If you’ve shied away from MINI because they just didn’t use enough burled walnut and lambswool carpeting in their cars, you’ll want to pay close attention to their display at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2011.
MINI has announced the MINI Inspired by Goodwood model, an ultra-luxury, limited-edition version of the Cooper built under the supervision of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. As you’d expect with that kind of influence, the MINI Inspired by Goodwood is a rolling testament to British luxury. Inside, the special MINI gets a Rolls-Royce Cornsilk colored interior, complete with leather seating, leather door linings, a Cashmere roof lining and thick wool floor mats as used in Rolls-Royce automobiles. The dash top is finished in black nappa leather, and Walnut Burr (previously exclusive to Rolls-Royce) is used in the dash trim and door handles. Tasteful piano black is used for the center console controls and steering wheel buttons.
On the outside, the limited-production MINI wears Rolls-Royce Diamond Black paint and unique 17-inch, multi-spoke wheels. The MINI Inspired by Goodwood doesn’t skimp on options, either: the standard package features also include adaptive xenon headlamps, automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon sound system, MINI’s Park Distance Control and the 1.6-liter, 184-horsepower twin-scroll turbo engine from the current MINI Cooper S.
Pricing and market availability has yet to be announced, but MINI will cap production at just 1,000 units. If you want one for your own garage, it’s best to make friends with your local MINI dealer as soon as possible.