For all you eagerly anticipating the Checkmate Package in the US, here’s a bit more info that might be helpful when ordering. The package (code ZCM) will be available a number of colors on both the Cooper and the Cooper S and not just Space Blue as had been assumed by many. Here’s the rundown:
Cooper S (R53):
Beyond the standard silver roof, mirrors and v-stype bonnet stripes, the Checkmate package will also be available with a black roof, mirrors and the more traditional black bonnet stripes. White stripes and mirrors will not be available.
The interior fittings (special steering wheel, leather/cloth seats, painted dash) are all included in the $2200 price tag. For more info on the Checkmate Package for the US market (and a list of all included options), check out this previous MotoringFile story.
The Checkmate Package will be available for US production starting in October.