The R50/R52/R53 era is just a few weeks away from being officially over. The current MINI convertible (last of the R5x architecture) will be ending production in late June. That means ordering the last of the Tritec era MINIs will end just a few weeks before that. MINI expects convertible stock to be at near normal levels through the summer but to dwindle quickly through the fall.
The next generation R57 MINI convertible (based on the R56 and featuring a number of convertible specific improvements detailed in previous articles) will begin production this winter with sales to start in March of 2009.