Factory Aerokit

For our US readers there have been a few interesting changes to MINI USA’s ordering packages. The premium, convienance, sport and cold weather packages are largely left unchanged but there are number of additions worth mentioning. The recently released “Value” package will continue for 2011 with the following options:

– Bluetooth / iPod USB adapter
– Entire Cold weather package contents
– the “factory” MINI aero kit

We don’t have pricing but we expect it to remain $1500. The package will be available only on the Cooper since the factory aero kit isn’t compatible with the brake ducts on the JCW or MCS. Of course the problem for most discerning MINI enthusiasts is of course the hugely unpopular factory aero kit. Sources are telling us that it’s included in this package simply because MINI has an enormous stockpile of them they need to get rid of before likely eliminating the factory aerokit for the 2012 model year. It’s also worth noting that the factory aero kit will not work on the 2011 MCS or JCW due to MINI not wanting to redesign it to accommodate for the new brake ducts.

Regardless if you can stomach the look the package will surely offer good value for the money.

Next up is the White Silver package available on the entire Clubman range (the photo above shows a very similar MINI Clubman Soho edition made for the German market last year). The package includes:

– White Silver exterior paint
– White Silver c-pillar and top rear bumper (this is typically contrasting on the R55)
– White Silver or black roof and mirrors
– Xenons
– 17″ Black Bullet Wheels
– Black headlight housings

Again we won’t have pricing until later this week but we’d expect thus to be relatively value priced considering the options involved.

Speaking of the Clubman, beyond the new roll-away cargo cover and Clubdoor seat belt guide, there two new items of note. For 2011 MINI is introducing two optional “tattoo” patterns for the rear c-pillar: MINI Yours Tattoo Funky and Glorious. We hope to have photos soon.