New city slickers: The MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater


New city slickers: The MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater

New city slickers: The MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater. Olympic host city and style capital London provides fresh design inspiration for MINI special editions. New models boast exclusive equipment and tradition-laced titles. Munich. With just months to go before the Olympic  Games get under way in the capital city of the brand’s home  country, […]

New city slickers: The MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater. Olympic host city and style capital London provides fresh design inspiration for MINI special editions. New models boast exclusive equipment and tradition-laced titles.

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Munich. With just months to go before the Olympic  Games get under way in the capital city of the brand’s home  country, MINI introduces two new special-edition models to spread  contemporary London style around the world. The latest takes on the  MINI character – the MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater  – will go on sale in spring 2012. Expressive design features and  exclusive equipment inject the cars’ exterior appearance,  interior ambience and hallmark driving fun with their own distinctive  flavours.

The MINI Baker Street embodies the youthful, fresh and  innovative trend-setting style of the brand, while the MINI Bayswater  focuses primarily on the sporting verve and agile handling for which  MINI is renowned.

Both special-edition models will be produced over a limited period  and offered for sale worldwide. The MINI Baker Street can be ordered  in MINI One, MINI Cooper, MINI One D and MINI Cooper D  guise, while the MINI Bayswater is available as a MINI Cooper, MINI  Cooper S, MINI Cooper D and MINI Cooper SD.

MINI Baker Street: an individualist with a taste for extravagance.

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New exterior and interior design details developed exclusively for  the MINI Baker Street mark out this special-edition model. The  Rooftop Grey metallic exterior paint shade combines with special  bonnet stripes whose basic colour black is given extra character by a  subtle V-shape design. 16-inch 6-Star twin-spoke light-alloy wheels  painted in high-gloss black along with matching black exterior mirror  caps present an attractive contrast to the bold, contemporary  appearance of the new exterior paintwork.

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The MINI Baker Street  can also be ordered as an option in the body shades Pepper White and  Midnight Black. In MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper D trim the roof is  painted black, while “Baker Street” lettering on the side  scuttles framing the side indicators points to the exclusive character  of this special-edition model.

In the interior a fresh interpretation of the cloth/leather seats  available for the standard MINI teams up with exclusive interior  surfaces to create an unmistakable ambience. In traditional British  style, the surfaces of the new seat variant in Cross Check Rooftop  Grey light feature a diamond pattern. Cross Check Rooftop Grey light  is also used for the surfaces of the cockpit and door trim and is  combined with a Rooftop Grey light Colour Line. Light grey contrast  stitching for the floor mats, gearshift/selector lever as well as the  handbrake gaiters and seat tags which, like the door sills, bear  “Baker Street” lettering, round off the array of bespoke  interior features. The Chrome Line Interior package adds further lustre.

The equipment list for the MINI Baker Street also includes the Pepper  Pack, which brings with it air conditioning, an on-board computer, a  leather steering wheel, the Chrome Line Exterior package, front  foglamps, a lighting package and height adjustment for the front  passenger seat. The range of optional equipment, meanwhile, offers a  host of other items with which customers can tailor their car to their  personal requirements. The range of available engine variants for the  MINI Baker Street spans the MINI One (72 kW/98 hp), MINI  Cooper (90 kW/122 hp), MINI One D  (66 kW/90 hp) and MINI Cooper D  (82 kW/112 hp). All the engines channel their power through  a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or an optional six-speed automatic.

For visitors to London and locals alike, the MINI Baker  Street’s name will be synonymous with the address of a certain  fictional hero. It is 125 years since Sherlock Holmes author Arthur  Conan Doyle released his first story with the master detective in the  title role. Today, the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds  waxworks museum can both be found just a stone’s throw from  Baker Street underground station.

MINI Bayswater: the extrovert sportsman.

The MINI Bayswater wears its inherent sporting élan and  extrovert style very much on its sleeve. The Kite Blue metallic  exterior paintwork was created exclusively for the special-edition  model, as was the interior design and 17-inch light-alloy  Sandblast wheels with high-gloss black surfaces and bright machined  rim and spoke edges. Midnight Black metallic and Eclipse Grey metallic  paint shades can be ordered for the MINI Cooper S and MINI  Cooper SD as an alternative to the new, radiant Blue finish. The  sporty appearance of the MINI Bayswater is emphasised by the black  contrasting roof and the likewise newly created Sport Stripes for the  bonnet, which streak dynamically towards the windscreen. The exterior  mirror caps carry an identical stripe design – blue on the  right-hand side of the car, grey on the left.

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“Bayswater” lettering adorns the side indicator  surrounds, door sills and seat tags. The Punch Leather seats come in  the exclusive colour variant Rocklite Anthracite and include side  bolsters sporting a metallic sheen and blue and grey contrast  stitching. Two-tone contrast stitching also adorns the  gearshift/selector lever and handbrake gaiters.

Other innovative design features in the interior include Piano Black  cockpit trim strips, which continue the path set by the Sport Stripes  over the bonnet, and the leather Colour Line elements in Rocklite  Anthracite, whose classy character is emphasised by black stitching.  The same leather variant is also used for the armrests, while the  model-specific floor mats have anthracite-coloured edging and blue  contrast stitching.

The MINI Bayswater also comes with stainless steel pedals and the  Chrome Line Interior package, and includes the Pepper Pack in its  range of equipment. Plus, the new special edition can likewise be  specified with a wide variety of items from the optional equipment  list if further individual touches are desired.

In keeping with its sporting charisma, the MINI Bayswater lines up  for action with powerful engines at its fingertips. Customers can  order their MINI Bayswater in MINI Cooper  (90 kW/122 hp), MINI Cooper S  (135 kW/184 hp), MINI Cooper D (82 kW/112 hp)  or MINI Cooper SD (105 kW/143 hp) trim. The  special-edition model is also delivered with a six-speed manual  gearbox as standard, while a six-speed automatic features in the  options range.

The MINI Bayswater takes its name from an extremely vibrant area of  London. Located to the west of the city centre – halfway between  the shopping hot spots of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill –  Bayswater is best known for its unusually high density of bars and  restaurants, not to mention the adjacent and no less famous Hyde Park.  MINI is therefore returning to the London theme to further accentuate  the link with both its home country and the fascination surrounding  the London lifestyle. Indeed, both the MINI Bayswater and MINI Baker  Street are following in the tyre tracks of a naming tradition begun by  the classic Mini and reprised more recently with the MINI Camden, MINI  Mayfair and MINI Clubman Hampton special editions.

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Published : Friday January 20, 2012

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