Mini Inspired By Goodwood: Long name, way cool car

12 May 2011 | 2,030 views | No Comment
Mini Cooper's gift for personality changes and variations continues  at a fever pitch. The latest example is the Mini inspired by Goodwood, which bowed at the Auto Shangai 2011 auto show a few weeks ago. If you know anything about cars, the Goodwood name is known as the home of  Rolls-Royce.  It's a  product of collaboration withthe Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design team at the development center of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.  The result is a limited production special edition MINI, with plenty of inspiration and cues inside and out to call the hallowed name of Rolls Royce to the minds of Mini enthusiasts. hose exterior and interior design is inspired by fine materials and the British luxury car marque’s commitment to absolutely flawless workmanship.     The car "combines typical MINI driving fun with discerning craftsmanship, select materials and a styling marked by typical British understatement of the world’s leading producer of luxury automobiles. Deliveries of the 2012 model year vehicle, which will launch as part of the exclusive MINI Yours product line, are scheduled to start in spring 2012," a news release says. A look inside the car shows "a  harmonious color concept, selected materials and a production quality characterized by precise craftsmanship that  guarantee the highest degree of well-being and comfort," the news release says. The dashboard, including the surrounds of the central instrument and the air vents, the center console, carpet surfaces, the Lounge leather seats, the roof lining as well as the door, side and body pillar cladding use  the exclusive Rolls-Royce color Cornsilk, a warm and natural shade of beige. Only the upper section of the instrument panel, which is lined with extremely high-quality, soft full-grain leather, is in black. The dashboard and door handle surfaces are manufactured in Goodwood and finished in Walnut Burr, a wood quality also exclusive to Rolls-Royce. The black nappa leather dashboard top, Tipped Leather Cornsilk door linings as well as Piano Black surface finishes for the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and the controls below the central instrument all provide additional quality-enhancing accents. The veneers are selected at the Goodwood factory exclusively forthe Mini Inspired by Goodwood, and the matching black dials for the speedometer and rev counter bear the same typeface as their Rolls-Royce counterparts. Two of the most striking features of the exterior design are the body finish in the exclusive Rolls-Royce color Diamond Black metallic and 17-inch light alloy wheels sporting a multi-spoke design. Alternatively, the MINI color variant Reef Blue metallic can be specified as an option. "The chosen paint shade is also used for the exterior mirror caps and roof spoiler of the car. The exclusivity of the special-edition model is also reflected in its body design. The car’s front and rear apron are the same as those found on the MINI Cooper S, but are combined with the bonnet from the MINI Cooper D. Rather than carrying over the air scoop of the MINI Cooper S, it boasts a harmoniously flowing surface which underlines the stylishly elegant appearance of the Mini inspired by Goodwood," a news release says. There are also high-class aluminum badges stamped with the lettering “MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD” on the side indicator surrounds above the front wheel arches and on the door sills. Another badge, also featuring the legend “One of 1000”, can be found on the  console in front of the gearshift lever (or selector lever, if the automatic gearbox is specified). Beyond the signature features of the special-edition model, the standard equipment fitted in the MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD also meets the highest expectations of a premium car. The MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD’s range of high-quality equipment offered as standard also includes Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Park Distance Control, automatic air conditioning, an onboard computer and the audio system Radio MINI Visual Boost, which includes the Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system. The Mini inspired by Goodwood is powered by a turbocharged l.6-liter four-cylinder engine that was featured for the first time in the 2011 MINI Cooper S. The engine includes a Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct injection and variable valve control.The 1.6-liter drive unit generates 181 hp.  EPA fuel economy ratings are 35 mpg highway / 27 mpg city / 30 mpg combined (manual transmission). As an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD can also be ordered as an option with a six-speed automatic. The special-edition car will be built at the Oxford Mini plant, where the Mini hardtop, Clubman and Convertible are built.

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