Two Types of MINI Convertibles
There are actually two kinds of MINIs with tops that go down, and three models of each. All are now on sale at Braman MINI in West Palm Beach. The MINI Cooper and Cooper S Roadster is a two-seater version of the legendary MINI, while the MINI Cooper and Cooper S Convertible has four seats. Both have the typical MINI ‘go kart’ handling, with the standard, entry-level Cooper model and the higher-performance Cooper S version. The cars are essentially the same, except for the number of seats. Here we’ll be focusing on the 4-door Convertible model.
Convenience and Safety Features of the 2014 MINI Convertible
The two-door body style and soft-top roof of the MINI Convertible deliver unique proportions, sleek lines, and truly individual style. An electrohydraulically-powered soft top with sliding roof function comes standard, and allows the driver to open and close the soft top in 15 seconds, even while the car is in motion, up to 18 mph. The standard Openometer is a special feature that records the time spent travelling with the roof down.
The high-quality, wind-tight and durable soft-top material stretches tautly across the aluminum and steel roof bars, and resists significant changes in shape or bulging, even at high speeds. The rear window is connected to the soft top by interior seals, allowing it to close flush with the surface of the roof. Made of glass, the rear window may be heated electrically whenever required to avoid any misting or icing effect.
The electromechanically-operated Active Rollover Protection Bar situated behind the rear seats, is activated by the car’s central safety electronics in the event of a rollover. The single-piece rollover protection bar runs across the entire width of the car just below the rear headrests, offering the driver unrestricted visibility to the rear and sides of the car.
Performance and Fuel Economy of the 2014 MINI Convertible
The MINI Convertible includes three 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine options. The MINI Cooper produces 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, while the MINI Cooper S boasts 181 hp and 177 lb-ft respectively (192 lb-ft with overboost). The John Cooper Works model produces 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque at 1,850 – 5,600 rpm (207 lb-ft with Overboost at 1,700 – 4,500 rpm).
The MINI Cooper Convertible accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds. The turbocharged MINI Cooper S, which accelerates to from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, while the John Cooper Works Convertible makes the jump from 0-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. The MINI Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works Convertible are all equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic transmission available.
EPA fuel consumption estimates for the Cooper Convertible are 35 mpg Highway / 27 City / and 30 Combined, while the Cooper S Convertible is rated at 35 Highway /26 City / 29 Combined mpg, and the John Cooper Works estimates are 35 Highway / 26 City / 29 Combined mpg.
Braman MINI in West Palm Beach carries all the MINI Convertibles, as well as the full range of MINI vehicles. In addition to the MINI Convertible, the all-new generation of Cooper Hardtop is on sale at Braman MINI. View our specials and inventory today!