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.
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.
Staying on course
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).
Extensive range of premium equipment
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.
List of features for the personal touch
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.Published 14 May 2004