Will Coupe make it a famous five?

The MINI Coupe is the fifth member of the family.

ENID Blyton eat your heart out, there’s another famous five on the scene!
First that was the MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman… now there’s another member of the family, the MINI Coupe.
The fifth model in the series, the Coupe brings MINI’s funky attitute and laissez-faire attitude to a new type of customer.
The Coupe’s objective is simple — take the thrill of being behind the wheel to the max! Those who enjoy driving to the full are granted their wish with a blend of handling and agility unrivalled in the small car sector.
Each and every facet of the Coupe — from the engine choice, chassis set-up and aerodynamics — aims to deliver the best possible performance. And to prove that, the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe is the nippiest and fastest mass market MINI to date.
The are four offerings in the Coupe range and all go on sale from October 1. MINI customers can expect a very high standard of equipment as standard – DAB radio, air con, park distance control, alloys, leather sport steering wheel and sporty stripes on the body. But for those wanting a little more, there is a wide range of accessories available.
MINI’s tlc servicing packages, offering five years or 50,000 miles of carefree motoring for £249, are also available. Or for £275 the tlc XL package extends the cover for eight years or 80,000 miles.
The body shape is stunning and highly original in the compact sports segment, but still looking unmistakeably a part of the MINI stable.
Apart from the body shape, the Coupe has plenty of innovations under the skin, too. The car is separated into three segments — engine bay, cabin and boot. The lower height and stepped rear end make the car look more aggressive and forward thrusting. The car looks good at any angle, utilising wrap-around glass and raked windows. This results in better aerodynamics.
Air flow is boosted by an integrated spoiler on the roof and an active spoiler housed in the bootlid, which pops into action when the Coupe reaches 50mph.
The dash of the Coupe will be familiar to MINI fans, with its large circular speed and other switchgear.
A spacious luggage area (280 litres) is larger than that of the Clubman and the high-opening tailgate makes loading easier.
The Coupe’s power plants are the latest BMW Group four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Outputs range from 122hp/90kW in the Cooper Coupé to 211hp/155kW in the flagship John Cooper Works Coupé. The performance Cooper SD diesel engine is also available and the line-up is completed with the Cooper S which offers 184hp/135kW.
Fuel consumption ranges, on the combined cycle, from 39.8mpg in the John Cooper Works Coupe to 65.7mpg in the Cooper SD.
One model sure to prove popular is the Cooper SD, which offers the best fuel economy, lowest emissions and highest torque in the Coupe range.It reaches 62mph in less than eight seconds and can go on to reach 134mph.

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