posted 6 years ago

New Mini Convertible Recreates Italian Job

The new Mini Convertible is the perfect run-around for those keen to recreate the Italian Job movie in dear old Blighty

The new Mini Convertible is the perfect run-around for those keen to recreate the Italian Job movie in dear old Blighty. This retro fashion statement has a 1.6-litre engine with outputs of 98, 122, 184, and 211bhp. The most powerful 'John Cooper Works' version is the best for lugging gold around as it hits 62mph in 6.9 seconds, and is capable of 146mph. It is also fairly frugal for long pursuits as it returns a combined average of 39.8mpg.

This second generation Mini Convertible is virtually as good to drive as its pin-sharp hatchback and Clubman siblings. Even the standard model feels extremely secure and there is very little body roll to unsettle the loot. The steering is also beautifully responsive and the gear change feels positive.

The high-spec Cooper S version is better still as it has various appealing extras. These include firmer suspension and a 'sport button' to tighten the steering and sharpen the throttle. This model is also available with a loudspeaker hi-fi system to entertain you during long Italian traffic jams. Escapees fortunate enough to getaway in the John Copper Works version also benefit from 17" cross-spoke alloys and the electronic limited slip differential.

Motoring.co.uk's database reveals the new Mini Convertible is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £19,495 - £24,790.