Mini Rolls Out Two New Special Editions & We Want Both

Expect Mini Coopers’ just released 1499 GT Special Edition and the Mini Countryman Oxford Edition to stoke excitement among its fans. The automaker has only about 0.21 percent of the U.S. market share, but Mini owners are loyal. I had weekly invitations to drive my own Union Jack-decorated Mini Coupe to an array of enthusiast events or buy bling that harkened back to the Mini’s 1959 birth.

The spunky Mini didn’t arrive in the U.S. until 2002, and I can tell you there are plenty of owners that want to use meetups and all manner of British accessories to relive the Mini’s true glory days. These two special editions have surely been in the development pipeline for years, but fate was truly on the automaker’s side with this announcement date. What better time to introduce two nostalgic models than in this era of longing for years past?

Mini built the 1499 GT to pay homage to the iconic 1275 GT from 1969. The other special edition is the Mini Countryman Oxford Edition. The Countryman is Mini’s best-selling U.S. model, and this new edition jazzes up the offering. Let’s take a quick look at both, starting with the 1499 GT.

Mini Cooper 1499 GT

You’ll find this model in Midnight Black Metallic with gold stripes and black accents on the grille, door handles, and headlight rings. The automaker has added Union Jack taillights, which are sure to be a selling point. It also has a Mini John Cooper Works styling package with extras such as a split-level spoiler and a perforated steering wheel with red stitching. The model has 17-inch Track Spoke Black wheels with all-season tires.

Under the hood is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft. of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission and comes standard with a third pedal. Buyers can opt for a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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