Earlier this year we had several sources tell us about a proposed fourth MINI model to be built as part of the 2nd generation MINI model run. Details were scarce but from what we could tell there were several ideas of what this model could be.
One of the more (seemingly) outlandish ideas was that MINI was considering a two seat speedster model as a performance halo of sorts. Small, sleek and possibly not front-wheel drive and maybe not even built in the UK, the MINI speedster would unquestionably be an interesting move for the brand.
However the one rumor that we heard mentioned from several of our sources throughout the past year was an AWD MINI of some kind. This rumor had the R58 take on the form of an AWD MINI Coupe. The styling would be overly aggressive with a raised stance for increased ground clearance. Think of it as a butch R56. Two doors, AWD, and very aggressive looking.
While we expect a plans to be formalized soon, MINI has yet to decide on a specific direction with the R58 model. We expect they will finalize the production plans of this new model by the end of this year and we could see something new and exciting roll out of the Oxford Plant about a year after the R57 Convertible’s debut in the spring of 2009.
With the final decision yet to be made that means your opinion could still matter and may still have some influence. So we’re asking our always opinionated MotoringFile readers to tell us what you want to see in the R58. Does the idea of a brand stretching speedster make sense? How about an AWD go anywhere coupe? Or maybe you want to shoot for the stars? 250hp? Lightweight? Back to basics? Lambo doors? Whatever it is, let’s hear your idea for the R58.