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MINI: MINI Cooper Convertible 2005

The MINI Cooper Convertible, the car long awaited by MINI enthusiasts, is here at last. Now those who love driving an open car will no longer have to miss out on the fun of the open-air experience at the wheel of a MINI. In July of 2004 the MINI product range is complemented by the attractive MINI Convertible.

The MINI Convertible is a fully-fledged four-seater and instantly recognizable as a genuine MINI, regardless of whether the roof is up or down.

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For the design features and proportions so characteristic of the MINI have been consistently carried over to the MINI Convertible. The steeply raked windscreen and the optimum seating position enjoyed by the driver ensure an unforgettable open-air experience when driving with the roof down. So the new model version leaves no doubt that motoring pleasure is an outstanding factor on all four seats of this uniquely popular cult car.

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The 1.6-litre engine under the bonnet delivering 85 kW/115 bhp at 6,000 rpm, does true justice to that go-kart feeling so typical of MINI. Maximum torque of 150 Nm or 111 lb-ft is achieved at 4,500 rpm. The MINI Cooper Convertible, which features a smooth-shifting five-speed gearbox, accelerates from 0–100 km/h in just 9.8 seconds and has a top speed of 193 km/h or 120 mph. Acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h is achieved in fourth gear in a mere 11.6 seconds.

In spite of this remarkable performance, the attractive MINI Convertible has a very modest fuel consumption of just 7.3 litres premium/100 km in the EU cycle, the equivalent of 38.7 mpg Imp.

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The MINI Cooper Convertible is the result of a cleverly devised overall concept comprising a high degree of functionality and optimum utilisation of space.

It is not long before the driver experiences the enjoyment of open-air driving, as the roof folds back fully automatically in a mere 15 seconds. At the push of a button, you first open the integrated sliding roof, then the entire soft roof. With the soft roof folding to the rear, the roof pillars are automatically retracted and the rear side windows move down at the same time. The intelligent Z-folding mechanism allows the complete roof to fold up in compact arrangement behind the rear seats, with no need for a tonneau cover.

The sliding roof integrated in the soft top can be opened infinitely up to 40 cm or 15¾´´ while driving, up to a speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph. Clearly, a feature quite unprecedented in the convertible market.

The MINI Convertible has a drop-down boot lid which is held in position when open by two steel cables on a spring-mounted retractor system. This allows use of the rear lid with its exterior hinges as a practical loading platform able to hold a weight of up to 80 kg or 176 lb.

The MINI Convertible is able to carry a maximum of 400 kg or 882 lb, and the luggage compartment accommodates 165 litres with the roof closed.

The MINI Cooper Convertible comes as standard with 15-inch light-alloy rims and runs on 175/65 R15 tyres. However, the car can be optionally equipped with attractive 16- or 17-inch light alloys. The 17-inch 5 star bullet light-alloy wheel developed especially for the new model variant particularly accentuates the new MINI’s sporting character.

The MINI Cooper is available in ten exterior colours, two of which are reserved exclusively for the convertible – Hot Orange and, providing a special effect, Cool Blue. For greater individual choice, the roof is available in black, blue and green. The rear-view mirror housings are finished in body colour. The optional Chrome Line exterior and interior package give the MINI Cooper Convertible a particularly sophisticated appearance.

The roll bar made of high-strength aluminium tubes is so intelligently integrated that the luggage compartment retains its full through-loading capacity when the rear seat backrests are folded down.

With an unladen weight of 1,175 kg, the new model variant is around 100 kilogrammes heavier than the tin-top version. This additional weight is due to the roof construction and the reinforced body structure.

Four disc brakes, four-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as well as Cornering Brake Control (CBC) guarantee superior directional and driving stability even in an extreme situation. Further optional active safety features are Automatic Stability Control + Traction (ASC+T) as well as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).

The line-up of standard features on the new convertible include an electrically operated roof with sliding roof function, a heated rear window made of glass, two front and head/thorax side airbags, four-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EDB), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), a runflat indicator, electrically operated exterior mirrors, electric window lifts front and rear, electro-hydraulic power steering, Park Distance Control (PDC), a rev counter, height adjustment of driver’s seat and steering column as well as remote central locking with comfort opening function.

And even with the roof down, driving in the open air, luggage compartment capacity remains a substantial 120 litres. Those who wish to get even more out of this agile little car can make use of the generous Easy Load through-loading system designed for even the most bulky of loads.

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With the roof closed, all you do is turn two levers in the luggage compartment to fold up the bottom section of the folding top and attach it in position. Then, with the rear lid open, you have very convenient access to the luggage compartment through a large opening able to accommodate even bulky objects.

And in conjunction with the rear seat backrests folding forward and fastened securely in position, luggage compartment capacity can be increased to no less than 605 litres.

Rising slightly to the rear, the waistline gives the car a powerful, performance-oriented profile accentuated by the chrome strip along the entire waistline. The steeply raked windscreen, the frameless side windows, the double roll bars behind the rear seats and the space-saving folding roof without tonneau cover round off the sophisticated appearance of this new eye-catcher from Oxford.

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The dashboard and the door linings are available in both silver and anthracite as well as in aluminium and wood style trims. Additionally, in the case of four different exterior colours, there is the option of the three-part instrument panel and door linings in the respective body colour. The MINI Cooper Convertible’s seat upholstery offers a choice of two different types of cloth, three cloth/leather combinations and three leather options.

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Thanks to a stiff body structure and an efficient restraint system comprising as standard, inter alia, two “intelligent” front airbags and two integrated head/thorax side airbags, the MINI Cooper Convertible complies with the world’s most stringent crash test standards.

Thanks to the implementation of numerous construction-related measures such as an increase in the thickness of the sheet metal of the side-sills as well as the integration of additional stiffening and reinforcement plates, torsional stiffness was increased significantly. The result is that the door-sills are also prevented from deforming in the event of a head-on collision. Moreover, the sturdy floor assembly has been additionally reinforced. All of these measures facilitate the best possible protection of occupants, even in the case of side impacts.

Should the MINI Convertible ever be involved in a rollover, the A-pillars incorporate an ultra-strong tubular steel designed to withstand high loads. And at the rear, double roll bars made of high-strength aluminium tubes, complete with integrated headrests, afford superior passenger safety.

The MINI Cooper Convertible provides a wide spectrum of optional equipment and accessories designed for individual preferences. This includes for example Xenon headlights, a TV navigation system featuring a 16:9 colour display, high quality HiFi audio systems, a heated windscreen, automatic climate control, a huge choice of light alloy wheels, a multifunction steering wheel, a rain sensor and a rear-view mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function.

The MINI Cooper Convertible will be sold chiefly in the USA, the UK, Germany and in further West European countries.

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