Mini Goodwood packs the heart of a Rolls-Royce for Shanghai
14 April 2011
A joint effort between the two subsidiaries of BMW in England, the Mini Insipired by Goodwood (named for the home of Rolls-Royce) is set to be unveiled shortly at the Shanghai Motor Show. Mechanically, it's essentially a Mini Cooper S, packing the same 1.6-liter turbocharged four with 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque (192 hp on overboost).
The exterior is distinguished by Diamond Black Metallic – a color straight from the Rolls-Royce catalog (or alternatively, Mini's own Reef Blue Metallic) – with 17-inch multi-spoke alloys and the requisite special badging. But like a Disney character seeking access to a secret, lion-shaped desert cave, it's what's inside that counts: Rolls-Royce craftsmen have collaborated with the Mini Yours custom orders department to trim the Cooper's cabin out in Cornsilk leather, Walnut Burr wood trim, black Nappa leather upper dashboard, thick-pile carpeting... the works, in other words – everything you'd expect from a Rolls-Royce cabin, only smaller.
There's a lot to love here, but try not to love it too much: only 1,000 examples will be made, and as with all BMW-related option packages, we're sure it won't be cheap. Even though deliveries start about a year from now, we see this car going down a storm, so you'd better get your order in quick.