This week’s Auto Express has more on the rumored MCS lightweight. However being that this is Auto Express, it’s important to take some of it with a grain of salt. Here’s an excerpt:

It was revealed by Auto Express in issue 830, and prototypes of the car are reportedly being put through final tests. MINI legend John Cooper Garages is said to be helping develop a new 225bhp 1.6-litre engine.

Our spies say the two-seater will make extensive use of lighter materials in its construction. Production will be strictly limited, and could be as low as 2,500 units. The newcomer is designed to refocus interest in the current MINI line-up in preparation for the launch of the next-generation car, due in 2006. It’s believed the Speedster will offer a totally new driving experience, and it’s expected on sale early next year.

You can read the entire article here:

[ MINI’s Wild Speedster is a Go ] Autoexpress

MotoringFile Analysis: Not sure if you can really call this a scoop since most of this information has been reported on MINI2 and MotoringFile over the past few months. And I’ll go further and say and I doubt this car will be a convertible. It would seemingly go against the point of a hardcore lightweight performance car not to mention what it would do to the price.

What do you guys think? Would you be more or less likely to buy an MCS ‘lightweight’ speedster than a hardtop?


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