By on October 23, 2020

Mini 1499 GT. Image: Mini

No brand is immune from putting out special editions to honor its heritage, and so it is with Mini. The company is launching two – the 2021 Mini Cooper 1499 GT and 2021 Mini Countryman Oxford Edition.

The former is meant to be a homage to the classic Mini 1275 GT, while the latter does not, as far as we know, come with a tweed blazer with elbow patches.

The 1499 GT has a “bespoke” (note to PR departments – that word is getting a bit out of control in press releases) look with Midnight Black Metallic paint and gold stripes for the sides. The grille, door handles, and headlights are framed by a Piano Black finish. The headlights themselves are LEDs and the car has fog lamps, too. The LED taillights are in the shape of the Union Jack and the finish around them is also Piano Black.

Some of the John Cooper Works styling package makes its way over – the front and rear bumpers, side skirts, split-level spoiler, and door plates all come from the JCW package. Seventeen-inch wheels wear all-season rubber.

This special edition is powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder that makes 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The car has performance specs of 0-60 mph in 7.5 sec and a 130 mph top speed. A six-speed manual is standard (hooray!) and an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic for the party poopers out there.

Mini Countryman Oxford Edtion. Image: Mini

Inside, the JCW theme continues, with the cloth seats from that package. They’re in Carbon Black/Dinamica cloth here. The JCW steering wheel with perforated leather and red stitching is present, there’s Piano Black finishing, and an Anthracite headliner. Available features include dual-zone climate control, 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and digital gauges.

Pricing will be set at $27,040 plus $850 for destination.

The Countryman Oxford Edition will be available on both Cooper Countrymans and Cooper Countryman ALL4s, and it has the standard features that come with Classic trim. Those include leatherette upholstery, 8.8-inch screen, Bluetooth, rear camera, rear park-distance control, seven-speed automatic transmission (dual-clutch), and a panoramic sunroof. The car now has this spring’s updates: LED headlights, fog lights, and taillights, with those taillights having the Union Jack shape.

The Oxford Edition adds 18-inch wheels in either silver or black, run-flat tires, Anthracite headliner, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a choice of six exterior paint colors. One of those is, of course, British Racing Green. Body-color roof and mirrors are available, or the buyer can contrast a white or black roof and mirrors with the body color.

Mini has set the MSRP for this one at $26,500 for Cooper Countrymans and $28,500 for Cooper Countryman ALL4s. Like with the 1499 GT, that doesn’t include the $850 destination fee.

[Images: Mini]

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12 Comments on “One Mini Special Edition Points to Heritage, Another Aims for Value...”

  • avatar

    That’s soooo adorable. Perfect for bearing the urn of ashes of the Biden campaign to it’s final resting place after last night’s performance.
    Seriously though, that’s a solid 0-60 time, and hooray for sure for the row your own transmission.

  • avatar

    ! No pictures of the taillights ! .

    ‘Piano black’ means glossy, right ? .


  • avatar

    When you say “JCW steering wheel” this is where my mind goes:

  • avatar

    This countryman is junk
    – horrible sounding engine
    – terrible seats
    – runflat tires make it a washboard
    – outside of the shape and cool interior controls, there is nothing to like there

    • 0 avatar

      I liked the Countryman and then I drove two….

      Sadly, after a bit of wheel time – I agree with you. I will also add, the amount of road noise a $42k Countryman has is overwhelming. A 2020 Honda Fit is hearing test booth quiet by comparison. I don’t see the value.

      The exterior is timeless and unique. The interior is wonderful too. From a price point perspective, MINI as a whole is overpriced. At least in my minds eye…

      • 0 avatar

        Ha! I had one for an hour. They had $3000 rebate, and I though … When I left the dealer and got back to drive my 7 yo [at that time] Mazda3, I was thinking this – I am so glad that I am right now driving this car and not mini. My body relaxed. My butt did not hurt. The steering was finally good again. Brake had a good feel and not numb, like 20 minutes ago. From new to used, this is unusual to be in relief.

  • avatar

    But for the weird roofline used on the Countryman, I kind of like the blue guy. That said, is 134 horsepressures really meant for a special edition anything. Is this an attempt at having an “understressed” three cylinder engine, when the engine of the same size from Ford offers 181 hp, and the smaller 1.3 from FCA offers 200 if memory serves.

    • 0 avatar

      Even so, doesn’t 134 horsepressures still seem like a lot from a 3-cylinder?

      Kudos to Ford and Fiat for wringing nearly 200 horsepower out of their backpack-sized three-bangers; it really is a remarkable achievement.

      But honestly: any 3-banger making more than like 70 horsepower smells like dubious reliability to me.

      • 0 avatar

        I honestly have no real personal barometer by which to calibrate my opinion. I’ve never driven a vehicle with a 3 cylinder, turbocharged or otherwise, and so can’t guess. I know 25 years ago 134 horsepressures out of 4 cylinders was pretty significant, having had a 93 Escort with all of 95.

        The only oddly cylindered engine I’ve experienced was a Jetta with the 5 cylinder, which by all accounts of what I’ve read was fairly robust. The other bits on the car were generally the pain points.

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