Based on several exclusive sources the forthcoming MINI Roadster will feature a fully manual top. Unlike the MINI Convertible the Roadster will go old-school with a top that’s operated simply by unlatching and folding down by hand.

So what’s the benefit? Weight reduction is a big one. As is mechanical simplicity. But also this should help with cost. Yes the Roadster will cost more than the Convertible but lower the raw material cost of the car should help MINI keep prices down a bit more.

Look for the Roadster to make it’s public debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show and be at dealers later in the spring.