Production has started at BMW’s Plant Oxford of the new MINI Coupé. The first ever car was a lightning blue Cooper S and will be used for training dealers and mechanics in advance of customers taking delivery of their cars on 1 October.
The MINI Coupé is the fifth body style available from the British brand and, in spite of the looks, has the biggest bootspace in the MINI range — larger even than the far from mini MINI Countryman five door soft-roader.
But the emphasis of the Coupé is sport rather than practicality and the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé, with 208bhp, has the fastest acceleration and top speed of any Oxford-produced MINI to date. It will be joined by a soft-top Roadster with similar looks early in 2012, with power units for both new models shared with the regular MINI range.
As with all MINIs, a wide range of accessories and personalisation choices will be available. Prices for the Coupé start from £16,640 and dealers are taking orders right now.