The MINI brand has quite the following and a range of products that can support those looking for something small and fun to high-performance to all-wheel drive. You might be familiar with the John Coopers Works model that designates the highest of high performance MINI models and the history that is behind it. However, you might not have ever noticed that MINI doesn’t have a luxury specific version of their MINI Cooper models. That is all about to change according to Autocar
in the UK.
The first showing of an uber luxury model with the Goodwood badging showed up at the Shanghai auto show as the “MINI Inspired by Goodwood.” The car was based on the Cooper S with unique styling cues and trim options that were designed “in close collaboration” with Rolls-Royce. Why Goodwood? The name pays tribute to the Rolls-Royce headquarters.
The Goodwood edition is set to be built in a 1,000-unit limited edition and go on sale sometime in the spring of 2012. The cost will also resemble the Rolls-Royce brand according to the rumor mill with an expected cost of some $70,000. For the added premium you will get the same materials used on a Rolls-Royce including two colors—Diamond Black metallic or Mini’s Reef Blue. The interior isn’t your standard MINI with the entire dashboard, center consol and seats finished in Rolls Cornsilk leather and expected wood trim. The gauges will even get the standard RR fonts.
Take that Aston Martin Cygnet.
[Source: Autocar and Carscoop]