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New Special Edition Mini Celebrates 60 Years Of A Classic Icon

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Production will be limited to just 500 examples.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most iconic compact cars of all time: the Mini. British Motor Corporation revealed the original Mini back in 1959 on August 26, which remained in production until 2000 and went on to become the best-selling British car in history. Its chunkier successor then launched in 2000 after BMW acquired the company and is still in production today.

To celebrate this historic anniversary, Mini is building a new special edition model dubbed the Cooper S 60 Years Edition. Limited to just 500 examples, the new special edition Mini will be available to UK customers in March with a starting price of £29,990 ($38,532).

Distinguishing the Cooper S 60 Years Edition is a new British Racing Green IV paint finish and piano black exterior trim along with a black roof and exterior mirror caps, special anniversary design hood stripes, and exclusive 17-inch light alloy wheels in 60 Years Spoke two-tone.

A "60 Years" emblem has also been added to the left-hand hoof stripe, side scuttles of the turn indicators and LED logo projection from the driver's door. Every model in the UK will also be sold with an additional set of Mini spot lamps fitted to the front grille.

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Inside, the special edition car features a unique interior with the '60 Years' emblem applied to the steering wheel and front seats. The seats are finished with Mini Yours Leather Lounge in Dark Cacao with contrast seat stitching and piping that matches the new exterior paintwork. A Navigation Plus pack is also included, which adds a larger 8.8-inch touch display with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, concierge service, and wireless charging. A rear-view camera, folding exterior mirrors, and front and rear Park Distance Control are also included as part of the Comfort Plus Pack. As with all Mini hatchback models, LED front and rear lights, intelligent emergency call, ambient lighting, automatic headlights with rain sensor come as standard.

Like the regular Cooper S, the 60 Years Edition is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four that produces 189 hp. In the UK, the unit is paired exclusively to a seven-speed automatic transmission. As well as marking the Mini's 60th anniversary, this year represents the start of a new era for the iconic hatchback as the first-ever fully electric Mini is expected to launch in 2019 to coincide with the anniversary.

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