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Mini Borrows One Of Rolls-Royce's Coolest Designs

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And it won't cost you nearly as much as a Ghost limousine, either.

There's a few things that Mini and Rolls-Royce share in common. They're both part of the BMW group, of course, they're both based in the UK, and they both present an upscale proposition (albeit at polar-opposite ends of the luxury marketplace). But now they share one more element.

Mini is now offering a new option that keeps the logo at the center of its wheels oriented upright, whether the vehicle has stopped or is in motion, no matter how much the wheel around it has turned. It's a page that it's taken right out of its sister-brand Rolls-Royce's playbook.

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Rather than offering it as an option on new vehicles, the floating wheel hub is an aftermarket accessory that any Mini owner can order direct from the manufacturer's online store or from their local dealer, and it's available with either the Mini or the John Cooper Works logo. Plus it can ostensibly be installed on any model that Mini makes or has made, regardless of which wheel option they originally had fitted.

It's a subtle yet elegant and unique styling element that Rolls-Royce has been fitting to its high-end vehicles for years already, but now comes to its rather more accessible counterpart.

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Rare as it is, this isn't the first time we've seen Mini borrow from Rolls-Royce. Earlier in this decade, Mini offered the Inspired by Goodwood edition (pictured below), finished in deep Diamond Black or Reef Blue metallic paint, with 17" alloys, and an interior decked out in Cornsilk full-grain leather, walnut burr trim, deep-pile carpeting, and other elements you'd expect to find in a Rolls-Royce... only applied to a much smaller vehicle. Just 1,000 examples were made, priced at over $50,000 – over twice the sticker of the standard Cooper S on which it was based. These wheel hubs, though, only cost $91.

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