Update: The armrest in this story has since been withdrawn by MINI due to several concerns. They have now released a new armrest which will be available on all Us spec MINIs with the Convenience Package and as a standalone option. You can find information on the new armrest here.
Alex (from newmini-technik.de) has just finished fitting the new official MINI armrest that should be available in the US for 1/05 builds.
Here’s what he has to say about it:
It was very easy and took about 15 minutes! The good thing is that you (a) can continue using the rear cupholder and (b) that you have some space for your purse, cigarettes and that sort of stuff!
Update: The part number is 52 12 0 154 307 and is on MINI’s system, however none show on order at at this time. There appears to no timetable on delivery. The list price is $195.00 for the US market. For those wondering how Alex got his hands on one the answer is, he’s in Germany