The Coupé Concept is a pre-production variant of the John Cooper Works Coupé. It was introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show to celebrate Mini's 50th anniversary and to showcase a new body style for the Mini hatch.
As a small front-engine, front-wheel-drive platform, the Mini Coupe Concept requires an aggressive, yet tempered, driving style to maximize performance. Brake deeply into corners and let the weight transfer unload the rear axle and help it swing over, thereby pointing the front where you want it to go. Balancing the car at this critical and dynamic point takes smooth and deliberate steering inputs and delicate braking. Due to its small wheelbase, it'll take some effort to actually spin the car all the way round. Too much power will result in benign but time-killing understeer, so ease off the throttle once you sense the car beginning to run wide. This is one of the best learner cars.