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Mini Coupe concept photos: Tiny, faster

The 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show is nearly upon us, and we're beginning to see leaked images of some smokin' new cars. The latest to burn through the Intertubes is the Mini Coupe concept

Rory Reid
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The 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show is nearly upon us, and we're beginning to see leaked images of hot new cars. The latest to sear through the Intertubes is the Mini Coupe concept.

This bad boy ditches the rounded look of Minis gone by in favour of a more aggressive, muscular build. Like all the best sports cars, it also ditches a couple of seats, adds a new, lightweight aluminium roof, fat 18-inch alloy wheels and, most importantly, go-faster stripes.

Tech is yet to be finalised, but we can tell you the Mini Coupe packs a multi-function steering wheel that gives easy access to audio controls, plus two Chronoswiss clocks to the right and left of the rev counter. One acts as a stopwatch for recording lap times, and the other as a standard timepiece.

The Mini Coupe is set to receive the most powerful engine in the Mini range -- the 211hp, 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged block that's currently being employed in the John Cooper Works model. As a result, it should propel the Mini Coupe from 0-60mph in around 6 seconds, and on to a top speed of roughly 150mph. CO2 emissions are a not-particularly-Earth-friendly 165g/km, but fuel economy of 40.9mpg on the combined cycle makes for good reading.

We're pretty excited by this thing. It's been almost exactly 50 years since the first classic Mini hit the streets, and the Mini Coupe concept looks set to be a worthy successor.

Click through the pictures in our photo gallery for a closer look, and stick close by for more in-depth coverage as we head over to the Frankfurt Motor Show on 17 September.

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The car has a more pronounced wedge shape -- emphasising the fact it's a performance model.
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Its roof is made of lightweight aluminium, so the 211hp engine -- currently being used in the Mini John Cooper Works -- should help it reach 0-60mph in around six seconds.
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The rear seats have been removed, but you can still have fun it in, honest.
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This picture proves the go-faster stripes really do have an effect.
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The Mini Coupe Concept has two analogue clocks on either side of its rev counter -- one for recording lap data, and the other for telling you the time.

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