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2012 Mini Roadster is two-seater, open-top

Mini just announced the sixth model in its current lineup, the 2012 soft-top Roadster.

The new Mini Roadster is great for the open road. Mini

Pictures and details were released this week of the 2012 Mini Roadster--the only open-top two-seater in the brand's history.

The Mini Roadster features the all-new four-cylinder engine in three options: the Mini Cooper Roadster with 121 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, the Mini Cooper S Roadster 181 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque, and the sporty Mini John Cooper Works Roadster boasting 208 hp and 192 pound-feet of torque.

Performance-wise, the Mini Roadster offers standard electric power steering, dynamic stability, dynamic traction control with electronic differential lock control optional (standard in the Mini John Cooper Works Roadster); stainless-steel rollover bars; active rear spoiler that extends automatically at 50 mph.

Scheduled to debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Mini Roadster swaps out a back seat for a soft-top. The soft-top opens and closes manually. The opened roof folds down flat behind the seats, with the outer skin of the roof facing up, so there is no need for any additional cover.

Options for the infotainment system include a Harman Kardon hi-fi loudspeaker system, Mini navigation system, and Mini Connected, which has features that include the Driving Excitement app, Web radio, Google services, RSS news feeds, Mission Control, and in-car use of Facebook and Twitter.

The new Roadster also offers enough room to pack luggage and sports equipment with 8.5 cu. ft. of stowage area behind the driver and passenger seats.

Other options include park distance control with rear sensors, comfort access, a multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control, heated seats, automatically dimming rear-view mirror and exterior mirrors, and an armrest.

Options for the John Cooper Works Roadster include Recaro sports seats in a leather/Dinamica combination with optimized lateral support, extended thigh support, integrated head restraints and an embossed John Cooper Works by Recaro logo. There's also the John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit.