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Mini Cooper Trailer Hitch 2011+ Cooper w/o Spare R56 R57 R58 R59

Mini Cooper Trailer Hitch 2011+ Cooper w/o Spare R56 R57 R58 R59

Mini Cooper Trailer Hitch 2011+ Cooper w/o Spare R56 R57 R58 R59
Designed specifically for 2011-2013 MINI Cooper Non-S models, use your hidden trailer receiver hitch to tow, haul cargo, bikes.

Fits the following Cooper non-S models WITHOUT the spare tire:

2011-2013 R56 MINI Cooper (non-S) Hatchback
2011-2013 R57 MINI Cooper (non-S) Convertible
2011-2013 R56 MINI Cooper (non-S) Coupe 
2011-2013 R56 MINI Cooper (non-S) Roadster

Select model.

If your MINI has the spare tire, this hitch can be installed if the spare tire is removed. However you will not be able to re-install the spare once the hitch is in place.

If you plan to tow a small trailer, click here for a custom wiring harness.

If you need a matching Draw Bar with a 1-7/8" ball, click here.

See our Mini Cooper Hitch Application Guide to find the right hitch for other models.

If you need a Bike Rack to fit your new 1-1/4" Hitch, see the Mini Cooper Bike Rack Yakima 1-1/4" Hitch Mount.

These trailer receiver hitches have all been certified by Test Link Services, Inc. using SAE J684 Department of Transportation testing standards to meet a tongue weight rating of 150 lbs and a maximum tow rating of 1500 lbs. Many states require the use of a SAE J684 certified hitch for hauling and towing. These trailer receiver hitches are the only commercially available certified trailer hitch for the Mini Cooper S with a 150 lb tongue weight and 1500 lb towing weight! Get the strongest hitch here!


  • This hitch uses a small opening cut into the rear black plastic valence at the in the rear bumper.
  • The average installation time for this hitch is 1.5 to 2 hours. Add another 1 to 1.5 hours for the wiring kit.
  • These products are drop-shipped directly from the manufacturer. Product usually ships in 1-2 weeks. Delivery times may vary depending on inventory.
  • The rear parking distance sensors may beep with a bike rack attached and the car in reverse.


* 1 1/4" class I receiver
* Powder coated black to resist rust
* 150 lb maximum tongue weight
* 1500 lb maximum towing capacity
* Installs with ordinary hand tools

If your Cooper has the Spare Tire option, you can remove it and install this hitch. You can have one or the other, but not both at the same time.

The Hitch is a heavy duty Steel assembly that mounts behind the plastic part of the MINI bumper and uses factory hardware and mounting location for a seamless and integrated look that is safe and secure and offers MINI owners the flexibility to haul, tow, attach or carry stuff they otherwise would never be able to. The hitch mounts between the large bumper support beam and the chassis.

Accessing the hitch to insert the hitch lock pin requires reaching behind the plastic part of the bumper and above the exhaust tips. Confirm the exhaust tips have cooled off first. The first few times it will be a bit challenging to work 'blind' but it will get easier. Accessing the hitch pin will only be required if a accessory or drawbar is added or removed.

Once installed, the hitch can be used to attach just about any off-the-shelf trailer, bike rack or luggage trays that have a 1-1/4" size connection. The vast majority of MINI drivers will use our hitch in conjunction with an aftermarket bike rack attachment (like Thule, Yakima, etc.). A 1-1/4" hitch connection is required and the post needs to be long enough to clear the bumper.

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Created: November 11, 2015
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