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Mini releases two new special editions

Are they going to run out of London streets soon?

As the 2012 Olympics approaches Mini has used the opportunity to promote its sponsorship of the event with a couple of new special editions that are inspired by London. The Mini Baker Street & Mini Bayswater special editions both get their names from the famous London streets and receive an array of exclusive trimmings.

First up is the Mini Baker Street special edition, it takes its name from the famous street which is now one of the busiest shopping areas in London and originally gained its fame from fictional detective Sherlock Holmes – currently in the spotlight with a BBC series and big budget Hollwood sequel.

It features an exclusive Rooftop Grey metallic paint, twin black stripes on the bonnet and is treated to a set of 16-inch ‘6-Star' twin-spoke light alloy wheels. Pepper White or Midnight Black body colours are available as options. It can be ordered in the guise of the Mini One, One D, Cooper or Cooper D with pricing starting at £16,365 for the base Mini One Baker Street.

The Mini Bayswater special edition is named after the vibrant area that is close to Hyde Park between the stylish Knightsbridge and Notting Hill areas. It is reserved only for the higher performing models of the Mini range: the Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD models.

It is recognisable by its Kite Blue metallic paint with blue and grey Sport Stripes on the bonnet and its 17-inch light alloy ‘Sandblast' wheels. Pricing for the Mini Bayswater special edition starts at £18,565 for the Cooper Bayswater.

These special editions may be rather cynical in their execution but the Mini brand can seemingly do no wrong in the eyes of the buying public. Sales are still on the up, with new models putting the brand into segments previously absent. The current range stands at the Mini hatchback, Mini Clubman, Mini Countryman, Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster. This will be bolstered in the next year or two with a model smaller than the Hatchback and the Paceman – a 3dr coupe version of the Countryman.

Images courtesy of Mini

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more