MINI Roadster Concept la Frankfurt

Autor: Cosmin Iordache acum 10 ani Concepte auto

REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT: The MINI Roadster
Concept.

MINI Roadster Concept: fresh ideas for an intense driving
experience.

MINI evokes new fascination and a wonderful new experience time and
again. For each model in the range offers unique opportunities to
enjoy supreme driving pleasure and unmistakable style.

Now the MINI Roadster Concept once again sets a new trend for
individual mobility borne out by the brand. A purist vehicle
concept, elegant design and fascinating, sporting driving
characteristics all come together in this unique car to offer the
vision of an open two-seater catering for the demands of a modern
and self-confident target group.

The new concept car carries over the features typical of MINI to a
new segment, the MINI designers thus bringing out yet another
attractive facet in the character of the brand. So the world debut
of the MINI Roadster Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show will
add a new perspective to the future of the MINI brand, presenting
yet another great path of development.

The MINI Roadster Concept takes up features typical of the brand
and re-interprets these unique strengths in a refreshingly new
manner. Individual style, premium quality and a perfect match of
driving pleasure and efficiency just right in this day and age
determine the character of this compact two-seater. And through its
design alone, the MINI Roadster Concept reflects the focus on
maximum driving pleasure with nothing but the sky above.

The MINI Roadster Concept is clearly recognisable at very first
sight as a MINI. At the same time, with its two seats, a
tight-fitting soft roof and innovative rear-end design, the new
model opens up new perspectives both in the context of the brand
and in the segment of compact roadsters.

MINI Roadster Concept: making every trip a new
experience.

Spontaneous pleasure is the stronghold of the MINI Roadster
Concept. The car offers everything it takes to provide a truly
emotional experience also on short trips – and at the same time it
urges the enthusiast to escape the driving conditions encountered
so often in city traffic.

Deliberately limited to two seats and optimised for weight, the
concept clearly shows its uncompromising agility right from the
start. Its stylish look and the high-quality interior ambience give
this two-seater truly exclusive character, such innovations alone
enabling the concept car to aggressively meet the future challenges
of modern mobility.

The existing range with all its diversity already proves the
exceptional potential of the brand in a most impressive manner. The
MINI, MINI Clubman and MINI Convertible are already
well-established in the market as unique characters, embodying the
driving pleasure so typical of the brand in individual style
different on each model.

Ongoing enhancement of the model portfolio has already enabled MINI
to reach additional target groups, with the popularity of the brand
constantly increasing over the years. Now the MINI Roadster Concept
provides new options to enjoy the agile handling, premium quality
and individual flair of the MINI in a new, truly unique and
unprecedented manner.

From the start the concept car naturally considers the
possibilities to use the advanced engines available in the MINI
range – engines which stand out through their dynamic power and the
efficient use of fuel. The superior efficiency of the engines is
indeed combined from the start with a whole range of further
efficiency-oriented technologies created as part of the BMW
EfficientDynamics development strategy and featured by MINI as
MINIMALISM to guarantee enhanced driving pleasure on even less fuel
and lower emissions.

To achieve a high standard of sporting performance, the MINI
Roadster Concept might possibly be powered by the 1.6-litre
twin-scroll turbocharged engine already featured in the MINI Cooper
S. Boasting direct gasoline injection, this superior power unit
delivers maximum output of 128 kW/175 hp and peak torque of 240
Newton-metres/177 lb-ft increasing briefly with the Overboost
function to an even more superior 260 Newton-metres/192
lb-ft.

With its spontaneous and direct response and smooth surge of power,
this outstanding engine offers everything it takes to boost this
open two-seater directly to the top of the compact roadster market,
making it a supreme performer right from the start.

Fifty years of MINI: strong tradition, promising
future.

Presentation of the MINI Roadster Concept in the anniversary year
of the brand combines a retrospective view of the brand’s highly
successful history with the great appeal of the current model range
to offer a wonderful outlook into the future. Introduction of the
classic Mini fifty years ago hailed the advent of a revolutionary
vehicle concept destined for ongoing fame and popularity for
decades to come. Now the current models in the MINI range interpret
the traditional values of the brand in modern style, setting the
standards for driving pleasure, premium quality and individual
flair in the small car segment. And as a vision demonstrating the
ongoing flexibility of this unique character, the MINI Roadster
Concept clearly presents the exceptional potential of the brand
both today and in the future.

The innovative body configuration of the MINI Roadster Concept is
combined with the modern drive technology of the current MINI
models as well as the features of the brand developed over years
and decades. Hence, the study is the result of an ongoing
development process opening up attractive options also for the
years to come.

Exterior design: unique proportions, style and the power of
expression so typical of MINI.

The body design of the MINI Roadster Concept visualises the
identity and innovative power of the brand in a truly fascinating
combination. The strong family resemblance is borne out above all
at the front end of the car through numerous details typical of
MINI and through styling features characteristic of the brand as a
whole. At the same time the individual look of this unique
two-seater is just as unmistakable, created by new and different
proportions as well as the innovative design of the rear end.

An integrating factor bringing all models together is the design
language so typical of MINI, to be admired on both the elements
characteristic of the brand and on new, innovative features. In its
design, the MINI Roadster Concept is therefore refreshingly
different but nevertheless comes with all the flair and style so
well-known on the MINI. So in an incomparable manner this concept
car expresses the ability of MINI design to bring out extroverted
style with class and sophistication.

The new two-seater measures 3,714 millimetres (146.2″) in length
and 1,683 millimetres (66.3″) in width. Height of the car is 1,356
millimetres or 53.4″.

These dimensions, together with the special contours of the rear
end, provide truly unique, sporting and dynamic proportions. At the
same time, again reflecting the typical look of the brand, the MINI
Roadster Concept comes with extra-short body overhangs front and
rear accentuating the athletic stature of the car and alluding even
at a standstill to the unique handling characterised by thrilling
agility and lauded as that unparalleled go-kart feeling.

The front end is the same as on the MINI Convertible all the way to
the A-pillars, while the windscreen is strikingly low and raked to
a greater angle. Particularly with the roof opened to the back,
this clearly brings out the purist openness of the car.

A short luggage compartment lid forms the rear panel behind the
roof folding up into compact dimensions and providing convenient
access to the luggage compartment separated from the passenger
compartment. With the roof closed this gives the car a notchback
look clearly distinguishing the MINI Roadster Concept from the MINI
Convertible. Unlike the production model, therefore, the body of
the concept car follows the so-called three-box philosophy.

Familiar resemblance at the front.

The front view of the MINI Roadster Concept comes with all the
characteristic features also borne out by the four-seater models in
the brand. Smoothly balanced contours on the engine lid with large
and equally smooth radii, large headlights, the homogeneous design
of the radiator grille and a wide air intake at the bottom create
that special look so typical of MINI, an expression of openness and
flair.

Looking at the car from the front, however, you immediately realise
a significant difference from the MINI Convertible, the windscreen
both lower and raked to a greater angle giving the MINI Roadster
Concept a very different look also from this perspective. The car
is strikingly low and stands out clearly as a particularly sporting
representative of the MINI brand.

The hexagon radiator grille and the large round headlights are
unmistakable design elements re-interpreting their counterparts on
the classic Mini in new, modern style. The direction indicators are
integrated in the headlights, with the new three-dimensional
surrounds for the positioning lights and the foglamps directly
below.

While on the MINI Roadster Concept the chrome radiator grille is
the same as on the MINI Cooper S, the inner section of the grille
comes with bars in body colour at first sight distinguishing the
MINI Roadster Concept from the other members of the MINI family. A
further point is that the bonnet stripes continue into the radiator
grille to provide an additional sporting feature.

The engine lid with its particularly striking curvature bearing
reference to the power unit within, as well as the stylised
opening, are again the same as on the particularly powerful and
fast version of the MINI already lauded for its performance.

Powerful side view, tight-fitting soft roof.

An attractive combination of design features typical of the brand
and brand-new highlights also characterises the side view of the
MINI Roadster Concept. The front side panels come directly from the
MINI Convertible, just as the diagonal body joint so characteristic
of every MINI between the engine lid and the side indicator
surround again in the same style as on the MINI Cooper S provides
an unmistakable sign of distinction with historic roots. The
classic Mini was characterised here by a visible welding seam on
the body.

The short, low-angle A-pillars merge gently into the roofline with
the roof closed, while the glazed part of the passenger cell
referred to as the greenhouse is a lot smaller than on the current
production models. This provides a strikingly low silhouette
clearly emphasising the superior sportiness and performance of the
car.

The high waistline accentuates the powerful character of the car
even more than on the current production models. In conjunction
with the large wheels and the black stripe extending round the body
at the bottom, this creates a particularly compact look, the
muscular surfaces on the body and the powerful stance of the car on
the road alluding from the start to a very intense and extremely
agile driving experience.

Both open and closed, the concept car clearly stands out as a
roadster, boasting an attractive waistline slightly rising up to
the rear and retaining its linear from even with the roof
open.

The passenger compartment limited to two seats is protected
whenever required on account of wind and weather by a high-quality
textile roof reduced in its dimensions to an absolute minimum. The
distance between the windscreen frame at the front and the rear end
of the roof behind the seats is deliberately kept to a minimum,
with the soft roof merging smoothly into the body. The low seating
position for the driver and front passenger nevertheless guarantees
generous headroom at all times.

The soft top on the roadster opens and closes manually in a simple
process taking only a few seconds thanks to the compact dimensions
of the roof. The decision not to give the car a power roof not only
reduces the weight of the MINI Roadster Concept even further, but
also adds to the puristic flair of the car: This two-seater is an
uncompromising companion for the enthusiast with an active
lifestyle, ensuring maximum driving pleasure under all conditions
in close interaction with the driver.

Innovative rear-end look in the design language typical of
MINI.

The soft roof of the MINI Roadster Concept rests low down in
compact arrangement when open behind the seats, merging smoothly
and harmoniously with the straight waistline rising up slightly all
the way to the rear end of the MINI Roadster Concept. When closed,
on the other hand, the contours of the roof from a roadster-like
roofline merging into the low rear end beneath the rear
window.

The rear view is characterised by innovative design features
clearly originating from the design language so typical of the
MINI. The side sections, rear air dam and luggage compartment lid
all come together to form a smooth and harmonious sculpture not
only boasting the cascading style so typical of the brand, but also
taking up existing elements in a new, unique look.

Increasing step-by-step in width from top to bottom, the rear view
of the MINI Roadster Concept gives the car a particularly powerful
stance on the road also from this angle, the wide track symbolising
the strong grip of the wheels for supreme agility, a particularly
sporting style of motoring, and safe handling at all times.

The rear light clusters surrounded by wide chrome frames in their
upright arrangement are also typical of the brand. The design of
the wheel arches and the horizontal flow of the rear panel at the
top, on the other hand, take up the design language already to be
admired at the front.

In its breakdown and configuration, the rear air dam again shows a
clear resemblance to the structure of the front air intake,
featuring a diffuser split up into two elements for a smooth and
swirl-free flow of air beneath the car.

Impressively functional: large storage space and
through-loading to the passenger compartment.

The unusually large and generous luggage compartment beneath the
short rear end in typical roadster style offers lots of space for a
car of this kind. Deliberately creating the car without a rear seat
bench, the designers of the MINI Roadster Concept offer additional
options to take along even large and bulky objects in the luggage
compartment, thus optimising on the benefits offered by a compact
roadster with this concept.

With the soft roof of the MINI Roadster Concept resting directly
behind the seats, luggage capacity remains the same at 250 litres
or 8.8 cubic feet with the roof both open and closed. And thanks to
the low sill, loading the luggage compartment even with heavy and
bulky objects is very easy and convenient.

Like the soft roof reduced in size to a minimum, the extra-large
luggage compartment is the result of the roadster concept
implemented consistently on the car. At the same time the
function-oriented design of the new model in typical MINI style
provides a range of carefully conceived features setting also the
regular production models from MINI clearly aside from their
competitors in the market.

This principle borne out on the current production models by
features such as the Easy-Load function on the MINI Convertible
makes a lasting contribution to the superior substance of the car.
The result is a whole range of innovative solutions quite unique in
this segment and underlining the premium character of the MINI
brand.

On the MINI Roadster Concept these features include through-loading
from the passenger compartment to the luggage compartment quite
unique on such a compact roadster, the bulkhead between the
passenger compartment and the luggage compartment incorporating a
lockable opening. This gives the driver and passenger the
opportunity to reach their travel utensils in the luggage
compartment while driving, keeping bags with, say, beverages, a
music CD or maps safe but readily accessible at all times.

Consistent safety concept: stable body structure and
rollbar moving up instantaneously when required.

Consistent consideration of occupant safety right from the start in
developing the MINI Roadster Concept again underlines the
particular quality of this concept car, the safety features
provided following the safety technology already developed for the
MINI Convertible.

The MINI Roadster Concept therefore comes with an exceptionally
strong and stable body structure, the stiff passenger cell,
high-load bearing elements and precisely defined deformation zones
including crash boxes at the front serving to smoothly divert and
absorb impact energy. At the same time the concept car boasts a
particularly stiff floorpan as well as extremely strong A-pillars
and side-sills.

Occupant safety in the event of a rollover, obviously a particular
challenge in an open car, has also been given special consideration
in the comprehensive safety system developed for the MINI Roadster
Concept, a full-size rollbar moving up instantaneously whenever
required from behind the headrests, thus following the same
philosophy presented for the first time on the MINI
Convertible.

This single-piece aluminium bar spanning the entire width of the
interior and moving up electromechanically when required within 150
milliseconds, together with the reinforced windscreen frame,
provides maximum occupant safety as part of the passenger cell. In
its resting position the rollbar does not extend beyond the
headrests, thus not obstructing the driver’s visibility to the
rear. And designed as a single-piece element, the rollbar allows
full integration of the through-loading connecting the luggage
compartment and the passenger compartment.

Interior: elegant and sophisticated ambience with exclusive colours
and materials.

The MINI Roadster Concept simply begs the driver and passenger to
enjoy spontaneous driving pleasure with nothing but the sky above.
The powerful flair of the exterior and the soft roof opening and
closing quickly and conveniently with one single movement of your
hand gives this concept car particular appeal and wonderful driving
qualities.

The MINI Roadster Concept therefore addresses in particular a young
and modern target group wishing to enjoy the full pleasure of
driving in the open air as part of their active lifestyle, showing
their appreciation of a premium car and the individual style of the
MINI brand.

The sophisticated character and quality of this two-seater is
clearly expressed not only by the harmonious and typical design of
the exterior, but also by the high standard of craftsmanship,
high-class materials and an exclusive range of colours within the
interior.

Wide-opening doors offer the driver and passenger convenient access
to the interior where they will enjoy sports seats with ample,
high-quality padding in Lounge leather. A three-spoke leather
sports steering wheel complete with multi-function buttons ensures
smooth steering even in tight bends and on winding roads, as well
as safe and easy operation of the car’s audio and communication
functions. All other control elements are arranged ergonomically
for convenient use, taking the frequency of their operation into
account.

The breakdown of the cockpit, the dashboard and centre console all
follow the particular style of interior design so typical of MINI.
Horizontal lines and air vents positioned far to the outside
accentuate the sheer width of the dashboard and, at the same time,
the generous look and dimensions of the interior. The slender
centre console, in turn, offers the driver and passenger maximum
legroom and freedom of movement, while the structure of the door
panels now follows a new interpretation with the main elliptic
element fully closed.

The rev counter on the MINI Roadster Concept again comes directly
behind the steering wheel, with the speedometer forming part of the
central instrument in the upper section of the centre console.
Well-known as the Center Speedo, this striking instrument also
comprises the audio system as well as the car’s entertainment and
navigation functions.

The MINI Roadster Concept comes with a multi-functional display in
the cockpit enabling the driver to choose the information
presented. Placed to the left of the rev counter, this display
serves among other things to inform the driver exactly down to the
last minute how long he has been driving with the roof down, thus
providing the same function as the Always Open Timer already
featured on the MINI Convertible today.

This additional instrument is activated as soon as the driver
starts the engine and completely opens the soft top of the
car.

Apart from the Always Open function, this control instrument comes
with five further indicators again typical of MINI, combining the
driving pleasure of the MINI Roadster Concept with sustainability
and a feature typical of the MINI Community: The Nature Guard
function tells the driver how efficiently he is driving at the
moment and whether the position of the gas pedal is appropriate for
the speed at which the car is travelling and the gear selected. At
a glance, therefore, the driver can see how to save fuel.

Should the driver wish to enjoy maximum performance, on the other
hand, the Highspeed Shifter gear indicator tells him when and how
to use the maximum power of the engine.

Supplementing this performance program, the Gravity indicator
presents the lateral forces, g-forces and the direction of
acceleration acting on the driver and the car.

Heart Beat, to present the next example, visualises the speed of
the engine by referring to the human heart beat as a yardstick: The
more sporting the driver’s style of motoring, the faster the heart
will beat.

Buddy Radar, finally, is a MINI Community feature showing the
driver where other MINI drivers are currently out on the road
nearby the MINI Roadster Concept.

The colours and materials within the MINI Roadster Concept clearly
symbolise the exclusive style of the car and a strong focus on
quality. Wooden interior trim and carefully selected colour
highlights on the door linings and seat upholstery, for example,
provide specific contrasts to the interior kept discreetly in
black. At the same time the sporting elegance of the interior is
additionally accentuated by the piping on the leather seats and the
Chrome Line finish.

New standard of go-kart feeling thanks to the optimisation of
weight and modern suspension technology.

With its current model range, MINI already sets the standard for
driving pleasure going far beyond the small car segment. And now,
in its purist form, the MINI offers all the character of an agile
performer with supreme handling in bends and on winding roads. The
MINI Clubman and MINI Convertible, in turn, combine the unique
handling so typical of the brand with their own distinctive
features and qualities.

Powerful engines and suspension technology far superior in the
small car segment ensure a unique driving experience under all
conditions, front-wheel drive, powerful disc brakes on all four
wheels, the front axle with McPherson spring struts and a central
arm rear axle with aluminium longitudinal arms and anti-roll bars
providing the foundation for unparalleled safety and agility on the
road.

EPS Electronic Power Steering with speed-related power assistance
enables the driver to steer precisely through bends, providing
consistent feedback on road surface and driving conditions. At the
same time on-demand variation of power assistance helps to make the
car even more efficient. Equipped with this kind of modern
drivetrain and suspension technology, the MINI Roadster concept
would be perfectly suited to provide a new and very appealing
rendition of that go-kart feeling so typical of the brand. Doing
without a fixed roof and introducing appropriate body
reinforcements instead, the shift in weight on the car enhances its
agility to an even higher standard. This, in turn, noticeably
reduces body movements and optimises the car’s steering behaviour
in bends.

Traditional values, modern quality, future-oriented
concept.

Practical qualities, sporting talent and a high standard of
all-round economy have helped to ensure the popularity of the brand
over no less than five decades. Representing the epitome of modern
lifestyle, this small car has indeed become an outstanding success
the world over.

Through all these years and decades MINI has re-invented itself
time and again, always remaining faithful to its underlying
philosophy. The anniversary year is therefore the ideal time to
present the MINI Roadster Concept as yet another look into the
future of the brand. This, therefore, is the vision of a sporting
two-seater combining sophisticated design and exclusive features
with spontaneous driving pleasure under the open sky and the
uncomplicated enjoyment of premium motoring.

The traditional values of the brand also help to give the MINI
Roadster Concept its unmistakable character, modern drivetrain
technology providing further opportunities to combine an even
higher level of performance with efficiency optimised to a new
standard. At the same time the innovative concept of the car caters
for the challenges of the future, offering a clear focus on both
driving pleasure and all-round quality. So where less is more, the
MINI Roadster Concept is a supreme rendition of purist design,
offering style and enthusiasm of the highest standard

Mini Roadster ConceptMINI
a prezentat iniţial
MINI Coupe Concept
, un prototip care prefaţa o extindere a
gamei MINI în zona sportivităţii. Responsabilii de comunicare au
făcut însă pe misterioşii şi au lăsat să se înţeleagă că ar mai fi
vorba de un concept înrudit cu primul, fără să dea vreun indiciu
folositor, ci doar nişte
teasere video
.

Iată însă că, în prima zi oficială a Salonului de la
Frankfurt
, MINI rupe misterul şi ne prezintă MINI Roadster
concept, care se înfăţişează foarte aproape de forma de serie.

Ca şi conceptul Coupe, MINI Roadster Concept pare
identic cu modelele din gama actuală, de la rama inferioară a
geamurilor în jos
. Modificările notabile sunt date de
scurtarea parbrizului şi de arcuirea sa mai accentuată.

Cel mai mic roadster bavarezDar,
spre deosebire de actualul MINI Cabrio, s-a renunţat la bancheta
din spate, nu foarte practică oricum, rămânând doar o maşină sport
cu două locuri. Această modificare a arhitecturii va avea însă două
mari plusuri. În primul rând, portbagajul a mai câştigat
ceva spaţiu şi, în al doilea rând, maşina va beneficia de o
rigiditate îmbunătăţită
, datorită mutării celor două roll
bars într-o poziţie mediană.

În interior au apărut modificări la ceasurile de
bord
. Simpaticul, dar puţin utilul Open Meter (cel care
arată câte ore ai petrecut cu pletele în vânt) a fost înlocuit de
un ecran multifuncţional capabil să afişeze mai multe funcţii.
Printre noile sisteme se numără Nature Guard (care-ţi spune cât de
eco conduci), High Speed Shifter (la cât să schimbi pentru putere
maximă), Gravitiy Indicator (forţele laterale şi gravitaţionale),
Heart Beat (viteza afişată sub forma unei inimi pulsând) şi, cel
mai simpatic, Buddy Radar (reperează dacă un alt MINI este prin
preajmă).

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