2012 Mini Roadster revealed, goes on sale in North America mid-2012

The 2012 Mini Coupe is just heading into showrooms and the brand has now just dropped the first details and images of the new 2012 Mini Roadster. The sixth model in the Mini lineup is the first drop-top (manually opening) two-seater in the company’s history and will go on sale in North America in mid-2012.

The 2012 Mini Roadster measures 146.8 inches in length, 64.5 inches in width and 54.7 inches in height. That makes it just .1 inches shorter, 1.9 inches narrower and 1 inch lower than the Mini Cooper Cabriolet. The size will definitely help enhance the go-kart feeling of a Mini with the assistance of electric Power Steering and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) as standard, DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) with EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) optional (standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster); roll-over bars in polished stainless steel;  and an active rear spoiler that extends automatically at 50 mph.

Standard features include Mini Yours options and Sport Stripes, speed-sensitive steering assistance, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, Park Distance Control, air conditioning (MINI Cooper S Roadster, MINI Cooper SD Roadster, MINI John Cooper Works Roadster) and audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection. Optional features include  black headlight housing, xenon Adaptive Headlights, Comfort Access, automatic climate control and the Always Open Timer; wide range of entertainment and communications options: Harman Kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system, MINI navigation system, MINI Connected features including Driving Excitement app, web radio, Google services, RSS news feeds, Mission Control, and in-car use of Facebook and Twitter.

The 2012 Mini Roadster is available in 4 variants including Mini John Cooper Works Roadster, Mini Cooper S Roadster, Mini Cooper Roadster and Mini Cooper SD Roadster. Only the first three models will be available in the United States.

Hit the jump to see the specs on the full 2012 Mini Roadster lineup.

MINI John Cooper Works Roadster: 1.6 liter 4-cylinder with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology making 211-hp at 6,000 rpm with a peak torque of 192 lb-ft between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm. 0 to 62 mph comes in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 147 mph.

MINI Cooper S Roadster: 1.6 liter 4-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo technology making 184 hp at 5,500 rpm with maximum torque of 177 lb-ft between 1,600 – 5,000 rpm (192 lb-ft with Overboost at 1,730 – 4,500 rpm). 0 to 62 mph comes in 7 seconds with a top speed of 141 mph.

MINI Cooper Roadster: 1.6 liter 4-cylinder making 122-hp at 6,000 rpm and 118 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. 0 to 62 mph comes in a 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 124 mph.

Mini Cooper SD Roadster: 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology making 143-hp and 225 lb-ft. 0 to 52 mph comes in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 132 mph.

– By: Omar Rana