• Jun 6, 2009
Park Lane Rolls Royce MINI - click for gallery

People love to imagine bigger and better things for the long-running MINI. Whether it's a new Speedster version or a revived MINI Moke, the platform inspires daydreaming. Apparently, it aspires, too, to a more pimped-out existence. Rumors of a Rolls Royce-branded MINI have been floating around recently, stoked most recently by a series of pictures taken recently at London's famous Park Lane MINI dealership. Sadly, this is not a production Rolls-Royce MINI. Instead, this is a MINI made for "a recent dealer event," and a MINI spokesperson told theSwitchback that a MINI Rolls has not yet been approved for production. Sorry. Still, anyone who's going to do any speculation about the MINI/Rolls-Royce collaboration could use this car as inspiration: it's got magnolia-colored leather practically everywhere, including the roof lining and the air vent bezels. Everything else is covered in walnut wood and glossy piano-black trim. It may not be a production preview, but it sure is a pretty MINI.




[Source: Total MINI via MotoringFile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Like sitting in a bath tub looking at a set of scales!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mini with painted wheel arches never looks right to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So does it cost half a million dollars and has a MINI fridge in the back? Umbrellas in the door frames?

      • 5 Years Ago
      That's so profoundly uncreative.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As if the mini was not expensive enough to begin with. So cute though!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rolls with elastic netted seatback pockets?

      Let's go upscale, but leave in the seatbacks from a 96 Cavalier.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why they would get RR involved with MINI is beyond me. Horrible idea
        • 5 Years Ago
        Brand dilution? BMW owns both companies. It'd be like a Golf Brooklands. Well except not, VAG does a good job of managing their brands. This isn't at all unlike the 500's alfa's fiat/alfa is prepping for alfa/ferrari dealers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know BMW is the parent company of both RR and MINI but it doesn't mean they should mix them, the two brands have very different ideas of what a car should be. I am all for a better interior in a MINI but they shouldn't use the RR name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I concur, I don't think BMW entirely cares, I do think they're very concerned with their numbers right now and may begin do whatever they need to in an attempt to increase margin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i concur, the materials inside this mini are better than the average 500, the color scheme and their use in preference to the usual cheap bits simply feel like the 500. pity the standard mini doesn't exude this sort of quality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Left hand drive?
      • 5 Years Ago
      me like
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