UNIQUE STYLING AND LAVISH EQUIPMENT IN LIMITED EDITION OF 500
On 26th August 1959 the British Motor Corporation proudly unveiled a car that was to revolutionise motoring – and sweep the board from race track to rally stage into the bargain. The brainchild of Sir Alec Issigonis, the Mini brought fun and charm to the economy car, becoming a classless icon. 60 years on MINI now gains the full capital letter treatment as a BMW product, produced in Cowley, Oxford to far higher standards of safety and quality. But the cheeky charm remains…
The 60 years Edition is only available in the classic three-door hatchback style, with bodywork in British Racing Green with Black roof and mirror caps. Two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and MINI spot-lamps also come as standard. The limited edition ‘60 years’ logo can be found on the black bonnet stripes and the side turn indicators, and it is also projected from the driver’s door onto the ground when it’s opened. Inside, the specification includes MINI Yours Leather Lounge upholstery in Dark Cacao, complemented by contrasting green seat stitching and piping.
The MINI 60 Years Edition is only available in Cooper S form with automatic transmission. That means a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 189bhp (192HP) and accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds. Top speed, if you’re interested in such things, is 146mph, far surpassing even the original Monte Carlo rally-winning Cooper S of yore. Of more everyday interest is a combined figure of 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 127 g/km.
The MINI 60 Years Edition models are well-equipped as standard, with the Navigation Plus pack that features a larger 8.8” touch display with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, concierge service and wireless charging. Also included is the Comfort Plus Pack that comprises a rear-view camera, folding exterior mirrors and front and rear Park Distance Control (PDC).
The original Mini of 1959 may have been a marvel of space-efficient packaging, but it was primitive in terms of its safety. Seat belts didn’t come as standard until 1965! In contrast, the MINI 60 Years benefits from the high standard specification for all MINI models, which includes eight airbags for accident protection and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control to help you avoid an accident in the first place. Other safety technology includes Pedestrian Warning and Collision Mitigation, which scan the streets and apply the brakes if they detect trouble ahead. The optional MINI Driving Assistant offers a camera-based active cruise control to monitor traffic in front and apply the brakes if it slows.