Here it is, our first glimpse of MINI’s latest color; Spice Orange on a pre-production 2011 Cooper convertible. As we reported a few weeks back, the new color is darker (yet still metallic) and a bit more bold than the previous orange (known around MotoringFile HQ as “dreamsicle”). Based on our sources the orange will be exclusive to the refreshed R57 MINI Convertible.

Also seen for the first time in the above is the redesigned side grille and turn signal. As you can see the grille (still faux) has been thoroughly redesigned to look a bit more upmarket and we would say more “classic”.


Finally we also get our first glimpse at the light grey leather “lounge” seating option finished with black piping. Unfortunately the image didn’t make it into this story since it gave a little too much away. But we can tell you that the new grey leather options is quite light in color in inline with some of BMW’s recent cream leather options.

Orders start in August with deliveries begining in September and October worldwide.

For those who may have missed our previous reporting on the 2011 refresh (or LCI in BMW speak) be sure to check out our previous reports below.

+ MINI Cooper Facelift Photos Surface
+ MF Exclusive: the Future of MINI Connect Revealed
+ MF Exclusive: 2011 MINI Refresh Revealed (New Colors & a New Look)
+ 2011 MINI Refresh Update: Interior Colors & Trim