Mini has announced that the final production version of the Roadster will debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show prior to going on sale in the US in mid-2012.
It took Mini almost two years to finish the production version of the Roadster that was first introduced as a concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor show. Being 146.8'' long, 54.7'' high and 64.5'' wide, the compact two-seater is smaller than Mini's existing open-top model the second-generation Mini convertible. Unlike the four-seat sibling, the Roadster is a strict two-seater with additional cargo space behind the seats. Nominal trunk space reaches 8.8 cubic feet, which is 4.1 cubic feet more than quoted for the open-top sibling.
The Roadster will be offered with a 1.6L four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine, which comes in three versions. Mini claims that the car accelerates 0-to-60 mph in 8.7 seconds with a manual transmission, and reaches a top speed of 124 mph. In Europe the compact will also come with a 2.0L four-cylinder common-rail diesel engine, which won't be offered to the US buyers. Sharing its exterior and interior with the coupe version, the Roadster will be available with the front-wheel drive layout only. The transmission options include a standard 6-speed manual and an optional 6-speed automatic.
Pricing for the vehicle will be announced later, though the officials suggest that the base model will start at around $24,000.