MINI ELECTRIC: AUSTRALIAN SPECS AND PRICING

MINI Australia has announced that the first-ever, all-electric MINI will be priced at $59,900 (national drive away price). A limited number of launch special “First Edition” variants will arrive in local dealerships from August 2020. The MINI Electric Hatch is based on the three-door petrol-powered MINI Cooper S. Visually the front “grille” shape is like that of other MINIs but it’s pretty obvious it’s a dummy. It is powered by a 32.6kWh latest-generation lithium-ion battery, producing 135kW of power that provides a zero to 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 7.3… Read more

MINI COUNTRYMAN STAFFORD EDITION

MINI has introduced special edition Countryman models, tagged as the Stafford Edition to Australia. They feature John Cooper Works details inside and out it has the addition of luxury and sports packages as standard. MINI has introduced a new online configurator for the Stafford Edition Countryman. Customers can customise their favourite options and make an online deposit with the MINI dealer of their choice. Key highlights of the Cooper Countryman Stafford Edition are: • John Cooper Works Exterior Styling Kit • 18-inch John Cooper Works Grip Spoke alloy wheels •… Read more

MINI COUNTRYMAN STERLING EDITION

MINI Countryman Sterling Edition is a bespoke model produced only for the Australian and New Zealand markets, is limited to 50 vehicles; 40 for Oz and 10 for the Kiwis. At $62,900 (National drive away price) it features an elegant styling package both inside and out, MINI’s latest technology, such as large screen Navigation system with Real Time Traffic Information, MINI Connect Services and Apple CarPlay. Key highlights are based on the MINI Yours and feature: Unique paint in White Silver metallic, with roof and exterior mirrors in jet black… Read more

THE MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS GP

The MINI John Cooper Works GP is a special edition to celebrate Mini’s many motor racing achievements over extended periods. Limited to just 3,000 units it’s a follow up to the John Cooper Works GP series that sold very well in 2013 and 2006. Visually it stands out, with a wide track, large front apron and flared wheel arches, not to forget a rear wing that’s even visible even from the front of the car. Lightweight materials such as carbon fibre significantly improve the power- to-weight ratio. The 18-inch lightweight… Read more

MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS (JCW) CLUBMAN

The fastest ever production MINI, the John Cooper Works (JCW) Clubman is coming to Australia. Extensive changes to the John Cooper Works four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine makes it produce 225kW, an increase of 55kW over the previous model, and 450Nm of torque. The result is a zero to 100km/h time of just 5.1 seconds. The 55kW power increase is thanks to internal revisions including a reinforced crankshaft drive, new pistons with modified compression, adapted connecting rods with bush-less bracket, modified injection valves with increased flow rate and a newly… Read more

MINI CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL EDITIONS

At the start of the year we ran a news piece on the MINI 60 Years Edition, but reported that it would possibly be sold only in the UK, with none coming to Australia. Thankfully that didn’t happen and they are definitely on their way Downunder. The complete range isn’t coming here, but the selections we do get are very much what Australian drivers are looking for. That is, 2.0-litre petrol powered MINI Cooper and Cooper S hatches in both three- and five-door body styles. The MINI 60 Years Edition… Read more

MINI CLUBMAN UPDATED FOR 2020

Perhaps I’m easily pleased – but it intrigues me that the MINI can be bought with two, three, four, five or six doors. Six doors? I hear you ask… Yes the MINI Clubman has a split rear door of the type usually only seen on large, serious 4WDs. For the 2020 season MINI Clubman has had a solid makeover outside and in. The body has a newly designed radiator grille, LED headlights with Matrix function for the high beam. LED foglamps with driving light ring. At the rear LED lights… Read more

MINI 60TH ANNIVERSARY

In August 1959 Morris and Austin launched brand new cars called Mini-Minor and Austin Seven respectively (same car, different names, and this isn’t the place to talk about Riley and Wolseley models). They were a brilliant design, with a surprising large interior due to having an engine mounted sideways across the front, with the gearbox in the sump and driving the front wheels. All four wheels were pushed out to the corners. Though aimed at low-cost motoring for the masses the Mini was a huge success with celebrities world-wide, so… Read more

MINI MILLBROOK EDITION

MINI Australia has announced a MINI Millbrook Edition based on the John Cooper Works three-door hatch. Only 20 are coming to Australia and are priced $57,275 plus on-road costs. What MINI calls, “A vintage motorsport-inspired exterior finish” paint called Ice Blue is exclusive to the Millbrook Edition. Black 17-inch alloys work beautifully with the Ice Blue paint. The black theme continues on the roof and mirror caps. Black Line exterior trims and JCW bonnet stripes continue the theme. Additional driving lights and covers are a nod to the original Mini’s… Read more

MINI KENSINGTON EDITION

A limited edition Mini Kensington Edition is now on the Australian market. Just 60 are on offer in this country. Available on Mini Cooper and Cooper S three- and five-door hatches all are finished in a Pure Burgundy metallic hue. There are K’ badges on the side pillars. Both Kensington models have black roof and mirror caps and a black JCW roof spoiler Cooper has 16-inch black alloy wheels in ‘Victory spoke’ pattern, while 17-inch black alloy wheels in ‘Cosmos spoke’ are on the Cooper S. A large panorama sunroof… Read more