Next generation of everyone's favorite British small car spied with a fabric roof for the first time.
With the next-gen Mini Cooper set to be unveiled this month, work has started on the Mini Cooper Cabrio. These spy shots show the convertible Mini in Cooper S spec while being transported in Munich, Germany. Similarities between the Cooper S Cabrio and the hatch include a hood intake, sports bumpers, and twin central exhaust, while the drop-top model sports different alloys and ditches the rear spoiler in favor of a fabric roof. Codenamed "F57," the new Mini will ride on BMW's new, front-wheel-drive "UKL" chassis shared with the upcoming BMW 1-series GT.
This new chassis will share lightweight technologies from BMW's i models and feature electronically adjustable dampers. The Mini Cooper S will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four good for 189hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The regular Mini will use a 1.5-liter turbo three-pot rated at 134hp and 162 lb-ft. Both will feature stop-start technology, direct injection, and be mated to six-speed transmissions. The Mini Cooper Convertible is expected to debut some time in 2015.