Mini recently announced the newest version of the MINI, the limited-edition Blackfriars. It took inspiration from a historic portion of London, and it will exclusively be sold in France. Customers will only be able to get the three-door or five-door Hardtop model through the end of the year.
For a little bit of backstory, it was the robes of the Dominican monks who were living in that section of London that were given the name Blackfriars. And as mentioned earlier, this is where Mini took inspiration from. Therefore, the special edition Mini gets a matte black trim on both the B- and C-pillars. But those are not the only bits that are finished in matte black as this finish is also seen on the turn signals and Blackfriars badges. What finishes off the exterior look would be the 17-inch Cosmos Spoke wheels with dark accents.
The special edition Mini comes with some useful tech as well, such as automatic headlights and electrically folding mirrors.
Inside the cabin, the Mini has been made to look a little sportier with sports seats finished in leather and fabric upholstery. There is also a panoramic sunroof and of course, a Blackfriars badge to remind passengers of the unique model. As for technology, there is also a navigation system with a 6.5-inch screen.
Just for you to be aware, this special edition model will not be available on all trims. It will be offered only for the base trim One and Cooper with gasoline engines or the One D and Cooper D with diesel engines. The Mini Cooper remains to have a 1.5 liter turbo petrol engine that is smooth and exceptionally quiet, while the Cooper D has a diesel powered 1.5 liter engine - available in both the 3-door and 5-door models.
Thanks to the Blackfriars edition, the French will get a nice variety of choices. But other than that, Mini has plans to further expand their lineup. For instance, we saw a number of spy shots that the company developed for the Hardtop’s mid-cycle refresh, including the five-door version and the John Cooper Works variant. Mini has not mentioned anything with regards to the pricing just yet, but we are expecting just a reasonable increase for the special edition model. We just aren’t sure whether it would cost as much as the higher trims with 2.0 liter engines.
Moreover, Mini also previewed a recent concept that is the hardcore GP variant for hot hatch fans. And it looks like quite an impressive car.