A real eye candy ad from Mini of Knottsville!
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This time we get an exclusive tour of the all-new Mini of Marin in Corte Madera! It’s a peek at the “peak” of perfection! With all of the high-tech gadgetry this place will have the stuff to outfit your next British spy adventure! Speakers include Joe Thomer, General Manager of Mini of Marin, with our own Rob Saunders. Cameos include Mini of Marin staff Keith Ray, Chris Mans (from BMW/Mini of SF), James Willits (from BMW San Mateo), Alex Lawson (sales), Alan (sales), and various members of the Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts and Shasta Minis, including Peter Ziedrich, Jerry Del Castello, Leeta Cernohlavek, and other Miniologists! Apparently Mini of Marin will be located where the Honda dealership used to be. Penske leveled it for the location of the new MINI space, hehe. PS: Apologies in advance for any typos.
Yeah, you know we mentioned back when we posted the other two special models that there was a third one, but BMW Group kinda dropped the ball on the official release until today, when it finally came through with said info .. was the wait worth it? Oh yes.. yes indeedy, and here it is:
MINI HIGHGATE: THE EXCLUSIVE NEW SPECIAL EDITION CONVERTIBLE
Hot on the heels of the MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater comes the third in a trio of special editions for spring 2012 – the all-new MINI Highgate.
Continuing the brand’s established policy of taking the names of fashionable areas of London, the Highgate is a sophisticated new version of the drop-top Convertible.
As with all special edition MINIs, this four-seater offers a raft of unique exterior and interior features. Providing a fresh interpretation of MINI’s premium appeal and style, the Highgate is designed to take the fun and excitement of ‘wind-in-the-hair’ motoring to the next level.
The car is finished in an all-new metallic ‘Iced Chocolate’ body colour, which works perfectly with the tailored ‘Silvertouched Truffle’ fabric roof. The distinctive look is enhanced by truffle bonnet stripes with blue edging. Midnight Black metallic or White Silver metallic paintwork can be specified as an option. The door mirror caps are always finished in the same shade as the exterior.
Also unique to the MINI Highgate are 17-inch ‘Double Cross Turned’ light-alloy wheels in a subtle aluminium colour. The design team took its inspiration for the spokes from the Union Jack flag.
Inside, the ‘Dark Truffle’ Lounge Leather seats feature blue piping and contrasting stitching. MINI’s popular Chili Pack; filled with added extras like automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, multi-coloured interior lights, is standard on the Highgate special edition. Sun-touched Brushed Alloy detailing on the dashboard and the Chrome Line Interior and Exterior packages are also included. Exclusive ‘Highgate’ lettering on the side indicator surrounds, door sills and seat tags marks the car out from the crowd.
As with every MINI, customers can enhance the appeal of their car further using the extensive options list of comfort, convenience, design and technology features.
The MINI Highgate is available with four engine options; the MINI Cooper (90 kW/122 hp), MINI Cooper S (135 kW/184 hp), MINI Cooper D (82 kW/112 hp) and MINI Cooper SD (105 kW/143 hp). All are linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option.
Here’s retail pricing in UK pounds, add about another 500 for OTR:
MINI Cooper Highgate Convertible £20,665
MINI Cooper Highgate Convertible Auto £21,750
MINI Cooper D Highgate Convertible £21,855
MINI Cooper D Highgate Convertible Auto £22,940
MINI Cooper S Highgate Convertible £23,445
MINI Cooper S Highgate Convertible Auto £24,590
MINI Cooper SD Highgate Convertible £24,255
MINI Cooper SD Highgate Convertible Auto £25,400
And the pictures, 18 glorious web pictures for you to drool over before yours arrives at the dealership:
[Source: BMW Press Group UK, Feb 03 2012]
NEW MINI SOHO SPECIAL EDITION IS OUT ON THE TOWN
This summer MINI Hatch and MINI Convertible models are available in a special, limited edition called MINI Soho. Earlier this year the company announced that all MINI Special Editions will be named after London boroughs, districts, streets and landmarks.
The Soho name has been introduced to MINI Hatch and Convertible models for a limited time following the success of the popular MINI Soho Clubman edition last year. The MINI Soho edition will be available in both Cooper and Cooper D models from July until March 2012. Thanks to the MINI Cooper D Hatch’s frugal credentials it is exempt from London Congestion charging with CO2 of just 99g/km and a whopping 74.3mpg fuel consumption (on combined cycle).
[Editor's note: Yep that's better mileage than the earlier smart ForTwo CDI, for those who may be wondering.]
MINI Soho editions have exclusive ‘White Silver’ metallic paint which is not available on any other current MINI Hatch or Convertible model, and to compliment the striking paintwork the Soho is finished with 17″ Black Star Bullet alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with black interior reflectors and white indicators.
Inside the cabin the Soho has a sporty feel with Anthracite headlining, a 3-Spoke sport leather steering wheel and ‘Piano Black’ interior surfaces.
Ready for pricing? Here they are:
Model, OTR Price
MINI Cooper Soho Hatch, £16,765
MINI Cooper D Soho Hatch, £18,045
MINI Cooper Soho Convertible, £19,060
MINI Cooper D Soho Convertible, £20,135
I wonder if we’ll see these over here across the pond.. hmmm! Neato that MINI keeps doing special edition models and people are snapping them up just like the good ol’ days!
It’s here! Sweet, sexy, fun and a bit naughty!
If our earlier post wasn’t enough eye candy for you (way back when the idea started..) MINI teases us with a short little video of the new coupe!