News : MINI Highgate unveiled

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Keith Adams

Another MINI London-district themed hits the road with the arrival of the Highgate convertible. Following hard on the heels of the Baywater and Baker Street editions, the new MINI adopts a name from the ciy that’s hosting the Olympics in 2012.

The car comes in flip Ice Chocolate metallic paint with matching hood, although a more appealing Midnight Black edition is also available. There’s also an exclusive ‘Union Flag inspired’ 17in double-cross alloy wheel design with an aluminium finish.

Inside the Highgate has Dark Truffle leather with light contrasting stitching and blue piping. Again, blue detailing extends to the gear lever and handbrake stitching, while there’s also a set of stainless steel pedals and MINI’s Chrome Line interior package fitted.

The Highgate package is offered on the MINI Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D and Cooper SD Convertibles, in either six-speed manual or automatic form. The MINI Convertible Highgate will be available from March, with an expected price of £18,735 for the Cooper Highgate Convertible manual.


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  1. MINI Tooting?
    MINI Lambeth?
    MINI Lewisham?
    MINI Hammersmith & Fulham??

    It’s going a bit far. Bit disappointing to see the massive Cooper S badges still in place. At least with the AR Mini special editions they got rid of any standard badging.

    Come on MINI; try a bit harder 🙂

  2. Wonder if they’ll make an MINI Chelsea. There was a limited Chelsea edition of the original Mini back in the ’80s.

  3. @ Dennis


    Don’t know why they don’t just release a MINI Tube Map with appropriate graphics & wraps and cover all the bases in one go…

  4. @ H. Jones:

    Ah, yes, the Mini Peckham, finished in mottled yellow with graffiti style lettering on the sides and a smokey exhaust, driven by market traders wearing chunky gold braclets. Lovely jubbly!

    Seriously, this will be special edition number four for the MINI range for 2012. Surely this does a rather unconvincing job of hiding the fact that the current generation MINI is due for replacement in the very near future? Or British buyers just can’t get enough of these MINI-based special editions?

  5. What about special editions for other cars? Always thought Sacha Baron Cohen should’ve endorsed a Vauxhall Corsa ‘Ali G’.

  6. If this is to be a run out special edition for the R56 MINI, BMW couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate name than one instantly associated with the word “Cemetery”…

  7. Actually, it could be worse; they could have painted it a metallic latex colour and called it the Condom – sorry, Camden. Oh, they’ve already done that one…. 😀

  8. “Ah, yes, the Mini Peckham, finished in mottled yellow with graffiti style lettering on the sides and a smokey exhaust, driven by market traders wearing chunky gold braclets. Lovely jubbly!”

    Well there is talk of a Clubman van….

    I guess you have to be German to appreciate “Metallic Brown”

  9. In comparison to their staple diet of “Metallic Tarmac” coloured cars, “Metallic Brown” is pretty radical and interesting for the German motor industry 😉

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