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The boys and girls over at MINI have been busy bodies in the last few years. While the company originally started making just one body style of car with two engine options, MINI has now grown and offers a whole line of vehicles.
You still get the regular Cooper, but add to that the Convertible, the Clubman, the Countryman, the recently announced Paceman, plus the Coupe and Speedster versions planned for 2012, you’d think MINI has enough on its plate already. But you’d be wrong, or at least you would be if the latest rumors prove to be true.
The internet is buzzing with the news that a new version of the MINI Clubman will be launched at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, dubbed the Hampton. It is said to feature a reef blue metallic paint job with red stripes and door mirror caps.
Along with the expected new badges for this model, also look for such goodies as bi-xenon headlights and new 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. Inside expect black leather with red accents covering seats and other surfaces.
There is no word on price or availability or if any power or chassis tuning is in the works also, but guess we just have to wait till March to find out.
MINI is also expected to debut a new Cooper SD model in Geneva, along with a range of more powerful diesel engines for all of its vehicles.
See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show preview here.
Just 250 Europe-only John Cooper Works World Championship 50 Special Edition models will be made
MINI just released two new special edition models, but that isn’t about to stop Britishy-German brand from introducing yet another. The latest collectors item to be unveiled by MINI to celebrate the company’s 50th birthday is the new John Coper Works Championship 50 Special Edition model – which celebrates the Cooper racing team’s two Formula 1 world championships in 1959 and 1960.
In true British fashion the sporty “little” car will get a deep green paint job and white stripes. MINI calls the green “Connaught Green” and the white is “Pepper White,” – which is used not only for the stripes but also for the roof.
Inside the car gets black leather and red detailing.
Other than those details there isn’t a lot to differentiate the car from a standard JCW model – except maybe for the price, which is expected to be roughly $53,000.
That dollar sign is, however, irrelevant as the car won’t be sold in North America – just Europe and the U.K. Getting your hands on one won’t be easy either as MINI plans to produce just 250 JCW Championship 50 models.