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Have you ever said to yourself: “Gee, I wish my MINI matched my super cute Louis Vuitton hand bag”? And because too much of a good thing is never a bad idea, there’s a MINI that looks like the designer brand just puked all over it.
CoverEFX, a German tuning company, has put subtly aside to come up with this classic Louis Vuitton-inspired MINI. Just like the famous handbag, this little Cooper sports the black leather and gold metallic look. But to complete the authenticity of the style, it comes adorned with thousands of small gold logos glued individually by hand, mimicking the signature Louis Vuitton foil embossing technique. Finishing it off are its OZ LM rims in matte black and matte gold metallic.
We’re not sure how much this LV Mini will run you, but we are sure that it will carry plenty of those little purse dogs.
[Source: Born Rich]
The German Automobile Tuner Association has been helping raise awareness with a “Tune it! Safe!” campaign, and famed German aftermarket tuner AC Schnitzer has chimed in with their MINI E Police Look Concept. Currently being shown off at the 2010 Essen Motor Show, the MINI E Police Car continues to promote tuning without compromising safety.
The MINI E puts out 204-hp with 164 ft-lbs of torque, doing 0-62 mph in 8.5 seconds. Naturally, AC Schnitzer didn’t touch any of the performance of the vehicle but overhauled the exterior with their body kit. Comprised of a new front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper the MINI E now sports a more aggressive look. The kit is further complemented by vents on the hood and a large roof spoiler.
On each corner of the MINI E is an 18-inch MI 2 wheel, wrapped with Hankook’s Ventus S1 Evo tire. AC Schnitzer also upgraded the MINI E’s brakes, tossing on 4-piston calipers in the front. The suspension has also been upgraded for the police to easily maneuver around the winding roads.
Interior upgrades includes traditional AC Schnitzer aluminum pedals, footrest and e-brake handle. All of these modifications are currently (or soon-to-be) available for any of the MINI models.
GALLERY: AC Schnitzer All Electric Mini E Police Car
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Here’s one cool offer you can’t refuse. MINI and Paul “The Modfather” Weller have join forces to bring you a special art car, with proceeds going to charity.
Every year, MINI teams with top designers to produces a one-off car that is auctioned off for charity – but this year, the company decided to do something a little different. They tapped British musician Paul Weller to come up with a funky mod design for a MINI that will be sold during a live global online auction with all proceeds to Nordoff Robins and War Child charities. The auction is already live, and will run until December 11. The bidding is currently sitting at £12,250 (that’s just under $20,000 US).
Weller, best known for his time spent playing in The Jam and The Style Council, took his inspiration for the MINI car from a Ben Sherman shirt he designed for the clothing brand years ago. The car features bold pink and brown stripes across its entire body and is finished with a single silver line running up the bonnet and over the roof.
“I’ve always loved and driven MINIs so when I was given the opportunity to design a bespoke MINI Cooper I wanted to create something that reflected the mood and colours associated with the Mod era, which was also the classic Mini’s hey day,” said Weller. “I’d already expressed these colours in a shirt I designed for Ben Sherman a few years ago, so it made sense to me to continue the theme using a MINI Cooper as a palate.”
If you want to make a bid, go to www.paulwellerminiauction.com, or if you want to see the car up close, it’s on display in MINI’s flagship showroom on Park Lane, London for the duration of the auction.
In the past, Nowack Motors has tuned several BMWs and recently has released three kits for the MINI Cooper S and JCW models. What are already a fun and nimble cars have just become that much more powerful through Nowack Motors’ tuning kits. The three kits are conveniently labeled with their horsepower ratings: N210, N230 and N260.
The entry level N210 kit comes with a reprogrammed ECU and performance air flow filter making for safe and easy modifying and a nice power upgrade out of the MINI’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. An additional 20-hp can be found with a stainless steel exhaust system which is the difference between the N210 and N230 kit.
Things get more fun in order to achieve the 260-hp figure however. Nowack Motors’ N260 kit tosses in some internal engine work including a new cylinder head, high-performance camshafts, custom downpipe, upgraded intercoolers and a performance air intake.
Additional fun can be had from Nowack Motors with their springs, coilovers and sport differentials available as accessory upgrades. And for those that are located in Germany and can afford the luxury of having it all installed at Nowack Motors, they will receive pre- and post-dyno figures showing off just show smooth and linear their upgraded performance band is.
GALLERY: Nowack Motors Mini Cooper S
[Source: Tuning News]