A Rolls-Royce in miniature, that is the Mini Inspired by Goodwood. Designers from the two British sister brands dressed a Mini Cooper S together in the best Rolls-Royce tradition. The luxurious Mini will be in the showroom in an edition of a thousand pieces.
In the past, when ‘everything’ was better, you could have your Mini decorated very luxuriously, by companies such as Wood & Pickett, Rapport and Hooper. Despite the many tuning companies that are now available for your Mini, you can really only go to the Italian coachbuilder Castagna for real luxury. But with everything Castagna creates, the British brand thinks, “oh… we can do this too”.
So now. Next week at the Shanghai auto show, the Mini will unveil a special Cooper S called Inspired by Goodwood. With a rapidly growing number of millionaires and even billionaires, China is of course the country to offer a compact car that is decked out with top materials as is normally reserved for limousines such as Rolls-Royce.
For starters, we come across cashmere, nappa leather on both the center console and the seating area and black piano lacquer on the steering wheel. The dashboard is finished with ‘Walnut Burr’ (expensive name for expensive wood), but also the lambswool mats that are known from the Rolls-Royce models.
The color scheme was also selected by the Rolls-Royce craftsmen from Goodwood. For the interior, they opted for the warm, beige shade of Corn Silk that extends to the headliner, and the exterior is painted in Diamond Black metallic paint from the Rolls-Royce shelves. But those who do not like black metallic paint can opt for the color ‘Reef Blue’.
In addition to the standard nappa leather upholstery, the Mini Inspired by Goodwood comes standard with automatic air conditioning, Park Distance Control, an audio system with Harman Kardon speakers and 17-inch alloy wheels. The badge ‘one of 1000’, on the center console, indicates that it is an exclusive and limited Mini.
The 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine from the current Cooper S is also in the Mini Inspired by Goodwood. The engine is equipped with Twin Scroll turbo technology and coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is possible in 7 seconds and the Mini reaches a top of 228 km/h. Average fuel consumption is 5.8 l/100 km (1 in 17.2) and CO2 emissions are 136 g/km.
The price of this ‘baby Rolls-Royce’ is not yet known. Delivery will start in the spring of 2012. Enter the beautiful world of Mini.