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Mini's rapid new Cooper S Cabrio represents retro motoring with a touch of class

15 Jul 2005

WHETHER the Cooper S Cabriolet is merely a Mini minus its head or a ragtop worthy of the BMW heritage depends on your point of view. If you’re mad about the hardtop and don’t want any dilution of its performance then you may be disappointed. But if it’s a quality two-plus-two-seater drop-top you’re shopping for then this classless little retro number may be all you ever need.
Model release date: 1 December 2004 to 1 March 2009

Previous model

Rover Mini Convertible

Released: 1993
Ended: 1995
Family Tree: Convertible

NOW virtually forgotten by history, the 1993 Rover Mini Convertible was a special edition devised primarily for export to Japan, where the original’s popularity there regularly outstripped its UK sales, particularly once the Mini Cooper was relaunched in the early 1990s. It looked ridiculous, with an ill-fitting soft-top folded on top of the chopped rear of the car, effectively rendering rear vision totally useless. Powered by a 47kW 1.3-litre fuel-injected A-series four-cylinder producing just 95Nm of torque, it could still hit 100km/h in 12.3 seconds.

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