2012 Mini Cooper Highgate Special Edition: Another Attempt to Eventually Use All London Suburb Names
Another day, another Mini special edition to slowly milk the United Kingdom of all of its Britishisms for its new products. It was the Baker Street and Bayswater coupes. This month, it's the 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible Highgate, a luxury-lined convertible version of the Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S named after a hoity-toity suburb of London. Next month, the Hackney edition—named for the most crime-filled part of London—will come without door locks or the need for an ignition key. OK, we made up that last one. According to Mini, the 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible Highgate is the perfect stage with which to "combine open-top driving fun with sophisticated individuality and an essential dose of Brit-cool." Yeah, what they said. What it comes with are body-colored mirror caps, alloy wheels inspired by the Union Jack flag, "Dark Truffle" leather seats with blue piping, stainless steel pedals and alloy interior trim, and other subtle details throughout the interior and exterior. Pricing for the Highgate edition comes in at $28,400, including destination and handling, for the standard 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder Mini Cooper Convertible, which is $2750 more than the standard car. Optioned as a Mini Cooper S model, it sports the brand's 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine. It starts at a $2500 premium over the standard 2012 Mini Cooper S Convertible at $31,150. Both versions come standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic. If you're interested in it and don't want to wait for another flurry of special edition Mini Coopers to come your way before deciding, Mini says the 2012 Mini Cooper Highgate edition will be available in showrooms starting this spring. Source: Mini
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