And an online-only order process.
Mini, that actually-German marque hiding behind a very British backstory (where have we heard that one before), is bringing an exclusive run of special-edition hatchbacks that, believe it or not, are even more British than the regular Mini already is. It’s called the Mini Kensington which, despite being named after a West London green-lung that’s existed in some form of another since the time of King Henry VIII, is taking a decidedly-modern approach in its purchase experience.
Just 60 Mini Kensingtons will arrive on Australian shores, split evenly between Cooper & Cooper S variants, each offered in either 3-door or 5-door bodystyles (so it’s 15 of each). As befitting a special edition, the Kensington models will receive a host of unique upgrades that work in concert with normally-optional kit that have been thrown in as part of the drive-away price (which starts at $41,900).
All models will be finished in a unique ‘Pure Burgundy’ metallic red hue, set off by black alloy wheels (16-inchers on the Cooper and an inch larger for Cooper S models). The exterior is further marked by a smattering of ‘Kensington’ badges, and a pair of K monograms that adorn the B-pillars. You also get a black contrasting finish on the roof & door mirrors, and a JCW-spec roof spoiler.
Open the doors and you are greeted by a pair of chrome Kensington door sill plates, which are also illuminated. All Kensington cars also get the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic as standard, as well as LED headlights, Union Jack taillights, city-speed autonomous emergency braking, collision warning, automatic high-beam, speed-sign recognition, and climate control. You also get a panoramic sunroof, which helps alleviate any risk of claustrophobia.
You also get the premium Navigation Plus infotainment system, displayed on an 8.8-inch central screen. That screen is flanked by piano black surfaces, peppered by chrome highlights, black headliner, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The seats themselves are a black fabric/leather combination on Cooper cars, but Cooper S models get full black leather upholstery.
To purchase a Mini Kensington, you’ll have to book it on the official website. Once there, you will be able to select the model you want, and put down a $4000 deposit. With that done, the site will ask you to select your preferred dealership for handover. However, knowing that we all tend to buy stupid stuff online, there’s a 3-day cooling-off period once you place your deposit where you can opt for a full refund.
|Mini Cooper Kensington Edition||3-Door||$41,900|
|Mini Cooper Kensington Edition||5-Door||$43,150|
|Mini Cooper S Kensington Edition||3-Door||$52,900|
|Mini Cooper S Kensington Edition||5-Door||$54,150|