Mini has big plans for 2018

The Mini 1499 GT: available to order now.
The Mini 1499 GT: available to order now.

A special edition is ready to join the Mini line-up to celebrate the brand’s rich heritage with a nod to one of the best known sporty classic Minis of all time, the 1275 GT.

Available to order now, the 1499 GT will be priced at €24,250 and promises low running costs just like the 1969 original, which was one of the most affordable performance cars of its day.

To celebrate the 181 registration period, BMW are offering a discount of €1,000, which they call a purchase contribution towards the Mini 1499 GT is also available now for a limited period.

Meanwhile, significant contributions towards Mini models of up to €2,000 towards a Mini Cooper S, SD or JCW model and €1,000 towards a Cooper and Cooper D. Entry level model Mini One and One D models come with a €500 purchase contribution. Low rate finance is available with Mini Select PCP finance with 4.9% A.P.R. This offer is available on models ordered now and registered before the 31st March 2018.

There should be high demand for this limited edition as  just 1,499 cars will be built between November 2017 and February 2018

With 102 hp on tap and 0-100km/h in 10.1 seconds courtesy of its lively Twin Power Turbo three-cylinder engine, the 1499 GT is perfect for drivers seeking an entertaining drive and unique vehicle.

Treading a similar path to the 1275 GT – that cars badging reflected the increased engine capacity over the standard 998cc Mini – the Mini 1499 GT will have markings that look reflect those on the original.

There will be a choice of two colours, Pepper White or Midnight Black. In Midnight Black, the car gets distinctive gold 1499 GT side stripes. Pepper White models feature the same distinctive graphics, but in black.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.