2012 MINI Cooper Coupe (© BMW AG)Click to enlarge picture

2012 MINI Cooper Coupe

Finally — after a slew of teasers, spy shots and other temptations — pictures of the much-anticipated MINI Cooper coupe in full production trim were released on Monday.

The coupe is the first two-seat MINI since the brand relaunched in the United States. It will be offered with three four-cylinder engine choices, topped by a 208-hp John Cooper Works model. Six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are available, depending on the version.

Additionally, MINI released pricing information: The base coupe starts at $22,000, the S variant is $25,300 and the JCW is $31,900. All prices include $700 shipping charges, and the JCW version gets an aero kit, which is standard for the new model year on all Minis.

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The coupe is claimed to have the best acceleration ever for a MINI — to the tune of a 6.1-second 0-to-60-mph time — and it can reach a top speed of 149 mph.

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The so-called "helmet roof" is shown more clearly and camo-free for the first time in these shots. It comes standard in a contrasting color from the body. Aerodynamics are fortified with spoilers on the roof and in the rear; the latter deploys automatically at 50 mph.

Despite its two-seat setup, there is stowage space behind the front seats and a wide-opening tailgate, MINI says.

The coupe goes on sale in October and is MINI's attempt to lure more male buyers to the brand.

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