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 |  Feb 12 2011, 7:48 AM


If you still think that matte black paint jobs are just a fad, think again. MINI has decided to release a limited edition factory package that can be added onto any Cooper variant, turning it from a hip, trendy little car to a stealthy and sleek trendy little car. Dubbed the Mat Edition, MINI will be limiting the package to 250 vehicles – except they’ll only be available in France.

For a little over $3,800 extra, the Mat Edition MINI receives the matte black paint job accented with checkered mirror covers. Each unit will also be numbered on the side air intakes and on the lucky owner’s key ring.

Owners will be able to add the Mat Edition package to the standard Cooper, Cooper D or Cooper S John Cooper Works.

All said, it’s not a bad deal, considering what some manufacturers charge for pearl paint (even as a standard color), and we’re digging the move by MINI to offer a matte finish from the factory. Then again, a wrap-job could give you the same result and save you a few grand.

[Source: Topspeed]