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by Sam Rawlings

Mini has revealed a special-edition variant of its Cooper and Cooper S hatches, dubbed ‘Mini Seven’.

The new special pays homage to the original Austin Seven, which, along with the Morris Mini, ushered in production of the iconic small car over 50 years ago – well before BMW took over the Mini marque.

Due to launch in European markets soon, the special-edition Seven package will be available on both the three- and five- door versions of the car, adding a number of interior and exterior enhancements.

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Customers will be able to have the car finished in a number of colours, including Lapisluxury Blue, which the company says is “the most intensive blue tone ever applied to the body of a Mini”.

Also available are Pepper White, Midnight Black and British Racing Green. No matter the colour choice, the roof and side mirrors are finished off in Melting Silver, giving the Mini Seven a distinctive two-tone look.

The interior is offered in a Diamond Malt Brown fabric/leather finish unique to the Seven, or a full leather-wrapped interior in Cross Punch Carbon Black, Lounge Satellite or Lounge Carbon Black.

The dash can also be finished in four different trims: Piano black as standard, or in optional Dark Cottonwood, Fibre Alloy or Off-White.

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A bespoke ‘7’ insignia will also adorn parts of the Mini, including the front quarter panels and kick plates.

The Seven comes with 17-inch alloy wheel as standards, with upgraded 18-inch wheels also available as an option.

An additional ‘Chili’ package can also be fitted to the Mini Seven. It comes with heated driver and front passenger seats, a panoramic glass roof, windscreen heating, a Harmon/Kardon speaker system, park distance control and heated side mirrors. Also featuring is a Chrono Package instrument cluster, showing air and oil pressure.

The Chili package also offers features including LED headlights, tail lights and fog lamps as well as a multi-functional sports steering wheel finished in leather.

Power and performance will remain unchanged, meaning that the current Mini range’s engines and handling designs will feature without any additional tweaks. This is purely a styling exercise.

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Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice this week, Mini Australia’s Lenore Fletcher said that while there is yet no confirmation that the Mini Seven will be available locally, the company “is always looking for new opportunities to extend” its line-up.

Fletcher added that the company’s Australian arm is very interested in the Mini Seven and, should a local offering be confirmed, it could land in early 2017.

Pricing for the Mini Seven is yet to be announced, but will likely come when the special edition becomes available to certain markets later this year.

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