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Mini Roadster Launch

Recently House and Leisure was invited to attend the launch of the new MINI Roadster, the newest and youngest addition to the MINI family. Always a fan of the MINI philosophy and the brand’s endless innovation, we were excited to find out what novel additions and changes had been made to their latest model. The Roadster, as you can deduce from its name, is first and foremost a sports car, distinguished by only having two doors and a racy, polished interior. Of course, its effortless power and speed also stand out, making it one of the most comfortable, sure-footed cars to drive on the open road. Our route took us along the beautiful coastal road just outside Cape Town, which passed through Gordon’s Bay, past Rooiels, into the sleepy hollow of Kleinmond, and back through a scenic part of the Cape Winelands. These windy roads and long stretches of tar gave us ample opportunity to put the new MINI’s features to the test. As the brand’s 6th model and its very first open-top two-seater, it definitely has something special to add to the MINI legacy. These cars have undeniable vigour and are available with a choice of three powerful petrol engines, ranging from the MINI Cooper Roadster (90 kW), and the MINI Cooper S Roadster (135 kW), to the top performer, the MINI John Cooper Works Roadster (155 kW). Teamed with sophisticated chassis technology and a low centre of gravity, you can count on unparalleled handling agility. There are also several active and passive safety features that enhance the driving experience: Electric Power Steering with speed-sensitive power assistance, and Dynamic Stability Control come as standard, making those slippery roads and tight corners that much more manageable. In addition, each Roadster is fitted with roll-over bars behind the seats, front and head-thorax airbags, and an extremely rigid windscreen frame for optimised protection. There is also an active rear spoiler, which extends automatically once the car reaches 80 km/h, which makes the car more aerodynamic. Its other big attraction is the classical soft-top roof that opens and closes quickly and easily, ensuring open-air driving pleasure wherever you go. Although many have the perception that the MINI is small and compact, the Roadster has a 240-litre load compartment, adding a feeling of spaciousness and mobility. Some other top-quality standard features include:

  • Air conditioning (in the MINI Cooper S Roadster and MINI John Cooper Works Roadster)
  • Electrically adjustable exterior mirrors
  • Park distance control
  • Height-adjustable seats
  • An audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection
Other options like xenon adaptive headlights can also be added for a more individual look. Techno-geeks will also fall in love with the Roadster’s connectivity features which include the various MINI Connected infotainment and communications functions. Say for instance you want to go online, access your music, open your contacts book, or find out where you are via GPS, this can all be done at the push of a button. Our drive was only interrupted for a delicious lunch at the divine eatery, Dear Me, in Cape Town’s CBD. After a decadent feast we were eager to test the new MINI’s power one last time as we set off to our final destination. It was a day of much excitement and everyone agreed that this zippy little MINI number is perfect for any trendsetter who likes to get out onto the open road, while enjoying the ultimate in safety and comfort. Recommended Retail Price in Rand: (including VAT but excluding CO2 emissions tax) MINI Cooper - 6-speed manual: R295 000 MINI Cooper S - 6-speed manual: R349 000 MINI John Cooper Works - 6-speed manual: R397 000 For more information visit Text: Kim Grové