Η BMW έδωσε σήμερα στον τύπο φωτογραφίες και λεπτομέρειες για το νέο MINI Cooper Cabrio που θα βγει στην παραγωγή το 2009.

Από πλευράς κινητήρων η BMW εφοδίασε το MINI με 2 κινητήρες. Έναν ατμοσφαιρικό 1.600-αρή απόδοσης 120 ίππων που θα τοποθετηθεί στην έκδοση MINI Cooper Cabrio και έναν, επίσης 1600αρη, υπερτροφοδοτούμενο αυτή τη φορά, απόδοσης 175 ίππων για την έκδοση MINI Cooper S Cabrio…

Ο χώρος αποσκευών έχει αυξηθεί κατά 5 λίτρα σε σχέση με το προηγούμενο μοντέλο. Μπορεί βέβαια να μην είναι αρκετά μεγάλη αλλαγή, αφού με κλειστή την οροφή το MINI έχει μόλις 170 λίτρα διαθέσιμα.

Το αυτοκίνητο θα προσφέρεται με στάνταρ 6-τάχυτο κιβώτιο αλλά υπάρχει και η επιλογή αυτόματου 6-τάχυτου κιβωτίου. Η BMW υπόσχεται βελτιωμένη οδηγική συμπεριφορά σε σχέση με το απερχόμενο μοντέλο, λόγω της νέας επανασχεδιασμένης ανάρτησης, το νέο ηλεκτρο-υδραυλικό τιμόνι και το επανασχεδιασμένο σύστημα πέδησης.

Το νεό MINI έχει πολλά gadget στην λίστα του. Έτσι μας δίνει την δυνατότητα να τοποθετήσουμε μέσω της USB θύρας του, mp3 players κτλ, να μιλάμε άνετα με το κινητό μας τηλέφωνο μέσω του Bluetooth συστήματος που διαθέτει, να είναι συμβατό με την σειρά Iphone/Itouch/Ipod της Apple και πολλά άλλα.

[Via : BMW]

Press Release

Consistently Open: The New MINI Cabrio

With its design improved in an evolutionary process and with an even wider range of practical functions, the new MINI Cabrio is unmistakably MINI. Equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated suspension technology, even more powerful and efficient engines, and with optimised safety technology, the new version of the open-air four-seater MINI consistently raises its strengths and qualities to an even higher level. And all of this whilst maintaining superior agility and go-kart handling, typical of MINI.

There are 12 highly attractive colour variants as well as new equipment features that add an additional touch of style and class. Automatic air conditioning with Cabrio mode is available for the first time that serves to provide a consistent set temperature under the influence of wind when the roof is opened. Also available is the seamless integration of external music players, a USB port and Bluetooth hands-free telephone system, suitably compatible with the Apple iPhone. And last but certainly not least the MINI Cabrio combines a supreme blend of quality materials and finishes to enhance the unique position of the MINI Cabrio.

The occupants are safely protected from wind and weather in the new MINI Cabrio by the high-quality soft top with its integrated sliding roof function. Even while driving at a speed of up to 30 km/h, the soft top folds back fully automatically in a complete process within just 15 seconds, giving the new MINI Cabrio its true purpose and quality: This is a car simply begging for driving in the open air at any time of the year, symbolising this challenge to the driver through the optionally available, absolutely unique Always-Open Timer next to the rev counter.

This unprecedented instrument shows the driver and passengers the time they have spent driving with the roof down – motivating the driver to really enjoy the thrill of open-air motoring as frequently as possible.

The new MINI Cabrio offers outstanding everyday driving qualities through the Easy-Load Function, the rear-seat backrest folding down individually on either side, as well as the unusually large through-loading between the luggage and passenger compartment. Luggage compartment capacity has increased to 125 litres (+5 litres) with the roof open, 170 litres (+5 litres) with the roof closed, and 660 litres (+55 litres) with the rear-seat backrest folded down.

This variability, quite unique in the Cabrio segment, is made possible by the innovative design and construction of the rollbar: The new MINI Cabrio comes with a single-piece rollbar behind the rear seats extending across the entire interior width of the car, not obstructing the driver’s line of visibility in any way when looking to the rear, and moving up automatically in just 150 milliseconds, in the event this safety feature is required.

The new MINI Cabrio will enter the market during the second quarter of 2009 with two engine variants. The MINI Cooper Cabrio offers sporting qualities right from the start with its 1.6-litre four-cylinder power unit featuring fully variable valve management for maximum output of 88 kW at 6,000 rpm.

The MINI Cooper S Cabrio is even more dynamic and performance-oriented, its 1.6-litre four-cylinder with a Twin-Scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection delivering 128 kW at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm and thus providing a particularly refreshing feeling of power and dynamic performance.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on the new MINI Cabrio are reduced by up to 19 per cent compared with the cars’ respective predecessors.

From the start the MINI Cooper S Cabrio and the MINI Cooper Cabrio are available with a six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard or optional six-speed automatic transmission. At the same time the new MINI Cabrio owes its fascinating handling to suspension technology significantly enhanced and upgraded over the former model. Indeed, thanks to sophisticated wheel suspension, extremely precise electromechanical power steering, the powerful brake system and DSC Dynamic Stability Control featured as standard, the open-air MINI combines supreme agility with equally exemplary safety all round.

MINI Cooper S Cabrio:
Four-cylinder petrol engine with Twin-Scroll turbocharger and
direct fuel injection.
Capacity: 1,598 cc, max output: 128 kW/175 hp at 5,500 rpm.
Max torque: 240 Nm from 1,600-5,000 rpm (260 Nm with Overboost).
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 7.4 sec, Top speed: 222 km/h.
Average fuel consumption: 7.2 litres/100 km,
CO2 rating: 171 g/km.

MINI Cooper Cabrio:
Four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve management based on
the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.
Capacity: 1,598 cc, max output: 88 kW/120 hp at 6,000 rpm.
Max torque: 160 Nm at 4,250 rpm.
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.8 sec, Top speed: 198 km/h.
Average fuel consumption: 6.1 litres/100 km,
CO2 rating: 145 g/km.