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Eccentric British manufacturer Mini has announced its entry into Australia’s ultra-exclusive luxury city car segment, confirming it will bring 10 special edition Mini Inspired by Goodwood vehicles to our shores.

Developed under the guidance of the Rolls-Royce design team, the Mini Goodwood is priced from $74,500 before on-roads, making it the most expensive light car in the country.

The Mini Goodwood exceeds the $69,990 asking price for Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari and could top the Toyota iQ-based Aston Martin Cygnet, which is expected to cost around $60,000-$70,000 when it arrives in Australia in the second half of 2012.

 

The Goodwood special edition – first revealed at the Auto Shanghai motor show in April 2011 – is based on the Mini Cooper S hatch, which is more than $30,000 cheaper. The Goodwood ditches the bonnet scoop for a more “regal presence”, and also scores liquid-effect diamond black metallic paint and 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

The real magic is on show inside, however. Cornsilk leather adorns the doors, instrument panel, knee rolls, centre console and rear door trim, while cashmere is used for the headliner, sun visors, parcel shelf and pillars.

 

There’s also a leather-bound steering wheel, chrome switches and rich walnut veneer wood grain finishes, but our favourite feature has to be the Rolls-Royce lambswool floor mats, which Mini says are “taken from only the happiest and most handsome lambs”.

Also standard in the special edition Mini Goodwood is a six-speed automatic transmission, satellite navigation, voice control and a Harmon/Kardon audio system.

 

With a combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.0 litres per 100km, the Goodwood also dodges the luxury car tax.

It’s been an offer too good to refuse for eight Australians, who have already snapped up a Goodwood of their own. The remaining two are still available, but are likely to go fast.

The Mini Inspired by Goodwood has been limited to 1000 vehicles around the world.




  • Charles, Prince Charles

    I am sure they have already sold out… Minis are fantastic cars as they are… This is just the epitome…

    • Doninaustralia

      i bought the LAST one available in OZ
      ps I also have a ’61 mini – owned and restored over the last 20 years

      • MINI_CS

        Couldn’t have been the last one available because I just brought one today.

        • Doninaustralia

          I understand they are on a ship and will arrive mid/late June ..

          • MINI_CS

            Mine is here now It is sitting in the showroom we will take delivery this week.

          • MINI_CS

            I now have my Goodwood at home… It is an awesome thing. It also has a roommate a Chilli Red JCW Clubman.

          • MINI_CS

            Did you pickup your Goodwood yet?

  • Al

    If i were a millionaire and could easily throw away $75k, i’d take one of these (to match my Rolls), an Abarth 500 Tributo Ferrari (to match the 599) and a Cygnet…

  • Ima Hogg

    That wood finish is awfull. To buy it you have to have more money than sense.

  • Jimbob

    “Eccentric British manufacturer Mini” – “Non-eccentric German manufacturer BMW” you mean…

  • Force-15

    Am I the only one who gets reminded of the Riley Elf and Woseley Hornet then they see this? (Or have I been reading too many ‘world’s worst cars’ books?)

  • MisterZed

    Mini owners are quite wealthy, apparently.  The other day I saw one with the license plate “20″.  That plate would cost many, many times what the actual car is worth.

    • GlamTrotter

      Not all Mini owners are wealthy. We just have good taste, style, class, sophistication and well traveled. We don’t follow trends and are born leaders. I always wanted a mini a Pre-owned Mini Goodwood. Dreams do come true.

  • Rushmi Mehta

    Amazing.  Check out the video for Toyota’s Virtual Booth from the NAIAS auto show.  Click below.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVCNbXknUxg

  • jr

    i’ll pass thanks

  • MINI_CS

    I have 2 Mini’s now I would love one of these… mmmm maybe sell the 2 Minis… 

    • Doninaustralia

      I have a 61(sliding window Round nose) owned and restored over the last 20 years..and a BMW cooper S  ..and I put a deposit on the LAST GoodWood available
      Don

      • MINI_CS

        The wife wouldn’t let me sell the Cooper S… Enjoy the Goodwood lucky bugga.

        • Doninaustralia

          IT’S way TOO much luxury for me to take the dog to the beach in..I have ordered prestige plates “MINI RR”…i will enjoy until i clock up 2500 KLMs ..then ‘pass it on

    • Doninaustralia

      IT’S way TOO much luxury for me to take the dog to the beach in..I have ordered prestige plates “MINI RR”…i will enjoy until i clock up 2500 KLMs ..then ‘pass it on”

      • MINI_CS

        I have RR MINI on the way. BTW have you been told you now get free servicing for 3 years… I made some noise and Mini Australia gave all Goodwood owners free servicing for the 3 years.

        • Doninaustralia

          mine arrives brisbane 3 july… i am adding chrome mirror covers and chrome slat grill. thanx for heads up about 3 year service …confirmed !

          • MINI_CS

            Are you a member of ClubMini or one of the other Mini Clubs? On the Mini Australia facebook page there is a feature on my Goodwood.

  • Birty_B

    I love it, Cornsilk Leather, Cashmere, Lambswool and they STILL couldn’t colour coat the wheel arches haha. 

    • Doninautralia

      you wouldn’t really want to have a “touch-up” on stone chips on the Rolls “liquid Black paint”…hence traditional wheel surrounds ……

  • KKG

    We still have one available!

  • Doninaustralia

    I have one of 2 known in Qld ….mmmm the smell and trim exceeds expectations !