David Brown Automotive recreates classic MINI with the perfect blend of retro and modern

Article by Christian A., on April 10, 2017

Riding under a banner as an auto retro specialist, British specialty carmaker David Brown Automotive is introducing its second project after reinvigorating the coach-building market with its Speedback GT. This new retro model – the Mini Remastered – was intended to celebrate the best of British motoring and blend it with high-quality, traditional coach-building and modern technologies.

Just as its name indicates, the Mini Remastered is a modern reinterpretation of the classic icon, wrapped in a modern package yet handcrafted like the old days. To remaster this iconic vehicle, David Brown worked to retain its classic design and personality – as penned by legendary British-Greek designed Sir Alec Issigonis – while installing a new aluminum grille inspired by the company’s design language as well as chrome bullet-style door-mounted wing mirrors with LED puddle lamps. Its rear end features jewel-like LED rear light clusters and indicators, as framed by aluminum surrounds. David Brown also removed the bodywork seams.

Measuring 3,055 mm in length, 1470 mm in width, 1,330 mm in height and with a 2,035 mm wheelbase, the Mini Remastered features a completely new structure as well as exterior body shell, which means that while it looks and feels like the classic Mini, it is more rigid and more reliable. According to David Brown’s Web site, the Mini Remastered is powered by the original 1275-cc four-cylinder Mini engine that has been retuned and reconditioned to develop 78 bhp of max output at 5,700 rpm and 91 lb.-ft. of peak torque available at 3,900 rpm.

This essentially means that the new Mini Remastered is around 30-percent more powerful than the original classic. This amount of power is channeled to the wheels through a manual four-speed transmission. At this power level, the new Mini Remastered is able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph).

Inside the handcrafted cabin of the new Mini Remastered is a sumptuous display of classic designing mixed with modern technologies. It comes with the knurled aluminum switchgear and the classic Mota-Lita steering wheel while the interior is wrapped in full-grain, British-sourced leather upholstery, as embossed with the David Brown Automotive logo. A cupholder is now also included.

Interestingly, the new Mini Remastered comes with a premium in-car infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen. This system offers Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car’s glove compartment features an integrated USB/AUX port for charging and connectivity.

At launch, the new Mini Remastered will be offered in two limited-run special editions -- "Inspired by Café Racers" and "Inspired by Monte Carlo." Pricing remains unconfirmed but there have been reports saying that an example would have a price tag of around £50,000 ($62,000).

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