MINI : New Sport Pack and MINI Yours Programme announced

Clive Goldthorp

  The new MINI Clubman Hampton Special Edition

A new Sport Pack, based on the current John Cooper Works (JCW) versions, will be available on all MINI Hatch and Convertible models from April, 2011.  

The Sport Pack includes a special aerodynamic package with unique front and read aprons , horizontal slats on the fog lamp surrounds and a honeycomb mesh over the main air intake while the interior features a JCW black leather sports sterring wheel, cloth-leather sports seats and Piano Black trim. All Sport Pack-equipped MINIs are also fitted with MINI’s Dynamic Traction Control and Electronic Differential Lock Control together with lightweight 17in JCW cross-spoke alloy wheels.  

Sport Pack prices start at £2150.00 for the MNI One and rise to £2995.00 for the MINI Cooper/Cooper D Convertible.  

MINI UK has also just announced two Special Editions: the MINI Clubman Hampton and the MINI Pimlico. These new Special Editions promote a new customisation programme called MINI Yours which offers “unusual paint finishes, upholstery variants and interior colours, stylishly configured equipment packages and limited editions based on the now four model series in the MINI family.”  

The MINI Clubman Hampton comes in a specially-created Reef Blue metallic paint with a silver roof and rear door surrounds and features Damson Red detailing inside and out. All Clubman Hampton Special Editions are fitted with the Chilli Pack and unique 17in twin-spoke alloy wheels. Prices start at £20,360.00 otr for the entry-level Cooper version of the Clubman Hampton while the Cooper SD variant of the Clubman Hampton costs £23,185.00 otr.  

The Hatch-only MINI Pimilco Special Edition features Laser Blue metallic paint which was perviously only available on the MINI Cooper S and John Cooper Works, JCW 16in twin-spoke alloys, Piano Black interior trim and the requisite MINI Pimlico badging. The MINI Pimlico’s prices start at $14,465.00 otr for the MINI One-based version.  

MINI’s two new Special Editions will both be on sale in the UK for 12 months from March, 2011.

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Clive Goldthorp

About the Author:

Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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  1. Ianto says:

    Sublime…

    BMW are certainly getting every niche they can out of this platform. It is a shame that BL/ARG were not as inventive or as bold with the original Mini.

  2. Chris Chapman says:

    Are BMW admitting that the MINI is oversized? This brings back memories of a very rude running gag on The Goon Show about Hugh Jampton and the rhyming slang Hampton Wick…

  3. Jemma says:

    A bit of chicken wire from the local B&Q – £3
    Some old paint and leather from the Rover 800 production line – £100
    Chinese knock-off chrome strip from eBay – £15

    Getting the gullible hairdressers to pay £2000 for the privilege… Priceless!

  4. Paul Taylor Paul T says:

    @Ianto
    Check out the book that was a gift with the Mini 30 or the Haynes Restoration/Renovation manuals to see how many limited editions BL etc. made of the classic Mini.

    Admittedly, not all were great but, in the context of that particular car, there were some boldly designed and well-crafted cars. The trouble is a lot came as the model was nearing the end of its natural life.

    I have owned a Mini 25 and currently have a Mini 30, which is still revered as one of the best Mini special editions made, classic or BMW.

  5. David 3500 says:

    Paul T :
    @Ianto
    Check out the book that was a gift with the Mini 30 or the Haynes Restoration/Renovation manuals to see how many limited editions BL etc. made of the classic Mini.

    Admittedly, not all were great but, in the context of that particular car, there were some boldly designed and well-crafted cars. The trouble is a lot came as the model was nearing the end of its natural life.

    I have owned a Mini 25 and currently have a Mini 30, which is still revered as one of the best Mini special editions made, classic or BMW.

    I think the book to which you are referring was written by Rob Golding and contains a lot of useful information about special edition and limited edition derivatives.

    Incidentally, in September 2000, a comprehensive Press Pack was issued to motoring journalists containing a lot of facts and figures about 40 years of the Mini. I believe, from memory, that there had been no less than 28 such special/limited edition derivatives offered for sale in the home market alone.

  6. Paul Taylor Paul T says:

    David 3500 :

    Paul T :
    @Ianto

    Check out the book that was a gift with the Mini 30 or the Haynes Restoration/Renovation manuals to see how many limited editions BL etc. made of the classic Mini.

    Admittedly, not all were great but, in the context of that particular car, there were some boldly designed and well-crafted cars. The trouble is a lot came as the model was nearing the end of its natural life.

    I have owned a Mini 25 and currently have a Mini 30, which is still revered as one of the best Mini special editions made, classic or BMW.

    I think the book to which you are referring was written by Rob Golding and contains a lot of useful information about special edition and limited edition derivatives.

    Incidentally, in September 2000, a comprehensive Press Pack was issued to motoring journalists containing a lot of facts and figures about 40 years of the Mini. I believe, from memory, that there had been no less than 28 such special/limited edition derivatives offered for sale in the home market alone.

    …and goodness knows how many export-only, the Knightsbridge being the last.

    I understand that some of the Paul Smith special editions have made it back to the UK from Japan and are apparently much desired.

  7. @Clive Goldthorp
    A long list, but still incomplete i.e. missing the German LE model called ‘Balmoral’.

  8. Ianto says:

    I love the special editions – how come Rover Group never did this?

  9. Wilko says:

    @Ianto
    You might want to look at the link in Clive’s Post #7 above.

  10. Ianto says:

    @Wilko
    Respect Wilko – you are a legendary poster!

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