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 is fitted to all models.

Kensington has the Mini Active and Mini Excitement packages installed as standard. Active Package has LED headlights with Union Jack tail lights. Excitement Package has white indicator lenses, automatic climate control and wireless phone charging (already standard on Cooper S).

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Cloth and leather combination upholstery in Diamond Carbon Black is used in the Cooper. The Cooper S features Mini Yours Lounge Leather upholstery in Carbon Black.

All have a Mini Yours Leather steering wheel, Chrome Line interior highlights, piano black interior surfaces and anthracite interior headliner. The Cooper S has heated front seats.

All are powered by turbo-petrol engines; the Cooper has a three-cylinder 1.5-litre unit, the Cooper S gets a four-cylinder 2.0-litre.

Cooper Kensington models have a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. Cooper S upgrades this to a seven-speed sports double-clutch unit. Perhaps not surprisingly in a classy model like this there is no six-speed manual gearbox on offer.

Customers can order their Kensington Edition online at They specify the model they want and place an initial deposit online. This information is sent to their preferred dealership to facilitate the sales process.

Cooper 3-door Hatch Kensington Edition: $41,900
Cooper S 3-door Hatch Kensington Edition: $52,900
Cooper 5-door Hatch Kensington Edition: $43,150
Cooper S 5-door Hatch Kensington Edition: $54,150
Note: These are driveaway prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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