaining. The Roadster also comes with front-wheel drive, which is standard and works well in the majority of driving situations.
A New Design Concept at Its Day
The Mini Roadster is a two-door, two-seater that had a few firsts associated with its name when it initially arrived on Canadian shores in 2012. It was the first model in the family to be manufactured with the “three-box” design concept, all the while boasting a styling that was distinctively Mini. In other words, the Roadster was divided into three separate segments, which encompassed the engine compartment, passenger compartment and boot. Adding to its undeniable road presence where also its flat silhouette and helmet roof. An aerodynamic profile, wide stance, low centre of gravity and lightweight configuration all meant that the Roadster was among the fastest in the lineup straight out of the box.
Features and Facts
A sport-tuned suspension coupled with short-throw gears, a well-balanced steering wheel, 17-inch twin blade spoke alloys and wide tires meant that the drive of the Roadster was nothing short of glorious. Its cabin is very cozy despite only providing seating for two. A large tailgate can be opened high and wide for the purpose of fitting all the gear you can’t squeeze in beside you. No need to worry if you need to fit longer items inside either, as the trunk also has a through loading facility.
Superbly Fun and a Great Buy
Everything previously mentioned speaks about just how fun it is to spend time cruising around in the Mini Roadster. It is a worthy and reliable companion as well when it comes to serving both as a city and long distance commuter. One of the best things about it, particularly when it comes to urban driving conditions, is that its size allows it to be parked pretty much in any parking space. Its peppy persona further amplifies its overall charm, which combines with the driving experience to result in a truly great value for money vehicle that is the Mini Roadster.