MINI Roadster Concept

What’s the biggest difference between a MINI Cabriolet and a MINI Roadster Concept? I’ll tell you. It’s simple – boot space. The MINI Cabriolet only has 125 litres of boot space with the roof down, and 170 litres with the roof up. The MINI Roadster Concept? 250 litres whether the roof is up or down.

The downside is that the roof folds into the space where the rear seats used to be, making the Roadster strictly a two seater. But in reality who uses the rear seats of the Cooper and Cabriolet, unless for some reason you’re punishing a friend?

MINI Roadster Concept

In the engine department, both are powered by the JCW MINI’s engine. The 1.6 litre turbocharged engine makes 211 horsepower and 260Nm of torque, with a short overboost of up to 280Nm over a short time.

Both these cars are going into production at Plant Oxford in the UK, bringing the MINI bodytype range up to 5 now. It could soon be 6 with the addition of an SUV later.

Look after the jump for very high-res images of the Oxford twins posing together as well as “individual portraits”. I wonder which one did BMW intend to be the wilder twin as depicted in the teaser videos? The Coupe or the Roadster?

GALLERY: MINI Oxford Twins

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GALLERY: MINI Roadster Concept

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GALLERY: MINI Coupe Concept

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