Both cost less than $30,000.
Mini recently announced a slew of changes to its 2021 model year lineup, and has now introduced two new special edition models. Dubbed the 1499 GT Special Edition, the first is based on the 2021 Mini Cooper Hardtop. Mini says the new special edition model (pictured below) harkens back to the Mini 1275 GT of 1969, and comes finished in Midnight Black Metallic exterior paint with distinctive gold side stripes. It also features other black accents, including the grille frame, door handles, and headlight rings.
Helping to differentiate it from other Cooper Hardtop models, the 1499 GT Special Edition is the only non-John Cooper Works Mini to come with the JCW styling package. which adds more aggressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, door entry plates, and a rear spoiler.
Under the hood, the 1499 GT gets a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine delivering 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, bringing the car to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and on to a 130 mph top speed. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch. Only 30 of the 150 cars coming to the US will come equipped with three pedals.
Inside, the 1499 GT comes well-equipped with JCW Sports seats wrapped in Carbon Black Dinamica cloth, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chili Red stitching, Piano Black accents, dual-zone automatic climate controls, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen navigation system. All of this special edition goodness comes at $27,040 plus an $840 destination and handling fee.
With so few units offered, you may wonder if there's still a chance to snag a 1499 GT. "We have a handful of dealerships that have already taken pre-orders," said Vikash Joshi, Mini Product Planning Specialist. "There may be some areas in the country where the vehicles have not been pre-ordered yet, and there may be a chance that a customer comes in and falls in love with it.
The 2021 Mini Cooper Countryman also receives a new variant called the Oxford Edition. Like the Hardtop Oxford Edition, this model bundles a slew of popular options at a more affordable price. Available as either a Cooper or Cooper ALL4, the Oxford Edition includes all of the equipment of a Classic Trim such as leatherette seats, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, panoramic sunroof, and an 8.8-inch display.
Mini will offer the Countryman Oxford Edition in a choice of six colors: British Racing Green IV metallic, Midnight Black metallic, White Silver metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Chili Red, and Island Blue metallic.
The FWD starts at $26,500, while the ALL4 model with AWD costs $28,500. Opting for this model essentially rolls in $5,600 worth of optional equipment at no extra cost.