Rolls-Infused MINI Debuts at Pebble Beach
The MINI Inspired by Goodwood, featuring Rolls-Royce design, debuts at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California.
The limited-run MINI Inspired by Goodwood will be set up alongside the MINI Cooper coupe two-seater — first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show — making its U.S. debut. Both will be at the MINI display on pedestrian walkway and 17-Mile.
Interestingly, it will also have a rather top-shelf price. The MINI Inspired by Goodwood will go for $52,000, including delivery, when advanced orders begin this month. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of the year.
The Goodwood MINI was produced in collaboration with the Rolls-Royce design team in Goodwood, England. The limited-edition run will comprise 1,000 copies — only 140 of which will be available to U.S. customers — with Rolls-Royce design cues integrated inside and out.
Notable features include a diamond-black-metallic exterior body finish and 17-inch alloy wheels with a multispoke design. A reef-blue metallic color scheme can also be requested.
Inside the car, a cornsilk-beige hue unique to Rolls-Royce color schemes covers materials for everything from the dashboard to carpet surfaces, with only the upper instrument panel section in black. Rolls-Royce materials used throughout the interior include Lounge leather interior seating, lamb's-wool floor mats, a cashmere headliner, burr-walnut-veneer fascia and front door handles, and a sport steering wheel featuring Walknappa leather and piano-black controls.
Each MINI Inspired by Goodwood uses the turbo 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine initially built for the 2011 MINI Cooper S.
The Goodwood MINI makes 181 hp and moves from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. As a 2012-model-year vehicle, it will be launched as part of the "MINI Yours" range of special-edition cars.
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Q. Why would anyone pay Porsche money for a tarted-up Mini?
A. They wouldn't.
Consequently, look for great deals on leftover Goodwood Minis in mid to late 2012. Probably pick one right off the Mini lot for 15k under sticker by then. If you wanted one.