With the recent focus on “hot hatches,” it would be fair to assume that ever-popular Mini would be among the leaders in the segment. Not only is it fair, but also it’s correct with the brand’s John Cooper Works edition vehicles.
At this year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show next week, Mini’s going to roll out a series of new vehicles looking to generate some excitement, especially within the “need for speed” crowd.
Starting with the Mini John Cooper Works Knights Edition, which will make its North American premiere starting Nov. 28. Joining that is the Mini John Cooper Works GP – first shown as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year – ready for launch in 2020.
The Knights Edition is based on a Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop with black and silver factory components and aftersales accessories — think of it as the Oakland Raiders designed a Mini. It is available exclusively with a Midnight Black exterior paint, a Melting Silver roof and mirror caps, as well as a custom melting silver bonnet stripe and melting silver and red side stripes design, according to Mini.
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The exterior, which features piano black exterior trims, door handles and fuel filler cap, also gets chrome exhaust tips. The new model will be available in early 2019.
In addition to those two offerings, Mini is showcasing four special edition models – the Countryman Yin Yang Edition, the Clubman Starlight Edition, S E Countryman PHEV special edition and the John Cooper Works International Orange Edition – that feature the brand’s focus on the ability to customize these vehicles to their owners’ tastes.
- The Yin Yang Edition is based on a Mini Cooper S Countryman available in either Midnight Black or Light White with the opposing color contrast roof and a custom stripe design. The Yin Yang Edition comes with Piano Black grille trim, headlight and taillight rings, and door handles. It also comes with Night Jack Side Scuttles and Mirror Caps, an All-Weather Luggage Mat and Custom Floor mats. It will be available next month.
- The Starlight Edition is based on a Mini Cooper S Clubman model and features a Starlight Blue Metallic exterior paint with a Melting Silver roof, mirrors and Center Caps and Custom melting silver bonnet stripes. The wheels of the Starlight Edition are Silver 17-inch Net Spoke Wheels. It also comes with a Mini Luggage trolley, the Mini Click and Drive System and a Mini Luggage Compartment Mat. The Mini Clubman Starlight Edition is currently available.
- The International Orange Edition is based on a Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop and features bold colors and unique appearance elements. It comes with an exclusive orange-painted body and roof combination and a high-gloss Midnight Black metallic spoiler. It also comes with Ferric Gray 18-inch Double Spoke John Cooper Works Wheels with 205/40-R18 performance tires. Exhaust features include the John Cooper Works Pro Exhaust with Bluetooth controlled flap and chrome tailpipe trims. It is currently available.
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Mini USA plans to expand on that at the L.A. Auto Show when it unveils a slew of customized accessories. Not only can owners select the parts for their vehicles, but using an online configurator they can see what the new vehicle will look like with the new accessories applied. With MINI Yours Customized, the brand is taking individualization to a new level, using innovative 3D printing and laser lettering in production for the first time.
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“Individualization and customization are core elements of the MINI brand,” said Thomas Felbermair, pice president, Mini Region Americas. “This not only includes a range of options and accessories available for our cars, but also a unique range of limited production special editions that have long-been part of the MINI DNA since the first generation Mini was produced in 1959.”