Three Colors to be Discontinued in 2006

As the MINI Plant in Oxford gets ready to commence large scale production of the new MINI later next year, expect availability of some options to change. Specifically we’ve learned that Black Eye Purple (Purple Haze in the US), Liquid Yellow and Solar Red will be discontinued from April production onward. We should see a few other changes later in the year as well.

Written By: Gabe

  • O(=^=)O Capn

    Silk Green?

    If a color is to be revived, it is Indi Blue and Kill Hyper Blue!

  • http://www.northamericanmotoring.com Dave

    >Lightning Blue. >Laser Blue. >Mellow Yellow.

    I’m assuming those are the names for the new blues and the new yellow. By name only, the blues actually sound promising. The yellow… [i]not so much.[/i] :\

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe
    Lightning Blue. Laser Blue. Mellow Yellow.

    Yeah that’s basically what I’ve heard as well. Again nothing from my end confirmed yet.

  • lurch
    Lightning Blue. Laser Blue. Mellow Yellow. Yeah that’s basically what I’ve heard as well.

    if that is the case … I say good riddance to these old ones and bring on the new!

  • j

    pretty soon we wont be discussing colors… we’ll only have tones to talk about.

  • Tai

    nice! lol makes my BEP more special……..BEP MCS since not much of it usually MC BEP…….:p

  • http://www.blokspeed.net Eelke

    I too am not a great fan of Liquid Yellow. With a white top it’s OK, just too pastel-looking. With a black top, I think it looks “dirty” somehow. Sorry if you do like it, tastes are a personal thing. I was also hoping for a more lively yellow, but if they intend to call it Mellow Yellow, I’m not getting my hopes hope.

  • Fishbulb

    corvette nassau blue!

  • Lee L

    Eelke, that is why I have black and white checkers on my LY. ;)

    OK, I will not be too critical of MINI if they actually add some similar colors to replace what they are deleting, unlike this year on the MCS (LY was only available on the MC this year) which was just too plain.

  • minihaha

    When I was buying my MCS the dealer had a LY/LY MCS which I really liked. My wife “advised” me that “it was bit too young for me” (I’m north of 50). I think she was trying to make me feel better!?! I ended up with a DS/DS, which is great. I would like to see a Chrome Yellow introduced. Was never too keen on BEP, looks cheap especially with a white roof IMO. Mini’s have a personality and their colours need to reflect that personality. Hopefully sites like this and MINI2 have enough influence on BMW.

  • mark @MOML

    Solar red is somewhat of a surprise, purple haze was a given, and yellow has been a slow seller lately. So that begs the question… whats next???

  • Frank

    I suspect the next color to go will be British Racing Green and quite possibly the new Royal Grey.

    Too bad about Solar Red. Really liked that color. For some reason, metallic reds never seems to survive for more than a few months in production… Velvet Red anyone?

  • Badburro

    I would rather have Royal Grey over Dark Silver any day. If I could have ordered Royal Grey on my MCSc, I would have done it in a heartbeat. I’m also a big fan of Solar Red. My MCS is BEP.

  • http://www.minidowntown.ca Diana

    They should have made Solar Red available for all the models without any package stipulations. Personally, I’m getting tired of selling the silver and blue cars. And why did we have to get rid of Jet Black!?!

    I think for the new colors that they really need to consider brighter and unique colors. I saw this really cool looking paint job the other day, and the color was a intense dark teal. I think that would look wicked on a MINI!

    At least on the bright side, we don’t have a hot pink color option available. I may be a girl, but the last thing you want in a color is for it to be labeled a pure chick car. Uhhhhg!

  • petsounds

    I imagine 2007 will see a new yellow, probably a sportier, less milky yellow than LY was. I also hope they get rid of the current “British Racing Green”, and replace it with a true BRG. The current BRG color is nothing like the beautiful green of the 1960s era.

  • Frank

    A few years ago, someone in Hawaii painted a new Cooper in hot pink metallic. I saw the pics and the car looked fantastic. You would never catch me behind the wheel of a “Barbie” themed car, but the aftermarket paint job looked great and factory quality. The car had a white roof. Not bad at all.

    MINI refuses to offer any other color aside from Chili Red in the MCS. I would have loved a Solar Red/Silver MCS, but no dice.

    To me personally, MINIs look much better in bright colors, hence my second MCS was ordered in Chili Red/White.

    What’s BEP??

  • http://Nemacolin.com alpinamike

    I wonder when my Hot Orange will be cut out? -alpinamike

  • http://www.nemini.org paulgraz

    Bummer. Wife wanted a Purple Haze Cooper. Will there be anything that’s remotely purple? Personally, I’d like to see an orange like what they had on the original prototype that did the auto show circuit way back in 01…

  • Siddhartha

    C’mon, who cares? Everyone knows the only real MINI is Chili Red with a white roof!


  • Fishbulb

    What’s BEP??



  • Bryn

    Fishbulb: BEP is Black Eye Purple in UK and Purple Haze in some other markets inc US.

  • James

    Long live BRG!

  • Heather

    i am sad that i could not get my MINI in the electric blue i love so much — so i will again hold out another year and see what the new batch of colors bring…but i agree with you all — how many silver/black/dark color cars can you have ???

  • http://www.thepubliceye.tv Kristin

    I really don’t understand why they killed Jet Black honestly. Black is one of the most basic colors for a car and they kill it?! (Yes I love my JB/B mini, he just looks so slick and classy) I’m not sure who they have making these decisions but I’d suggest they look into “re-educating” them. Lets take some of the BEST colors and kill them, lets make some of the coolest colors that can only be found on Minis and make them available only on certain models and not others. Kinda makes you wonder about the customer service aspect. Now don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my car and I actually really love my dealer too, but I really don’t like some of the restrictions they (MINI) put on us. I WANT a HO hardtop S for crying out loud – If I want to give you my money, why wont you take it??!

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