The unique matt finish is created using a complex manufacturing process exclusive to the BMW Group and is being applied for the first time by production partner Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, where the Mini Countryman and Paceman models are assembled.
BMW Group Australia corporate communications general manager Lenore Fletcher says the local division is in the process of ordering five matt-finished Mini models and expects them to land around March 2014, with pricing to be confirmed closer to their arrival. Fletcher says the matt finish may be offered on other models in the future.
The Frozen Black Metallic surface treatment comprises a base layer for corrosion prevention and grip, the colour layer and a clear lacquer finish with added silicates to create the matt impression and the velvet-effect look and feel.
Model-specific front and rear panels and mirror caps are finished separately from the core body panels.
Without giving a specific number, Mini says production will be limited to a “restricted number of cars” due to the labour-intensive process required to apply the Frozen Black Metallic finish.
Mini says the paint is completely weather- and car wash-resistant but does require “special care” with specific BMW Group cleaning products as spot cleaning with wax and polish can leave an unwanted gloss effect.