The Mini manufacturers have ripped out the back seats of the old Cooper and transformed it into a thrilling little sports car.
It comes with all the trendy accessories and special features that made the old version as stylish as it was racy.
But this new model only arrived in Bermuda in February and Bermuda Motor bosses believe it has the potential to make quite a splash.
The simple fact that it only has two seats means there is more space throughout the vehicle especially in the legroom department.
The extra boot space is also a welcome new addition to this vehicle which is guaranteed to appeal to businessmen and women.
What also makes this new Mini Coupé even more attractive is that it is only a class C vehicle.
It lacks little in terms of size on the older Cooper, but the fact that it is only a two-seater means you will save a little bit of money when you come to license it.
The two-door version comes with automatic gear transmission and will set you back something in the region of $66,000.
But like all Minis you can almost build your own by choosing what interior as well as exterior features take your fancy.
It is a cracking little car to look at, and sports the traditional Mini shape and design.
But it is also a fun machine to drive.
It boasts great traction control thanks to the 17-inch wheels so it feels like the car almost hugs the road as you go around corners or up side streets.
It also has plenty of power too with a 1.6-litre engine that makes a reassuringly distinctive sound as you take it through the gears.
The Mini Coupé’s compact size makes it ideal for driving around Hamilton and parking in small, tight spaces.
Inside this little mean machine you get the striking old-school juke box style speedometer in the centre of the dashboard.
There are silver chrome circles wherever you look — whether it is the internal door handles or the digital display of speed, revs and how much fuel you have left.
The stereo also sits comfortably in the middle console and offers you the choice of radio, Blue Tooth or CD player and there are four booming front speakers that give you great sound quality.
When it comes to driving comfort the Mini comes with a driver’s armrest as well as the option of literally pumping up you seat to get the ideal position.
Furthermore, the steering wheel can also be adjusted up and down to suit the driver’s desire.
Starting the Mini Coupe engine means you push the disc-shaped object, which doubles as a key, into a slot on the driver’s side and away you go.
There are four airbags inside to provide added safety and security, but you would expect nothing less from a Mini design where safety and reliability is always paramount.
A nice little extra feature is that you can access the trunk from inside the car and stuff any shopping through a little hole.
From the outside the Mini Coupe looks menacing with its metallic front grill.
It also comes with a rear spoiler that you can either put up manually or pops up when you top 80 mph to give you more control over you back wheels.
Not that you will be needed that in Bermuda to be honest, and a little tip from the dealership is not to have it up as it drains the battery.
Essentially the two-seater Mini is a sports car but a touch of the conventional too.
It has plenty of space as well as storage compartments in the front.
It is also robust and sports some of the latest technology in road safety.
There is a hint of the helicopter cockpit about sitting in the driver’s seat too. Where you would usually find the internal light in any other normal car you find an assortment of switches and U-shaped levers.
They operate overhead and well as internal side lighting.
But that is not all — you can also choose what internal light illuminates the inside of the door lever. You can have red or green or even blue — depending on your mood and how much you want to play at being a helicopter pilot.
You see it’s the little things about the Mini that make it more than just a car and give it a personality of its own.
But it does not forgo the basics too.
It sports the usual modern accessories you would expect — electric windows, air conditioning and cup holders for your morning coffee.
Its leather interior is luxurious and comfortable and the stitched steering wheel is a nice touch.
The new Coupe combines sport with space, which is not an easy partnership to achieve, and it all comes in a punchy package.
Mike Butler, general manager of Bermuda Motors said: “We’re excited about the Mini Coupé.
“It’s the first-ever production two-seater Mini and it’s just great fun to drive. It enhances the sports-style design that has always been a part of the Mini without compromising the build and interior quality that we have come to expect from this generation of Minis.
“And as with all Minis, owners have numerous optional extras to really make it their own.”
The new Mini Coupé is available to buy from Bermuda Motors on Church Street in Hamilton.