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Originally created in 1969, The Italian Job featured MINI Coopers in tight spaces racing through the streets of Italy. For those that are younger, the movie was redone in 2003 with the same premise, and now we have a short clip titled The Britalian Job that pays homage to the original classic.
As if right on cue, MINI has released not one, but two special edition packages for its Cooper and Clubman models. Dubbed Hyde Park and Green Park, both packages pay homage to the Royal Parks in the heart of London.
Both special editions are available worldwide, helping bring a little more British style to our favorite MINI models. The Hyde Park package comes with a Pepper White exterior combined with Hot Chocolate contrasting paintwork on the roof and exterior mirror caps. This is the first time that Hot Chocolate has been offered by the British automaker. Highlighting the Hyde Park package is hood and side stripes in Hot Chocolate further accented by transparent white indicator lenses.
On the interior of the Hyde Park MINI models, Pepper White accents find its way inside. Seats will come in cloth/leather or Leather Gravity with the Carbon Black or Polar Beige Colour Line with the MINI Yours dash lined in leather in a Black/Polar Beige combo.
The Green Park model’s upgrades are identical to the Hyde Park except that it trades the Hot Chocolate shade for a sportier British Racing Green color.
GALLERY: MINI Hyde Park and Green Park Special Editions
London’s world famous department store will have a MINI Goodwood on display from April 8 to April 22, celebrating the delivery of the first customer cars. Co-developed by the infamous Rolls-Royce design team, the car features luxurious amenities that would normally be seen in a Rolls-Royce.
MINI has announced yet another special edition model, this time paying tribute to 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner Rauno Aaltonen. Available on both Cooper or Cooper S models, the Rauno Aaltonen model is set off by its Chili Red exterior.
For upgrades, the Rauno Aaltonen edition MINI features a white hood intake, and racing stripes down the hood and trunk of the car. On the side are matching red stripes with a checkered theme, while the unique 17-inch Infinite Stream Spoke wheels are also finished off in white.
Inside the Cooper or Cooper S is a specially-badged leather steering wheel and a speedometer which features a red outer ring with an image of the original Flying Finn’s signature.
The best part of the MINI Rauno Aaltonen is that buyers get a day of rally driving instruction on ice at a school owned by Rauno and his son Tino.
GALLERY: MINI Rauno Aaltonen
Back in 2006, MINI released a special edition Cooper John Cooper Works GP model. Limited to just 2,000 vehicles, the JCW GP Cooper S blended the best out of the John Cooper Works catalog with some GP-specific parts.
Dr. Kay Segler was the head of the MINI brand back when the JCW GP first came out in 2006, and now that he’s back as the head of the brand, it’s no surprise that the successor to the JCW GP will be coming by the end of this year. It’s now believed that the GP2 will be based on the R56 chassis (not the new MINI Coupe) and will feature unique parts inside and out.
One can expect a race-inspired rear diffuser and spoiler, 18-inch wheels, and a unique JCW body kit. And no limited edition MINI would be complete without a modified powerplant. We should be seeing at least 220-hp from the JCW GP2 with fine-tuned suspension to back it all up on the track.
Unfortunately the specs behind the new GP model are still being held in secret, as is the price. But chances are the new price tag won’t exactly resemble the $31,150 price that the original GP bore six years ago – it’ll be higher.
The 2006 MINI Cooper S JCW GP had a 1.6L supercharged, SOHC four-cylinder engine with 215-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It hit 60-mph in 5.9 seconds and only 415 of them made it to America.
GALLERY: 2006 MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works GP
[Source: Motoring File]
We reported on the first details behind this concept in early January, but at the time guessed it would be called the MINI Cargo.
Essentially, the car is a foray into the commercial market with an emphasis on businesses like pizza delivery and will compete with the Fiat 500 Giardinetta Wagon.
No further details are available now, but we’ll have coverage as more information becomes available.
[Source: In Auto News]
Another week, another special edition announcement from British automaker, MINI. This time around it’s the MINI Convertible Highgate, a special edition variant of their soft-top, four-seater named after one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in London.
The MINI Convertible Highgate will be offered with two engine variants, the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S and will be produced for a limited time at MINI Plant Oxford. It will go on sale starting in spring 2012.
What sets the MINI Convertible Highgate apart from your standard model is its exterior paint finishes, soft-top colors and wheel designs made specially for the Highgate model. The new body color is called Iced Chocolate Metallic that has a subtle, bluish tint to it in the sun. The brown soft-top seen in the photos also has a light metallic sheen which is further enhanced by the brown/black hood stripes with blue edging. Other colors available for the Highgate variant is Midnight Black Metallic and White Silver Metallic.
The exterior mirror caps of the Highgate has also been match-painted while the 17-inch Double Cross wheels are exclusive to the special edition convertible. MINI mentioned that the wheels’ spoke arrangement has been inspired by the pattern of the Union Jack flag. The “Highgate” moniker can be seen on the side indicator surrounds, door sills and seat tags specifying that this MINI is indeed, unique and special.
For the interior, MINI outfits the Lounge Leather seats and leather Color Line elements are in Dark Truffle with light contrast stitching. Light blue piping, similar to the shade seen on the hood stripes, contrasts with the otherwise dark interior. Stainless steel can be seen on the pedals while a Chrome Line interior package cap off the stylish interior upgrades.
In America, the MINI Convertible Highgate can be ordered on the 121-hp MINI Cooper for $2,750 more than the MINI Convertible base price, or with the 181-hp MINI Cooper S powerplant for $2,500 more.
GALLERY: MINI Convertible Highgate
Here’s an idea: sponsor a blizzard and name it after a line of cars. That way when it snows, the weather man will be forced to advertise them, how could it possibly go wrong?
Mini is learning the answer to that question the hard way as you read this. It turns out that snow storms, much like hurricanes, are unpredictable and dangerous. So much so that at least 100 people are dead in the aftermath of what was supposed to go down in history as cold weather front “Cooper.”
Apparently, Germany’s meteorology institute allows people to sponsor weather systems. That’s what ad agency Sassenbach did to get their clients’ name in front of customers. Unfortunately, the consequences were grave.
According to the BBC, nearly 950 people are in hospital being treated for hypothermia and frostbite. An additional 100 are dead, mostly in Poland and Ukraine.
BMW is apologized for the stunt which only cost 229 euros, or about $300. Going with the cheap and unpredictable option isn’t something we expect from such a big company. After all, it’s sort of like being in high school and giving a homeless guy cash to buy beer for your party: impossible to control and probably dangerous.
Maybe next time they should look into the adopt-a-highway program.