Mini drums up yet another special edition, the Highgate

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We are more used to seeing this in the six-figure realm of the automotive world: a carmaker putting out one special edition after another. But both Mini and UK buyers love their specializations, so Mini has provided another one called the Highgate. It follows the Baker Street and Baywater editions as the new hotness for 2012.

This one will be for the Cooper convertible (Baker Street and Bayswater were for the hardtops). The standard treatment is an Iced Chocolate exterior coat with Truffle stripes on the hood and a Silvertouched Truffle roof, but metallic options in Midnight Black and White Silver are also available.

Insid,e Dark Truffle Lounge Leather seats with blue piping meet a host of standard features such as Mini's cold-weather and Chrome Line Interior packages. It rides on 17-inch Double Cross wheels and gets a range of four engine options from that in the 122-horsepower Cooper to the 143-horsepower motor from the Cooper SD.

Prices start at £21,300 ($33,693 U.S., not that we'd ever get it here) on-the-road for the manual-transmission Cooper Highgate Convertible, to £26,050 ($41,206 U.S.) OTR for the Cooper SD Highgate Convertible with an auto. More information is in the press release after the jump and plenty of eye candy in the gallery of high-res photos.
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(03/02/12) -- Hot on the heels of the MINI Baker Street and MINI Bayswater comes the third in a trio of special editions for spring 2012 – the all-new MINI Highgate.

Continuing the brand's established policy of taking the names of fashionable areas of London, the Highgate is a sophisticated new version of the drop-top Convertible.

As with all special edition MINIs, this four-seater offers a raft of unique exterior and interior features. Providing a fresh interpretation of MINI's premium appeal and style, the Highgate is designed to take the fun and excitement of 'wind-in-the-hair' motoring to the next level.

The car is finished in an all-new metallic 'Iced Chocolate' body colour, which works perfectly with the tailored 'Silvertouched Truffle' fabric roof. The distinctive look is enhanced by truffle bonnet stripes with blue edging. Midnight Black metallic or White Silver metallic paintwork can be specified as an option. The door mirror caps are always finished in the same shade as the exterior.

Also unique to the MINI Highgate are 17-inch 'Double Cross Turned' light-alloy wheels in a subtle aluminium colour. The design team took its inspiration for the spokes from the Union Jack flag.

Inside, the 'Dark Truffle' Lounge Leather seats feature blue piping and contrasting stitching. MINI's popular Chili Pack; filled with added extras like automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, multi-coloured interior lights, is standard on the Highgate special edition. Sun-touched Brushed Alloy detailing on the dashboard and the Chrome Line Interior and Exterior packages are also included. Exclusive 'Highgate' lettering on the side indicator surrounds, door sills and seat tags marks the car out from the crowd.

As with every MINI, customers can enhance the appeal of their car further using the extensive options list of comfort, convenience, design and technology features.

The MINI Highgate is available with four engine options; the MINI Cooper (90 kW/122 hp), MINI Cooper S (135 kW/184 hp), MINI Cooper D (82 kW/112 hp) and MINI Cooper SD (105 kW/143 hp). All are linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option.

MINI Cooper Highgate Convertible: Retail Price £20,665, OTR Price £21,300
MINI Cooper Highgate Convertible Auto: Retail Price £21,750, OTR Price £22,435
MINI Cooper D Highgate Convertible: Retail Price £21,855, OTR Price £22,375
MINI Cooper D Highgate Convertible Auto: Retail Price £22,940, OTR Price £23,575
MINI Cooper S Highgate Convertible: Retail Price £23,445, OTR Price £24,080
MINI Cooper S Highgate Convertible Auto: Retail Price £24,590, OTR Price £25,275
MINI Cooper SD Highgate Convertible: Retail Price £24,255, OTR Price £24,775
MINI Cooper SD Highgate Convertible Auto: Retail Price £25,400, OTR Price £26,050

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