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Tasteful application or shameless marketing ploy – say what you will about the Goodwood edition Mini, but it's here to stay. According to reports, the retro hatchback trimmed out by Rolls-Royce craftsmen is just the first of many.

Although the special-edition "Mini Inspired by Goodwood" – borrowing its handle from the ancestral home of the Spirit of Ecstasy – will initially be produced in a limited run of 1000 examples, word has it that the name will be applied to an entire range of top-of-the-line offerings. In that way, the Goodwood range will parallel the performance-oriented John Cooper Works trim level as the luxury-oriented pinnacle model for Mini.

So should we be expecting Goodwood editions of the Convertible, Clubman, Countryman and the various other Mini body styles in the pipeline? It would seem that way. But while their interiors may be festooned with plush cornsilk leather and glossy burlwood veneers, don't go looking for a V12 under the hood.


  • Craftsmanship on MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD (04/2011)
  • Craftsmanship on MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD (04/2011)
  • Craftsmanship on MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD (04/2011)
  • MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD design sketch exterior (04/2011)


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      AlphaGnome
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had my first Mini Cooper S experience this weekend and needless to say, I MUST own one now. Holy cow! It was the most fun I've ever had on 4 wheels. I didn't find the interior lacking that upscale feel, but regardless, I'm extremely excited about this. Let's hope the price isn't too outrageous... I was able to option a option a Works S to just shy of $50k. Yikes!
      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestly, this is the perfect car for me.
      Alluster83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meanwhile Japanese auto sales cut in half in April TOTAL 108,824 (-51.0) Cars 97,128 (-51.5) Trucks 11,277 (-45.9) Toyota Motor 37,213 (-68.1) (Toyota had the biggest drop from 116,655 in April 2010) - Toyota brand 35,557 (-68.7) - Lexus 1,656 (-44.7) Nissan Motor 17,413 (-37.2) Honda Motor 18,293 (-48.5) Mazda Motor 6,598 (-38.8) Mitsubishi Motors 3,515 (-20.1) Suzuki Motor 4,288 (- 9.8) Fuji Heavy 3,806 (+13.1) Imports 16,627 (+42.8)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      stikerb00k
      • 3 Years Ago
      still prefer my 03' mini cooper s :)
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Top-notch interior materials go a long way towards making a luxury car, but there are other important ingredients too. Like performance. And not being confused with a cute subcompact that costs half as much... There are probably 1000 eccentrics out there who will buy this, but not many more than that...
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...the special-edition "Mini Inspired by Goodwood" – borrowing its handle from the ancestral home of the Spirit of Ecstasy..." Um - RR's have only been assembled in Goodwood since 2003 after BMW took control of the company. Previous to that, RR's were built in Manchester, London, Derby - and after WWII, the factory in Crewe where Bentleys are still built.
      Frank N Stein
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like the clubman, as I think it is large enough to be useful. I absolutely love the upgrading of the interior. I tend to have the european desire for cars, small, sporty, and well turned out.