When Fiat launched their Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari last year it had an eye-watering price tag of £30,000 ($48,000, €33,700), which industry commentators suggested was too much for such a small car. It now costs over £37,000 ($59,000, €41,500) and is selling very well indeed, thank you very much.
Aston Martin joined the sector at the beginning of this year with their £32,000 ($51,000, €36,000) Cygnet. They too are selling, often to existing Aston owners who want a smaller, more fuel-efficient car to supplement their ‘proper’ one.
Not to be outdone, MINI has announced an über-version of their cute car too – with a price of £41,000 ($65,500, €46,000).
The MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD is a UK-market-only special edition that can be seen for the first time at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Conceived at the Rolls-Royce Design division in the factory at Goodwood, the vehicle is repainted in Diamond Black metallic, a Rolls-Royce colour, before being fitted with unique 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.
Inside the MINI the dashboard and door handles are finished in Rolls-grade Walnut Burr, the headlining, sun visors and rear storage tray are recovered with cashmere, and the floor is overlaid with deep-pile lambs’ wool mats. All of the main interior surfaces are ‘Cornsilk’ in colour – also taken from the Rolls-Royce palette.
The MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD has the l.6-litre 184 bhp (135 kW) four-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine from the MINI Cooper S, so it’s no slouch, and it comes with Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Park Distance Control, automatic air conditioning, an onboard computer, MINI Navigation and the audio system Radio MINI Visual Boost, which includes the Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system.
Available from the 30th June 2011, just 1,000 MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD models will be released for sale, all of which will benefit from MINI TLC, a 5-year servicing package. Deliveries will start in March 2012.