2021 Mini Cooper 1499 GT Puts a Modern, Rare Spin on an Old Mini
Not the type to be afraid of special editions, Mini introduces another unique vehicle to its range. The 2021 Mini Cooper 1499 GT is a very limited edition car with a black and gold exterior, a dressy interior, and – surprisingly – a pretty decent price tag.
The 1499 GT model pays homage to the 1969 Mini 1275 GT. While the original had gold paint and black side graphics, the 1499 GT flips the color scheme. Its black paint job is complemented by a black grille, black door handles, black headlight rings, and black rings surrounding the Union Jack pattern taillights. It also gets the John Cooper Works styling pack with special bumpers, side skirts, a two-level spoiler and door entry plates. To top it off, 17-inch black wheels paired with all-season tires.
Under the hood, the 1499 GT uses the famous 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. This mill produces a humble 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque for a top speed of 130 mph. Thirty copies will have a six-speed manual transmission, while the remaining 120 will come with a seven-speed dual clutch.
Take a look inside and you’ll find JCW sport seats finished in fabric and Dinamica, a recyclable microfiber. Mini also gave the cabin piano black accents and red stitching on the steering wheel. Tech benefits include a 6.5-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a digital dash display. How much will it cost? A not unreasonable $ 27,890. This is for the manual; add $ 1,250 if you opt for the dual-clutch automatic transmission. Act fast, though – Mini limits the 1499 GT to 150 for the US market.
Meanwhile, Mini is bringing back the Countryman Oxford Edition for 2021, and it’s getting your money’s worth. Prices start at $ 27,350, or $ 2,000 more for ALL4 models. Mini says the Oxford Edition comes standard with $ 5,600 of “free” equipment that would otherwise be optional. This model upgrades to an 8.8-inch screen, leatherette upholstery, panoramic sunroof and rear parking distance control. Several exterior color choices are available, including British Racing Green IV Metallic. Roofs and mirrors in contrasting color are also available.
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