MINI joins the ‘Big Boys Club’ this year and, 60 years after the first one was launched, celebrates the milestone with a special edition package in British Racing Green.
To mark the anniversary, the automobile manufacturer presents a design model that highlights both its British origins and the agile MINI character.
The special edition will be available in South Africa from June 2019 onwards as a MINI 3 Door and MINI 5 Door, each with two engine variants.
Sports car designer John Cooper was an especially strong believer in the compact four-seater’s race track potential. In collaboration with Alec Issigonis, the creator of the classic Mini, he developed ideas for variants of the small car with a more powerful engine, thereby laying the foundations for an exceptional career on racing circuits and rally tracks, culminating in three outright victories at the Monte Carlo Rally in the 1960s.
The design model’s 60 Years logo appears not just on the left-hand bonnet stripe but also on the side scuttles of the turn indicators and on the door sill finishers at the driver and front passenger doors. Inside the car it can also be seen on the model-specific interior trim finishers, front headrests and steering wheel.
The standard equipment of the edition vehicles includes a sports leather steering wheel along with sports seats in the leather finish MINI Yours Leather Lounge 60 Years and the exclusive colour Dark Maroon.
In conjunction with the equipment package 60 Years Chili, the edition vehicles also feature such items as LED headlights, LED fog lamps, white turn indicators and LED rear lights in Union Jack design, the lighting package for the interior and also the MINI Driving Modes and the MINI Excitement Package complete with ambient lighting. There is also an on-board computer, automatic air conditioning, a rain sensor and a storage package on board.
Two petrol engines with an output ranging from 100 kW to 141 kW provide the drive portfolio for the MINI 60 Years Edition.