The Mini Inspired by Goodwood, which has been rechristened the Rolls-Royce of Minis, has made its world debut at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. Named for Rolls-Royce’s hometown, the Goodwood is built under the eye of Rolls-Royce advisors. It gets Rolls-Royce paint (Diamond Black Metallic), a Rolls-Royce inspired interior (in their customized color, Cornsilk), and it even gets the Cooper S engine, good for 181 horsepower. As alluring as the outside may be, the inside comes close to over-the-top. Mats are made from thick lambswool, just like on Rolls-Royce models. The Walnut Burr dash is topped with black Nappa leather, just like on a Rolls. Even the switchgear has gone upscale, and now features a piano black finish.
Mini notes in a statement that there are also “high-class” aluminum badges stamped with “Mini Inspired by Goodwood” above the front wheel arches and on the door sills (although the Old Money would never advertise that they are “high-class.”)
The Mini Inspired by Goodwood gets the turbocharged 181-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine found in the 2011 Mini Cooper S. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Production of the limited-edition Mini will be limited to 1,000 units worldwide. It will arrive in showrooms in spring 2012. Pricing has yet to be announced, and it won’t be cheap.