Mini has just released official photos and details of their new and stylish 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe, the automaker's first production two-passenger car and fastest stock MINI ever. The MINI Coupe is also the brand's first model that adopts a three-box body structure that's combined with its stepped rear end in the classic style of a Gran Turismo: a sporty, flat silhouette. There's no question it's a MINI with the familiar design language and styling that's now synonymous with the brand.
However, it's clear this thing is meant to be a true driver's car. It will be offered in three familiar trims: base Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, and the John Cooper Works Coupe. The standard engine for all three is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that's mated to a six-speed manual. A six-speed auto is optional for the S and base Coupe. The entry-level Coupe has 121hp and 118 lb-ft of torque and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 127 mph. The S and JCW add a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct-injection, with the S turning out 181hp and 177 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm through 5,000 rpm.
There's also a temporary boost function that produces 192 lb-ft from 1,700 rpm through 4,500 rpm. It can go from 0 to 60mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 142 mph. The JCW produces 208hp and 192 lb-ft of torque from 1,850 rpm to 5,600 rpm. Overboost again pushes torque to 207 lb-ft from 1,700 to 4,500 rpm. 0 to 60 mph happens in just 6.1 seconds and top speed is 149 mph. Official pricing has yet to be announced, but the Mini Cooper Coupe is expected to be in dealerships in the very near future.