We’ve heard this rumor for a few days now but neglected to report anything until we saw some official confirmation. Well, we have our confirmation. The following is from an official dealer bulletin sent out by MINI USA:

>As of right now…. S4PN-Space Gray/Panther block cloth interior is UNAVAILABLE. This is because we have just received news that the fabric supplier is closing their factory. Efforts are underway to find a new supplier, but until one is found S4PN will be blocked in the ordering system

>So there will be no new orders of this upholstery.

>HOWEVER, all orders for S4PN made with a production date in JANUARY or earlier are unaffected. Order made for cars with products dates later than January will have S4PN removed.