It’s not even Thursday, yet Mini has revealed what’s essentially one big, tonne and a bit throwback. And we rather like it - it has a commendable cutesy/cool thing going.
It’s the Mini 1499 GT, and as you’ve probably gathered from the image above, it’s a not-so-subtle homage to the old 1275 GT version of the original Mini. That car shirked the standard 998cc engine for a pokier lump displacing a massive 1275cc. The new car is - as you’d expect - fitted with a 1499cc engine.
It’s BMW’s turbocharged inline-three, here putting out 101bhp. 0-62mph happens in a leisurely but not sluggish 10.1 seconds. No different to the standard car, but the GT does have a sportier suspension setup.
Also separating it from the boggo Mini is the the John Cooper Works Sport Pack, which is fitted as standard. It includes 17-inch black alloy wheels, window tints, white indicators plus JCW front/rear bumpers, side skirts and a boot spoiler.
You can have it in either Pepper White with black 1499 GT graphics, or Midnight Black with gold decals. It’s available order now, priced at £16,990 and limited to 1499 units.