We’ve had quite a few questions from readers lately asking about the upcoming new MINI convertible (code-named the R57). While we already know pretty much all there is to know about the new car, we thought we’d review some of the high-points for those who may have missed our previous reports.
New Color choices
When the R57 goes on sale next spring it will receive an exclusive color much like the launch of the R52 convertibles in the latter half of 2004. Like the R52 the MINI convertible will get two new colors to call its own; one metallic and one a non-metallic. The non-metallic addition to the line-up will be called Interchange Yellow.
It’s a non-metallic yellow/green that’s almost the same color as a hi-liter pen but not quite so luminous. Also something to note, it’s the same color that will be used on the upcoming electric MINI’s mirror caps and roof.
Along with this new yellow, the R57 will also mark the return of Space Blue as an exclusive color for the convertible.
Finally to round-out the new colors choices, the R57 will get an optional brown canvass top to go with Hot Chocolate (currently an exclusive color on the Clubman).
The Roll-bar Goes Away
The R57’s top design will be a slightly updated version of the current R52 convertible with a larger glass rear window. Also making itâ€™s debut is a pop-up roll-bar system that will take the place of the current vision robbing set-up. The system will be similar to the one found in the 1 and 3 Series BMWs.
Always Open Gauge
Also unique to the convertible will be an â€œalways openâ€ guage which will measure the percentage of miles driven with the top open. The idea is that it will encourage owners to live the â€œalways openâ€ lifestyle MINI marketing has created for this car. The gauge will be located to the side of the rev-counter.
JCW for the R57
The R57 convertible will be available as a factory JCW from day one. It will also be available with the dealer installed JCW engine kit.
As previously reported the R57 will go on-sale in Spring of 2009. We’ve heard an exact time-line of March but that could always slip a week or two. Expect the launch to happen worldwide with the Cooper, Cooper S and JCW models with a diesel Cooper to eventually follow.