MINI launch special GT model | New Release

Joanna Estrada
October 12, 2017

The new MINI 1499 GT is created to evoke memories of the sporty 1275 GT version released in 1969, and like its predecessor the new model boasts a more potent engine than standard MINIs.

Under the bonnet, the 1499 GT debuts a new 1.5 litre TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder petrol engine - essentially a detuned version of the Cooper's mill, Autocar reports - mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It is only offered in black or white, with the side stripe in gold or black accordingly.

The latest special edition to join the MINI UK line-up celebrates the brand's rich heritage with a nod to one of the best known sporty classic Minis of all time, the 1275 GT.

In the 1499 GT, the new engine produces 102hp and takes the auto through 62mph from rest in 10.1 seconds.

A John Cooper Works Sport Pack is added, consisting of 17in black alloy wheels, dark tinted windows and white indicator lenses, while the auto also gains a JCW styling pack of bespoke front and rear bumpers, side skirts, spoiler and door kick plates.

Inside, there are sports seats upholstered in leather and Dinamica microfibre, a JCW multifunction steering wheel with Chilli Red stitching, cruise control and a Visual Boost radio with MINI Connected smartphone connectivity. Mechanically the only other change over the standard vehicle is the addition of sports suspension.

Mini says that the 1499 GT recalls the "entertaining drive, distinctive styling and low running costs of the 1969 original". Mini is also offering a deal - £299 deposit and £299 per month for the next 48 months, with a 10,000-mile annual limit and included insurance. The order books are now open, with a production run stretching from November until February. The 1499 has an equipment upgrade over the standard auto, too, featuring cruise control, air conditioning and "Connected" smartphone compatibility.

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