Two new MINI special editions have been unveiled, and continue the marque’s obsession with London – kicked off by Austin Rover back n the 1980s, with the launch of the Mayfair and Picadilly. The Baker Street and Bayswater go on sale on 1 March in 100 global markets where the marque is sold. Each is exclusive to the MINI Hatch body style.
MINI Baker Street
It’s all about trims and colours. A striking looking MINI in Rooftop Grey, with twin black bonnet stripes, the MINI Baker Street is available in MINI One, One D, Cooper and Cooper D guise. Pepper White or Midnight Black shades are optional. ‘Baker Street’ lettering is added to the side scuttles and door sills and the special edition features 16in ‘6-Star’ twin-spoke alloys in a high-gloss black to match the door mirror caps.
The equipment list includes automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth, on-board computer, leather steering wheel, front fog lamps, a multi-coloured interior lighting package and height adjustment for the front passenger seat. DAB digital radio is standard, as it is on all MINIs.
The Bayswater is a more sporting option, and is available in Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD models. Kite Blue metallic paint has been created especially for this model, as have the 17in ‘Sandblast’ alloys. They feature a high-gloss black finish with machined rim and spoke edges. The exterior is finished with blue and grey Sport Stripes on the bonnet, from outside the car a blue stripe is on the left and grey on the right, corresponding door mirror caps are coloured in the same way.
Both cars come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with a six-speed automatic transmission available as an option. Thanks to the marque’s MINIMALISM technology One D and Cooper D models offer added appeal to London drivers with exhaust emissions of just 99g/km, making both models London Congestion Charge exempt.
|MINI Baker Street|
|MINI One Baker Street||£16,365|
|MINI One Baker Street Auto||£17,580|
|MINI One D Baker Street||£17,445|
|MINI Cooper Baker Street||£17,465|
|MINI Cooper Baker Street||£18,680|
|MINI Cooper D Baker Street||£18,745|
|MINI Cooper D Baker Street Auto||£19,945|
|MINI Cooper Bayswater||£18,565|
|MINI Cooper Bayswater Auto||£19,780|
|MINI Cooper D Bayswater||£19,845|
|MINI Cooper D Bayswater Auto||£21,045|
|MINI Cooper S Bayswater||£21,420|
|MINI Cooper S Bayswater Auto||£22,580|
|MINI Cooper SD Bayswater||£22,115|
|MINI Cooper SD Bayswater Auto||£23,375|
Meanwhile, factory production of two previously announced special editions is about to start. The London 2012 edition, complete with subtle Union Jack detailing and the capital city’s skyline engraved on the dashboard, is priced from £17,980. For something more lavish, the MINI Inspired by Goodwood, which blends Rolls Royce luxury with the unmistakable MINI driving experience will also be rolling off the production line at Oxford. Just 1000 will be made, costing £41,000 each.