2006 Model Year Changes

(Updated) – MINI is sending the R50 and R53 out with a bang in their last year of production. While the 2006 model year won’t offer nearly as many changes as the the 2005 brought us (or what the next generation MINI will bring us), there will certainly be a few surprises.

While we don’t know all the details at this point, we’ve learned enough to start sharing a few of them. Of course this is especially helpful for those wondering what’s coming down the pipeline over the next six to eight months and when to potentially buy their MINI. In an effort to come clean with all the info we have we’ve even added a few things to the list that have yet to be confirmed (marked with an asterisk).

  • Several new colors added across the range.
  • Electric Blue and possibly Jet Black will be dropped.* (updated)
  • Silver Contrasting Roof.
  • Several new wheel designs.
  • JCW Engine upgrade available at the factory.
  • JCW Sport Brake Kit available at the factory.*
  • JCW suspension available at the factory.*
  • Full Aerokit available at the factory.*
  • Two new “special” options packages with at least one consisting JCW upgrades and Recaro seats.

In other related news, we’ve learned that the 2006 model year should being with September.

We’ll update this post as we know more.

* Not yet confirmed.

Written By: Gabe

  • greg

    Hi Gabe. I’d like your opinion. I saw an ’05 MCS/JCW on ebay claiming 225+ HP. I e-mailed and asked how and the reply suuggested a “Shrick” camshaft. He also claimed this would not affect the warranty. Any thoughts?

  • greg

    Oops! I meant Schrick.

  • MINIac

    Greg wrote:

    I saw an ’05 MCS/JCW on ebay claiming 225+ HP. I e-mailed and asked how and the reply suuggested a “Shrick” camshaft. He also claimed this would not affect the warranty. Any thoughts?

    The Webb Motorsports site says a Schrick cam “provides 5-8 horsepower depending on other modifications”.

    Changing the cam is just like any other aftermarket modification … if it is the cause of a failure there is no warranty coverage.

  • grant

    Don’t drop Jet Black, that’s the color I want!

  • David


    Why wait for the JCW install? Well, A little thing called MONEY. As in, I don’t have it…

    In reality, I could afford getting a JCW kit on the MINI I just ordered. But that would leave me with less money left over, after mortgage, bills, retirement, incidentals, etc. I purposefully waited 8 months before ordering to put a hefty down payment down (more than 1/3) to keep my monthly payment low, not that I couldn’t afford it otherwise, but the more money I still have at the end of the month, the more non-MINI things I can enjoy in life. I don’t want to be one of those people “working for my car.”

    If I leased a JCW MCS it would be more affordable, but I don’t lease, period. A waste of money in my opinion, especially since I want to keep mine forever.

    No, I’ll wait until after the financing is done, by then I’ll probably modify the hell out of it when the money is freed up.

  • http://www.hubertus.net/mymini Philip

    Did someone ask for a Chocolate Brown Mini?? Here is a pic of one. This is a custom color, the car is in Germany with a number plate from “Darmstadt” a region 20 miles south of Frankfurt.


  • http://bravo5.org/blog blalor

    That’s an … interesting color.

  • KevinR

    The new UPS edition MINI. To be used in a yet to be offered express delivery service. ;)

  • nrkist

    Brown is beautiful, Guero.

  • Sean

    I just ordered a jet black mini.. I wonder if they’ll come back and tell me they don’t make it anymore and force me to upgrade to the new metallic black they have. I ordered black witht he chrome exterior and interior packages. Every mini I see that’s black has a white roof and mirrors, some with the stripe. I like the look of black and chrome much better.

  • greg

    Good choice Sean. You’ll have fun adding even more chrome features later. There’s ALOT of after market chrome int/ext stuff.

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