New Mini Cooper S Convertible Makes Nurburgring Debut

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It's dropped more camo since our last look at the new Mini Cooper facelift.

To keep the model range looking fresh until the next-generation version arrives, Mini is planning to give the Cooper another facelift. This may seem too soon considering the Mini Cooper was updated for the 2019 model year with a minor facelift, but the next-generation Mini Cooper will arrive later than planned due to Brexit and the disruption caused by the global pandemic.

Last month, we got our first look at the updated Mini John Cooper Works Convertible and Cooper S Convertible. Now, our spies have caught Mini testing the new Cooper S Convertible at the Nurburgring.

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Compared to our last sighting, this prototype has lost some of the camouflage, but the front and rear fascias are still covered up. Despite the camouflage, we can see that the front bumper looks more aggressive and the air intakes are larger than the current model's.

The grille also looks slightly larger and the side vents have been tweaked. At the back, the rear bumper has been redesigned but the taillights look identical to the current model's. However, the reverse light will reportedly be placed above the exhaust pipes, which is where the fog lights are found on the current model.

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Inside, the cabin will most likely be updated with a new digital dashboard from the electric Mini Cooper SE and Mini John Cooper Works GP. We aren't expecting the new Mini Cooper S Convertible S to get any upgrades under the hood, so expect the current model's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to carry over.

In the current model, this unit produces 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and is paired with either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Mini hasn't hinted when the facelifted Cooper range will debut, but now that the camouflage has started to drop it should arrive later this year.

This will also be the last time you'll be able to buy a droptop Cooper, because the Mini Cooper Convertible is being discontinued after the current model generation.

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