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Spy Shots—MINI's New Roadster: S Model Spotted Looking Concept-Close

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The new MINI Roadster has made several test runs lately, says spy shooter Brenda Priddy, who delivered these first shots of the hotter S model. Not looking much different from the MINI Coupe Concept that debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the production model has a steeply raked windshield and a very abrupt greenhouse.

Aside from the obvious S badge on display, the hood scoop, more aggressive fascias, sportier wheels and center-mount dual exhaust tell us this MINI is faster than most. There is also a small, retractable spoiler hiding under the swirly camo.

Priddy says that hiding under the hood should be the 208hp, 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder. A smaller gasoline or diesel motor should be offered as well. Watch for the official debut later this year.

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Photo Credit: Brenda Priddy & Company