Marcus De Guzman / Mini | October 13, 2017 13:30
Mini pays tribute to the 1275 GT with limited-run 1499 GT Edition
Mini continues to pay homage to their cars of yesteryear after coming up with the limited-run 1499 GT Edition. Essentially a nod to the classic 1275 GT, the new limited edition model gets exclusive John Cooper Works (JCW) exterior and interior styling along with new standard features.
All 1,499 examples of the 1499 GT Edition will get a JCW Sport Pack that will come with 17-inch Track Spoke alloy wheels, unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a rear spoiler. In addition, the hatchback also receives dark-tinted windows and white indicator lenses, as well as JCW door sill plates.
Only two colors can be specified for the speical edition hatchback; Midnight Black with gold decals and Pepper White with black decals. There is also a unique decal on the bottom doors which is reminiscent on the original 1275 GT.
Inside, the hatchback gets JCW sport seats upholstered in Dinamica and leather. Meanwhile, the three-spoke steering wheel comes with perforated leather and Chili Red contrast stitching. Finally, splashes of piano black and carbon fiber trim accents give the hatchback a more upscale feel.
Since it is based off the Mini One, it comes with a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 102 PS and 180 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to a six-speed manual that benefits from rev-matching technology. Giving the hatchback better handling, on the other hand, comes courtesy of a sports suspension.
As mentioned earlier, only 1,499 examples of the special edition hatchback will be made and is exclusive only to the UK market. Moreover, the 1499 GT Edition will only have a production run from November 2017 until February 2018.