World Premier: The Limited Edition MINI 1499 GT

The UK market has a new limited edition for 2018. As part of the pre-LCI runout MINI UK is introducing the 1499 GT for the budget minded MINI driver. It’s also one of the better looking packages we’ve ever seen from MINI. From the restrained exterior (look at those stripes) to the JCW seats, this is a great collection of MINI options and design choices.

Perhaps more interesting is the engine. Beginning with the 1499 GT, MINI will be dropping 1.2-litre engine from its range and replaced it with a detuned version of the Cooper 1.5-litre three cylinder unit. As we reported last week MINI will also be quietly upgrading engines across the range beginning in a November for improved C02 figures and other operational improvements. Those looking for power increases will have to wait a bit longer (more on that soon).

Official UK Release: The latest special edition to join the MINI UK line-up celebrates the brand’s rich heritage with a nod to one of the best known sporty classic Minis of all time, the 1275 GT.

Available to order now, the 1499 GT recalls the entertaining drive, distinctive styling and low running costs of the 1969 original, which was one of the most affordable performance cars of its day.

The 1275 GT badging relected the increased engine capacity over the standard 998cc Mini. The all-new MINI 1499 GT treads a similar path for 2017. With 102 hp on tap and 0-60mph in 10.1 seconds courtesy of its lively Twin Power Turbo three-cylinder engine, the 1499 GT is perfect for drivers seeking an entertaining drive and unique vehicle.

The 1499 GT will be built in a limited production run of just 1,499 cars between November 2017 and February 2018, and is sure to be in high demand.

For the launch of the 1499 GT, MINI Financial Services has launched an enticing new finance offer. MINI Ready Fuel Go* offers one year’s inclusive insurance (subject to terms**) with a £299 customer deposit and £299 monthly payment. On the road pricing starts at £16,990.

There will be a choice of two colours, Pepper White or Midnight Black. In Midnight Black, the car gets distinctive gold 1499 GT side stripes. Pepper White models feature the same distinctive graphics, but in black.

Additional exterior features include the MINI John Cooper Works Sport Pack, featuring 17” Track Spoke alloy wheels in Black, dark tinted windows and white indicator lenses. The styling pack includes distinctive John Cooper Works front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a split level spoiler and John Cooper Works door entry plates.

Interior features include John Cooper Works Sports seats in Dinamica and leather and JCW badges, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chilli Red stitching and multi-function controls, cruise control, a Visual Boost radio with MINI Connected smartphone compatibility and Piano Black interior trim, along with Carbon Black interior details and an Anthracite headlining.

A sports suspension completes the MINI 1499 GT package, which also includes all of the standard equipment found on the MINI One Hatch. This includes features such as independent rear suspension, a six-speed manual gearbox with sports-car inspired rev matching technology, air conditioning and all-round disc brakes.

For further information and ordering details, please visit www.mini.co.uk/1499GT.

  • Nick Dawson

    This looks a most attractive package, aimed squarely at the youth market, and a great way to kick-start the standardisation of the triple 1499cc engine block.

    I could never understand why BMW sanctioned the 1198cc engine with its own unique bore and stroke requiring unique pistons and valves, whereas the 1499cc engine is the modular design sharing the same pistons and valves throughout the B38/B48/B58 range.

    • I agree – the 1.2 was always an outlier hat didn’t make any sense to me.

    • Greg

      Wow, detuning the engine that much, they could’ve gone with a little two cylinder 1.0 L turbo variant.

      • Nick Dawson

        Ah yes, the B28 Twin-Power Turbo two-cylinder, at one time considered for the proposed MINI Minor City Car. I suspect that we haven’t heard the last of it.

        In the meantime, despite the 1499 GT only producing the same hp as the old 1.2, hopefully it will produce more mid-range torque.

  • ulrichd

    We really need a new idea for the lower front bumper treatment.

    • Eric

      We really don’t

      • ulrichd

        LOL. Ok can we talk about the tail lights then?

  • ulrichd

    This cries out for the full John Player Special treatment. And add lightness.

  • Reuben Herries

    This look amazing! i have been in discussion with MINI NZ about something similar! but this has blown me away! looks so so good. Send them international please!!