Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Mini Cooper Roadster Priced at $24,350


The 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster will have a starting price of $24,350 (excluding a $700 destination fee) when it joins the Mini lineup early next year. That’s $3,050 more than the 2012 Mini Cooper coupe, which the Roadster is based off of, but it is $600 less expensive than the Mini Cooper convertible ($24,950).

Unlike the power-operated top on the Cooper convertible, the Cooper Roadster has a manually operated cloth top. You open the top by turning a release mechanism on the windshield frame to release the roof, then you push the cloth top down from there (shown above). To close the top, you push a button near the rollover bars to extend the top enough, via gas-pressured springs, so that you can lift it up and fix it back in place.

The base coupe comes equipped with a 121-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual. Its standard features include power mirrors, height-adjustable seats, air conditioning and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

The Cooper Roadster S starts at $27,350 and comes equipped with a 181-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder.

The John Cooper Works edition of the Roadster tops out at $34,500. Its 208-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder is mated only to a six-speed manual.

You can learn more about the Cooper Roadster here .

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