However, its open-top cousin, the long-awaited 2012 MINI Cooper Roadster, is still nowhere to be seen, although a 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show debut is now looking more and more likely.
While the L.A. event isn’t scheduled to kick off for another month, we have a new spy video featuring a very lightly camouflaged example of the new MINI Cooper Roadster running some hot laps at the Nurburgring race track in Germany.
One interesting tidbit about the new MINI Cooper Roadster is a rumor that it will come with a simple manually operated folding soft-top, a design that should ensure the car remains light and affordable. Pricing shouldn’t deviate substantially from the Coupe’s $22,000 starting figure.
The engine lineup should also remain identical to the one in the Coupe, meaning 121, 181, and 208 horsepower versions.
For more details on the 2012 MINI Cooper Roadster, click here for previous spy shots report. And for a preview of what the new car will look like, click here for our report on the near-production concept version.