The two most anticipated cars from MINI enthusiasts are currently taking shape deep within Munich at MINI Design. The MINI CoupÃ© and Roadster promise not only a sportier look but a sportier driving experience than any similar MINI product before them. And the best part? Both will be coming in within 18 months.
First up will be the R59 MINI CoupÃ© coming in August of 2011. The R59 will launch in MCS and possibly even JCW form initially (if the JCW model isn’t available at launch it’ll come shortly thereafter). MINI will be marketing the car as its most focused and hardcore product yet while highlighting the unique and personal design.
Next up is the R58 Roadster arriving at a dealer near you in March of 2012. We expect the same line-up of MCS and JCW available at launch (or shortly thereafter with the JCW).
Both cars will sport a redesigned front and rear facia and unique hood designs. Currently MINI is looking at several designs ranging from an Aston like look with the running lights placed closer to the corners. It’s all in an effort to make the two cars unique in design from their Hatch and Convertible siblings.
However has one more surprise in store for the CoupÃ© which we’ll tell you about soon.
We expect to see final product versions in March at Geneva. Look for testing mules to start showing up this summer lapping the ‘Ring, driving through the desert and dicing it up in Munich traffic.