Official: 2009 Mini Cooper Cabrio unveiled

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

The new MINI Cabrio, with its design enhanced in a progressive process and coming with broader range of useful functions, is distinctly MINI. Outfitted with the most current and refined suspension technology, even more potent and cost-effective engines, and with maximized safety technology, the latest variant of the top-down four-seater MINI without fail elevates its strengths and qualities to an even more advanced level.

All the while keeping excellent speed and handling which is characteristic of the MINI. Additional touches of elegance and refinement are supplied by an assortment of 12 extremely arresting colors on top of the latest equipment highlights.Offered for the first time is automatic air conditioning with Cabrio mode that functions to deliver a steady set temperature under the influence of wind when the top is down.

Offered also is the smooth incorporation of external music players, a USB interface and Bluetooth hands-free communication system, properly fitted to the Apple iPhone. Lastly, but by no means the least, the MINI Cabrio merges an excellent mixture of materials of superior quality and finishes to improve its unique position.

The Passengers of the latest MINI Cabrio are safely protected from the elements by the first-rate soft roof that comes with an incorporated sliding function. The soft roof can fully fold back even while speeding at 30 km/h, this it achieves totally automatically from start to finish within a meager 15 seconds, providing the latest MINI Cabrio its true function and value.

The Cabrio is a car simply pleading for open air driving at all times the year, demonstrating this challenge to the driver through the completely unique Always-Open Timer beside the RPM counter. This unparalleled device shows the driver and passengers their time spent driving top-down, encouraging them to truly enjoy the excitement of open air driving as often as possible.

Through the Easy-Load Function, the rear-seat backrest folding down independently on both sides in addition to the unusually large trunk access between the luggage and passenger section, the latest MINI Cabrio provides excellent everyday driving characteristics. The baggage section receives an increased capacity of 125 liters (an addition of 5 liters) with an open roof, 170 liters (plus 5 liters) with a closed roof, and 660 liters (plus 55 liters) with a folded rear-seat backrest.

This unique adaptability in the Cabrio category has become possible through the ground-breaking structural design and creation of the rollbar. The latest MINI Cabrio is equipped with a rollbar made of a single piece located at the back of the rear seats which extends across the whole interior breadth of the vehicle, and does not get in the way the driver's line of sight when looking at the back, and can automatically move up into position in about 150 milliseconds, in case there is a need for it.

With two engine versions, the latest MINI Cabrio will be available for sale in the second quarter of 2009. From the onset, the MINI Cooper Cabrio provides sporting qualities with its 1.6-liter 4-cylinder powerhouse highlighting totally adaptable valve management for peak yield of 88 kW at 6,000 rpm.

On the other hand, the MINI Cooper S Cabrio is even more vibrant and performance-focused, its 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine comes with a Twin-Scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection generating 128 kW at a rev speed of 5,500 and therefore offering a significantly stimulating sensation of potency and active performance. Compared to its predecessors, the MINI Cabrio's fuel utilization and CO2 discharges are effectively lowered by up to 19 percent. At the onset, both the MINI Cooper S Cabrio and the MINI Cooper Cabrio are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission presented as typical or 6-speed automatic transmission as optional.

The latest MINI Cabrio's attractive handling originates from its suspension technology considerably improved and up-rated above the previous version. Due to its refined wheel suspension, tremendously defined electromechanical power steering, the potent braking system and DSC Dynamic Stability Control offered as typical, the top-down MINI merges superior speed with similarly commendable all-around safety.

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