Both the Coupe and Roadster are two-seaters are designed with enthusiastic drivers in mind - the Coupe revealed in pictures earlier this month gets power from the JCW Mini's 1.6-litre turbo engine, so boasts 211hp, while the Roadster gets the less frenetic turbo unit from the Cooper S.
The Roadster looks a little less extreme than the Coupe from a styling perspective, but Mini has made an effort to distinguish it from four seat Cabrio models with extended overhangs at the front and rear. The Roadster has a manually operated fabric roof, and the rear deck conceals a traditional boot that Mini says is uncharacteristically large for the segment. Because the roof folds into a separate area behind the seats, luggage space is undiminished with roof up or down.Roll-over protection is provided by a single aluminium hoop that pops up in moments of crisis.
The two new model launches co-incide with a big push by Mini in the US, where it has announced plans to extend its network by 20 percent to 100 outlets.