While we do have a knack for classic Porsches – we also love the greatness of iconic British cars. For example, we’re passionate fans of the David Brown Speedback GT.
That wolf in sheep’s clothes is a masterfully classic bodywork reminiscent of the fabled Aston Martin DB5 but with the inner workings of the Jaguar XKR. And the company recently graced the Geneva Motor Show last month with the first production units of the Speedback GT, after previously honoring the British legacy with a Union Jack collection. And on the sidelines of the Swiss event we also caught wind that Brown was also preparing another introduction. That novelty is here now – with David Brown Automotive taking a modern look at the classic Mini. The new “Mini Remastered” comes with the iconic styling of the Issigonis original. It does however eschew the bodywork seams and has a new aluminum grille, bullet door mirrors with puddle lights and jewel-like LED taillights as a nod to the Speedback GT.
Motivation comes in the form of a reworked version of Mini’s 1,275cc engine with “50% more power.” Also new are the brakes and suspension, while the four-speed manual gearbox was only reconditioned. Brown Automotive also brings additional chassis rigidity tweaks to make sure handling is up to date as well. The interior is yet another blend of retro touches and modern amenities. We have of the former category the hand-trimmed leather seats; bespoke, black-on-white Smiths gauges and a wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel. The XXI century comes in the form of keyless entry and start, a USB port and a touchscreen infotainment system with pple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.
The Mini Remastered will be hand-built at David Brown’s new headquarters close to Silverstone, and there are even two limited series special launch editions: “Inspired by Café Racers” and “Inspired by Monte Carlo. The public premiere will take place at the Top Marques show in Monaco on April 20, with prices reportedly at around £50,000, without including any options.