New car launches aren't slowing this year, even if most of the world is under lockdown conditions.
The latest debut comes from Mini with their special, limited-run top-down, the Convertible Sidewalk. If you're reading this in Europe, it's just in time as it's spring over there... not that you can go out and truly enjoy it.
So what did Mini do for this special edition? There's the paintwork, and it's exclusive for this variant. They call it Deep Laguna metallic, which looks like a deep shade of blue-green. There are even carbon-fiber effect stripes to add a bit of a sporty vibe too. Further differentiating it from the regular variants are the two-tone 'Scissor Spoke' 17-inch alloy wheels. It even has graphics on the top for more distinction from the standard Mini models.
There are some neat little unique touches on the inside too. Seats, door panels, and the dash top are finished in blue, which is something of a rarity these days. Bringing out more visual flair are the contrast stitches of gray and yellow strewn all over the interior. Mini even says this new special model is inspired by the cherry blossoms in Japan with its springtime theme.
It's not all show for this Mini though as it packs pretty good numbers under the hood. As it's based on the Cooper S Convertible, the Sidewalk edition is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. That means it's good for 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Those figures give the Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk a 0 to 100 km/h time of 7.1 seconds, and it even has a top speed of 230 km/h.
So while it isn't exactly the best time to go out for a spin, it's cars like these that make us look forward to the day we can all have a leisurely drive.