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Mini celebrates 60th anniversary with special birthday edition

Mini is celebrating 60 years as a byword for small British hatchbacks with a new special edition model that marks the momentous birthday.

Based on the Cooper S three-door hatchback, the 60 Years version offers a range of aesthetic upgrades to denote the nameplate’s landmark anniversary.

From the outside, the new model is set apart by its metallic British Racing Green IV paintwork, as well as its black bonnet stripes and subtle 60 Years lettering.

All over the car, the dark green colour scheme is complemented by glossy piano black features. The roof and door mirror caps are black, while the 17-inch alloy wheels feature a two-tone colour scheme.

Various parts of the car, including the left-hand bonnet stripe and turn indicators, are adorned with the 60 Years emblem, while the grille gets a pair of Mini spot lamps.

Inside, the seats are trimmed in brown leather with green stitching and piping that reflects the exterior paintwork. More 60 Years badges can be found on the door sills and the seat bolsters.

Under the skin, the 60 Years Edition will get the same 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the normal Cooper S Hatch, but it will be paired exclusively with an automatic gearbox. As a result, the supermini will manage the 0-62 mph dash in 6.7 seconds, while the combination will also allow the car to return around 40 mpg.

Other standard equipment includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity software, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging.

The special-edition Mini will also come with the Comfort Pack as standard, which includes a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and electrically folding exterior mirrors.

And as with all Mini Hatch models, the 60 Years Edition benefits from LED front and rear lights, automatic lights and wipers and an intelligent emergency call system that can call the emergency services in the event of an accident.

All that comes included in the car’s asking price, which sits at £29,990. However, just 500 examples will make their way to these shores, but the vehicles will not be available at Mini dealers until March.

A statement from Mini read: “Built in the UK at Mini Plant Oxford, the 60 Years Edition is the first of many celebrations planned for 2019 that will champion the brand’s rich heritage in Britain and its continuous dedication to innovation. Much like Alex Issigonis’ first car in 1959, Mini has continued to push the boundaries whilst keeping creative use of space, driving fun, style and individualisation at its core.”

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