MINI : Rolls-Royce’s input adds the glitz for Auto Shanghai
The most luxurious factory-built MINI ever produced will be unveiled at next week’s Auto Shanghai. The ‘MINI inspired by Goodwood’ is limited to 1000 cars and has been built under BMW Group partner company Rolls-Royce’s guidance – as a concept, the luxury sporting small car is a sound one, and it will be interesting to see if this will be followed up by a regular production model at the head of the MINI range.
Trim colours, equipment and detailing have been conceived by Rolls-Royce Design’s Alan Sheppard, with a specially selected dashboard, central console, air vents, carpets, Lounge leather seats, roof lining, doors and interior cladding materials all in the company’s Cornsilk colour. Additionally, the dashboard and doorhandle surfaces, which are manufactured in Goodwood, are finished in Walnut Burr, a premium wood trim exclusive to Rolls-Royce.
Equipment includes Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Park Distance Control, automatic air conditioning, an onboard computer and the audio system Radio MINI Visual Boost, which includes the Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system.
The most notable features of the exterior design are the body finish in the exclusive Rolls-Royce metallic Diamond Black colour and 17in light alloy wheels sporting a multi-spoke design. The ‘MINI inspired by Goodwood’ is powered by the Cooper S’s 1.6-litre 184bhp turbo, which should ensure a sub-8 second 0-60mph time.
More about this striking Maxi-MINI as it’s revealed…
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