Mini set to launch Coupe model in 2011

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Dec 1, 2010
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The boys in Mini are reportedly busy preparing for the revelation of the production prototype of the Mini Coupé Concept, which was first announced in August 2009 (see photos of the concept car in the gallery below).

MotoringFile.com said the Mini Coupé is currently being tested around Germany. It will also be tested in BMW's Environmental Test Center, which can simulate various weather conditions ranging from negative 30 degrees to over 45 degrees Celsius.

The tests are being done in preparation for the Mini Coupé's debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The report added that the Mini Coupé will have a fully-functional spoiler that's electronically deployed when the car reaches over 80kph. It's not confirmed, however, if the Mini Coupé production prototype will be equipped with the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine from the John Cooper Works variants.

The Mini Coupé will also be 150lbs lighter despite being structurally more rigid than the standard Mini Cooper.

The Mini Coupe will be offered as either a Cooper S variant or the range-topping John Cooper Works model, MotoringFile.com added, with the overall shape of the production prototype carrying over most of the concept car’s design.

Do you think the backwards baseball cap look of the Coupé's roof, which polarized many Mini fans, will also be carried over to the production prototype?

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