As previously reported MINI will be launching the new (R56 based) R57 MINI convertible around the spring of 2009. While the top will largely be a carry-over of the existing design, the car will feature one big improvement. Gone will be the stationary roll-hoops and in their place a pop-up roll-bar system as seen on the 1 and 3 series BMW convertibles.

Also unique to the convertible will be an “always open” guage which will measure the percentage of miles driven with the top open. The idea is that it will encourage owners to live the “always open” lifestyle MINI marketing has created for this car.

For more information be sure to click over to our R57 section.