MINI introduced today two new special edition models in order to spread the contemporary London style around the world: the Baker Street and Bayswater editions. The MINI Bayswater comes with a Blue metallic exterior paintwork that was created exclusively for this edition, just like the interior design and the 17-inch light-alloy Sandblast wheels featuring high-gloss black surfaces and bright machined rim and spoke edges.
Still, if you don’t like the Blue metallic exterior paintwork you can choose the Midnight Black metallic and Eclipse Grey metallic paint shades available for the MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper SD.
In addition, the MINI Bayswater features a black contrasting roof, new Sport Stripes for the bonnet and for the mirror caps.
“Bayswater” lettering is found on the side indicator surrounds, door sills and seat tags. The interior features Punch Leather seats that come in the exclusive colour variant Rocklite Anthracite and feature side bolsters sporting a metallic sheen and blue and grey contrast stitching.
Moreover, the interior features Piano Black cockpit trim strips and leather Colour Line elements in Rocklite Anthracite. Furthermore, the MINI Bayswater comes with stainless steel pedals and the Chrome Line Interior package and includes the Pepper Pack in its range of equipment.
The MINI Bayswater special edition is offered with powerful engines, such as MINI Cooper (90 kW or 122 hp), MINI Cooper S (135 kW or 184 hp), MINI Cooper D (82 kW or 112 hp) or MINI Cooper SD (105 kW or 143 hp) trims. All the models are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a six-speed automatic features in the options range.
For those who don’t know, the MINI Bayswater takes its name from an extremely vibrant area of London, located to the west of the city centre, halfway between the shopping hot spots of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill. This area is famous for its unusually high density of bars and restaurants.
Now a British automotive marque used for a range of small cars, Mini initially referred only to the name of a small economy car produced by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1959. BMC marketed the Mini its two main brand names -- Austin and Morris (as Austin Mini and Morris Mini).
In 1968, BMC – now known as British Motor Holdings Limited (BMH) -- merged with Leyland Motor Corporation Limited.
It thus became a part of British Leyland Motor Corporation. At British Leyland, Mini became a marque in its own right, along with Jaguar, Rover and Land Rover.
British Leyland suffered from financial collapse in 1975 and was subsequently nationalized. Following heavy restructuring and divestment of subsidiary companies, British Leyland renamed as the Rover Group in 1986. The Rover Group later became a subsidiary of British Aerospace and subsequently, of BMW in 2000. While BMW broke up the Rover Group, it decided to retain the MINI marque.