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Mini drops its top


Here at Autodealer we really do like the latest Mini and in particular, the Mini S, although we do have a special place in our hearts for the JCW version, but more on that later.

We’ve received information that Mini has released a convertible version of the Mini S and with our glorious South African summers we are keen to know more about this drop-top pocket rocket.

The exterior is unmistakably Mini and features a precise balance between top-class elegance and sporty flair. Some noticeable design features include the classic Mini circular headlamps and rear lights with chrome surrounds, hexagonal radiator grille and black peripheral body trim around the wheel arches. The roof is a high quality textile soft top with a fully automatic opening and closing mechanism, as well as a sliding roof function. The opening and closing of the soft top and side windows happens in just 18 seconds and it’s also possible to open while travelling at speeds of up to 30km/h.

Under that stubby little bonnet one will find a 141kW four-cylinder engine, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed Steptronic gearbox. There’s also an extensive range of Minimalism technology as standard. This includes optional Mini Driving Modes, which differ between Green mode for efficiency-optimised driving and Go-cart mode for enhanced driving fun.

The new Mini JCW Convertible is the top athlete in the segment of open-top small cars and it looks to offer thrilling performance qualities and extrovert charisma. Distinctive drive and suspension technology has been developed based on well-established motor racing expertise. The body design has also been optimised for better cooling and aerodynamic values.  It features the most powerful engine in the Mini portfolio: 170kW and 320Nm come courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. The JCW will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.6 seconds.

If cruising along with an unlimited amount of head room is your thing, then the stylish new range of Mini convertibles is something you should look at. We’ll be at the local launch soon so keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for more information.

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