Preview IAA Frankfurt: Mini Coupe Concept

Pete Mait

Exactly 50 years ago on 26th August 1959, the classic Mini first saw the light of day. The IAA in Frankfurt now presents the latest development – a prototype of the Mini Coupe Concept. This two-seater is 3.71 metres long, 1.68 metres wide and just 1.35 metres tall. Of lightweight construction, it has an aluminium roof which brings down the overall weight and optimises the vehicle's centre of gravity. It has a four-cylinder engine delivering 211 horsepower and presents the same face to the world as the four-door version. The only slight change is the flatter inclined windscreen. By dispensing with a rear bench seat, the designers have increased luggage capacity to a respectable 250 litres. So that owners can make best use of this space, there is a decent-sized tailgate that opens wide. The same goes for a further prototype due to go on show at Frankfurt – the Mini Roadster Concept. We will follow developments with interest...