This year at the Auto Shanghai 2011, Mini is rolling out the Rolls-Royce version of its famous little car – the Mini Inspired by Goodwood.
Close collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design team at the development center of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England has produced a limited-run special edition MINI, whose exterior and interior design is inspired by fine materials and the British luxury car marque’s commitment to absolutely flawless workmanship.
Offered exclusively as a three-door hatchback, the Rolls Royce-inspired Mini is based on the Cooper S model and comes with a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine pumping out 184HP and 240Nm (177 lb-ft) of peak torque for a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 7.0 seconds and combined fuel consumption of 5.8lt/100km (40.6 mpg US).
Nearly every interior surface is wrapped in the same high-quality leather found in Rolls-Royce’s offerings and, walnut burr adorns the Mini’s dashboard and door handles. The matching black gauge faces will have lettering in the same typeface as used in Rolls-Royce automobiles.
Exterior alterations are minimal, including the front and rear fascias from the Cooper S, and hood from the European Cooper D. Paint choices include diamond black or reef blue metallic – both Rolls-Royce colors — while stock wheels are swapped out for 17-inch, multi-spoke wheels. Special badging can be found on the front quarter panels and door sills, and inside a plaque signifying the build number sits near the gear selector.
Given that previous special editions of the JCW have nudged £35k, it’s likely that the more sumptuous, ultra-exclusive example will see another hike, perhaps to as much as £50k.
Only 1,000 will be made and the cars will be delivered a year from now.