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by Tim Beissmann

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.




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