Space Blue & Solar Red Spotted

We can’t say when, where or how we got this exclusive MotoringFile image showing two of the three new 2006 colors, but we can say it’s a 100% legit picture of what will be on dealer lots in about four months time.

Seen in the photo above (and in a much larger version here) are Space Blue and Solar Red. Both cars also feature the new optional silver top, another 2006 addition we scooped a few months back.

Solor Red is reportedly a metallic that has hints of an orange/rust color. It’s much like BMW’s Flamenco Red found currently on the X3 but with a little more red rather than orange. I’m told in some light it also has a resemblence to the always popular Imola Red found on the BMW M3.

Space Blue on the other hand is fairly similar to BMW’s Toledo Blue, a dark metallic blue.

While we don’t have any photos of Royal Grey, we can tell you (based on a first hand account) that it will be similar to the current Dark Silver however with perhaps a bit more Taupe in it.

For those that may have missed the original news on the color changes a few weeks back, these new colors will take the place of Solid Gold, Electric Blue, and Jet Black which will all be dropped for 2006.

Naturally we’ll have more on the other upcoming 2006 additions in the weeks ahead.

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Written By: Gabe

  • petsounds

    Gabe – I’m not “passing judgment.” Just giving my opinion based on the limited information these photos present. If we aren’t allowed to do that, you’d have a pretty empty blog.. ;)

  • http://motoringfile.com Gabe

    No worries! It’s just that the photo is a bit washed out due to the sun and I’d hate to have people think they were mis-informed.

  • RB

    ” Rick, why did you come to Casablanca?”

    “for the water”

    “Rick, there’s no water in Casablanca!?”

    ” I guess I was mis-informed.”

  • mark

    if you look at the reflection on the blue car’s bumper, you can see some lone person in a red shirt. The mystery photographer perhaps!

  • cct1

    Dang, I was hoping there was a scoop on new rim offerings. Guess I’ll have to wait…

    I realize those roofs are silver–but in that light, it’s really difficult to get a good appreciation of how they look in real life, as they almost look white. For anyone who has seen them up close, are they a metallic silver like the pure silver mini color? It’s one of those things I’ll have to see in person to determine wether I like it or not–especially since that dark blue would look great with a white roof–that’s easier for me to picture than the silver.

  • http://motoringfile.com Gabe

    The silver roof is pure silver.

    …and the wheel scoop is coming :)

  • http://users.adelphia.net/~rocketboy/index.html Rocketboy

    Ugh, looking at the tail-lights made me even happier that I have the first version on my MINI… (Properly modified, of course…)

  • Tony

    It’s bad enough that customers have a hard time picking which color they want with the ones that are available now. And soon they are going to have to pick between colors that are very close to others? Space Blue IS a little more blue then astro black, but not all that different. Solar red doesn’t look different then Chili at all. I think the two requests that I have heard the most is orange and pink.

  • joe

    Does the space blue MCS have some new tan leather seats covers?

  • RB

    What about a write in to say Electric Blue. We did with the headliner???

  • RB


  • Bucky

    That photo didn’t come from someone on our Magical MINI Tour… the cars in the parking lot where our bus let out weren’t arranged in that order. That’s if my memory serves me correctly of course. As for wheels, I can tell you that we did see some ’06s with a few of the new wheels. There was a new 16″ and 17″ wheels that were both painted flat black to disguise them. I can describe them in one word… hideous! The 17″ one looked like a flower. So don’t get your hopes up for new cool wheels.

  • http://vinciebags.com vince blaskovich

    I cant believe they are going to lose the Jet Black ! What a mistake. I just spoke to my dealer, he said my Jet Black Mini S Cabrio rolled off the assembly line on the 16th of June. Now I’m really excited. I’ll have one of the last Black Mini’s to be made. Really glad I didn’t order a red one, not that they’re common or anything. Happy motoring! See you on the track!

  • steven mait

    will the 2006 convertible still be a rag top or will it be insulated like the BMW convertibles?

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