MINI USA is digging into the Mini archives and launching an enthusiast oriented special edition called the Mini Cooper 1499 GT. The 1499 GT harkens back to the original 1275 GT from the 70’s as a back to basics performance model intended to appeal to driving enthusiasts. In short MINI’s concept for the 1499 GT was the best possible driving experience for the lowest price.
The special edition starts is based on a Cooper but quickly is differentiated by a full JCW bodykit, wheels and seats. Finished with unique gold 1499 GT side stripes and Midnight Black Metallic give the car a throw-back appearance.
In many ways this is the car many of us have been waiting for. Back to basics and focused on driving engagement, the 1499 GT is that rare special edition that combined the lighter Cooper with some special JCW goodies.
For those curious MINI USA kept the standard suspension on the car given that many would be daily drivers. However owners can further customize its performance with aftermarket accessories if they should want something even more aggressive.
The 1499 GT will be limited to just 150 cars for the US market with only 30 being manual transmission. Pricing for the special edition will be $27,040 plus an additional $850 Destination & Handling fee.
MINI USA is proud to reveal two new special edition models that are attainable and uniquely positioned across the spectrum of customer appeal – the new 2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT and the new 2021 MINI Countryman Oxford Edition. While the MINI Cooper 1499 GT is a tribute to the iconic Mini 1275 GT and pays homage to MINI’s heritage, both the 1499 GT and the MINI Countryman Oxford Edition create an immense value proposition for consumers and MINI enthusiasts alike.
Heritage, performance and value all in one
The MINI Cooper 1499 GT celebrates the brand’s rich heritage with a nod to one of the best known sporty classic Minis of all time, the Mini 1275 GT, also known as one of the most affordable performance cars of 1969. The MINI Cooper 1499 GT features an exclusive, bespoke look that captures the elusiveness of the Mini 1275 GT, with a stealthy Midnight Black Metallic exterior paint and distinctive gold 1499 GT side stripes. The finish features Piano Black grille frame, door handles and headlight rings surrounding LED headlights supported by Fog Lights, as well as Piano Black taillight rings surrounding the Union Jack LED taillights.
The exterior style is also accentuated by the MINI John Cooper Works styling package with John Cooper Works front and rear bumpers, side skirts, split level spoiler and door entry plates, normally reserved for the John Cooper Works variant of the 2 Door Hardtop. The MINI 1499 GT also comes standard with 17” Track Spoke Black wheels wrapped in all-season tires.
Meanwhile, under the hood, the MINI 1499 GT comes standard with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine that delivers 134 hp and 162 ft-lbs. of torque that goes 0 – 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. To top it off, the MINI Cooper 1499 GT comes standard with a third pedal to help operate the 6-Speed Manual Transmission. For those interested in two pedal driving, there is an optional 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission.
On the interior, the MINI Cooper 1499 GT features John Cooper Works Sports seats in Carbon Black Dinamica/Cloth, a John Cooper Works steering wheel in perforated leather with Chili Red stitching and multi-function controls, along with Piano Black finishing throughout the interior with an Anthracite Headliner. The MINI Cooper 1499 GT also features Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, a 6.5” Touchscreen Navigation Package with MINI Assist eCall, Remote Services, Apple CarPlay and a Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster.
The MINI 1499 GT will be offered with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,040 plus an additional $850 Destination & Handling fee.