2012 MINI Coupe spy shots
Earlier this week we brought you some of the first spy shots of the 2012 MINI Coupe JCW, and now we have the model it's based on: the standard Coupe. Even the Coupe spied here bears the inlet on the hood marking a turbocharged engine, however, potentially leaving the door open that this is the Coupe S, and a naturally-aspirated Coupe could follow.
At the concept's launch at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, MINI left the issue of engines up in the air: the concept featured the 211 horsepower JCW mill, but whether we'd see a typical S and base model for the Coupe wasn't clear. Given the Coupe's aesthetically higher sporting pretensions, and the attendant buyer base, it might make sense to skip the 120-horsepower base model altogether.
Either way, the model pictured likely has the same 180 horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter under the hood as the MINI Cooper S. Like the JCW, the Coupe pictured here looks almost unchanged from the concept Coupe, though you can see a dynamic spoiler--not seen on the concept car--in action in these images.
Construction of the Coupe should start at MINI's Oxford, U.K. plant soon, for delivery in the second half of the year. Look out for a world debut this September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.