It appears that the MINI Roadster and Coupe failed to achieve their sales target, as BMW will replace them with a new model that will look like a stand-alone sports car. The new car will use the next MINI’s front-drive architecture and will be sold as a coupe and as a convertible.
Regarding the design, the new model will only retain company’s key styling cues such as the round headlights and the well-known grille, but the rest of the car will be completely different.
If the new MINI will get downsized petrol- or diesel-powered 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engines, the new F58 and F59 sports cars will receive bigger four-cylinder powerplants.
The rest of the new sports car’s layout will be mechanically similar to the upcoming MINI hatch and will run on the same chassis architecture and using similar suspension layouts, steering hardware and transmissions.
The new sports cars could be launched by the end of 2015 or probably in 2016. More details to be revealed.