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New MINI Remastered Blends 1960's Style & 2017's Gadgets

David Brown Automotive styling, colour choices, engine performance, equipment, special editions and price revealed

Exterior styling

The MINI Remastered By David Brown Automotive is a hand-crafted, bespoke, lifestyle statement that blends classic looks with technology from 2017. Consider the exterior. It resembles a car which rolled-off the production line when The Beatles ruled the charts. It looks retro. It looks sharp. It pays homage to the past.

The bodywork is new, though. The car is stronger than its classic predecessor, has better sound insulation and comparative lack of seams. The sculpted, body-coloured, wheel arch extensions further enhance the look. Furthermore the manufacturer applies primer, paint and lacquer by hand over weeks to form a mirror-like surface.

MINI enables you to express yourself by choosing the exterior colour. Non-metallics include: Fade to Black, Bad Moon Rising, A Whiter Shade of Pale, Blue Jean, Midnight Rambler, Velvet Green, Wild Thing, Love Over Gold, Good Vibrations, Crimson King and Laguna Sunrise. Metallic paints include Silver Springs and Starman. 

Further emphasise your personality, lifestyle and preferences by choosing the roof colour: White, Black or body colour. Wheel options include: 12” Classic Alloy (silver), 12” Classic Alloy (black), 12” Classic Alloy (graphite), 12” Classic Alloy (gold), 12” Classic Alloy (body), 12” Mania Alloy and the 12” Apollo Alloy.

Engine, performance, fuel consumption and emissions

The 1.275-litre petrol engine has been reconditioned to provide more power for your adventures. It produces 78bhp at 5,700rpm and 91 ft lb of torque, at 3,900rpm. It complements the reconditioned manual gearbox. Expect 62mph in 11.7 seconds, a top speed of 90mph, average fuel consumption of 43mpg and carbon emission of 184.7g/km. 

Interior style and equipment

The interior blends classic style and new technology to impress your family, friends, colleagues and associates. The infotainment system is controlled via a 7” touchscreen interface, for example. Expect: Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation plus a USB port in the glovebox to charge mobile phones. 

British-sourced full-grain leather seats emphasise that the car – and you – have status. The have been embossed with David Brown Automotive logos. Choose: Black, Chalk, Marine, Lichen, Sandalwood or Imperial. The illuminated dials, knurled aluminium switchgear and a classic steering wheel further enhance the sense of occasion.

MINI Remastered Special Editions

The MINI Remastered comes in special edition forms, too. The Inspired By Café Racers is limited to a production run of 25. It “sets a new standard in vintage biker style”, MINI said. Extras include:

  • Latte Cream and Arabica Brown paint
  • Twin stripes on the wings
  • Leather bonnet straps
  • trim specific leather
  • Performance brakes

The Inspired By Monte Carlo trim has classic competition rally style, MINI said. Production is limited to only 25. Extras include:

  • 1.3-litre 98bhp petrol engine
  • Rascasse Red and Ice White exterior paint
  • Trim specific leather
  • Ice White door graphics
  • Black leather bonnet straps
  • Black wheel arch extensions

Price

The MINI Remastered By David Brown Automotive costs from £75,000 (plus taxes). Deliveries commence winter 2017.

Would it not be cheaper to build one from parts on ebay?

I bet Sir Alex is spinning in his grave - he believed no car should be fitted with a radio as they were (are) too distracting. The one thing he would have changed about the mini if he had the time and the money before it went into production was the engine. He wanted to design and build a brand new crossflow engine but the lack of resources meant he had to use the A series he had designed for the Morris Minor in 1948... People have done many wonderful things with that old lump of cast-iron but it has remained a cobble-together of an unsuitable design in all it's guises. David Vizard was the guy who probably made the biggest contribution to squeezing more power by modifying original mini parts though others have gone overboard with 8-port heads and suchlike. I heard of one fellow who mixed and matched and added a few parts and ended up with a 993cc engine that produced 150bhp at around 12,000 rpm and used a standard 850 crankshaft - amazing! I think the people who Sir Alex really would have approved of were the select few who actually fitted different engines. An enterprising company marketed a kit that allowed the Ford crossflow engine to be fitted onto the mini transmission...

£75,000, they must be kidding. For £75k, you could pick up a mint and original 1275 Cooper S, and have significant change for a handy investment. Original Mini's are now commanding serious money, and an original 1960s Austin or Morris Cooper S, fully restored or in original condition, can cost the new owner £30k. The car will hold its value, better than most classics, and be original, not like this overly priced replica. There will be a few wealthy customers willing to pay that sort of money, but if your minds made up, and you must have one of these cars, get an original 1275 or 1071 Cooper S, and save yourself a fortune.