Mini has revealed the 1499 GT – a flashback of the special edition that pays tribute to the 1275 GT, the classic bored-out sports special Mini built between 1969 and 1980.
Unlike the 1275 GT to which it pays homage, the engine has not been bored to increase its capacity; and the sport suspension is the only mechanical upgrade over the standard Mini.
What is new, however, is that it will be the first Mini to receive the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine in this state of tune – Mini is dropping the smaller 1.2-liter engine and its line of three-door and five-door variants from November. The new engine configuration provides identical performance figures to the now redundant 1.2-litre unit. A Mini spokesman put this down to the “simplification of the production of engines ahead of EU6C emissions requirements.”
Is available in black or white and is marked by the exclusive stickers with 1499 GT down on the side of the bottom of the car – a nod to the original 1275 GT – that are gold or black depending on the color of the body. The John Cooper Works Sport Pack is included and, in the interior, the car has JCW sport seats, steering wheel and door entry plates.
The 1499 GT car has 17in wheels standard that are painted black.
Under the hood, without changes in the standard 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged Minis, which means 101bhp and 62 mph in 10.1 sec.
Mini is building the uk-only special edition, between November and February, and it is hoped that the Â£16,990 car to sell quickly. The sales have already started, but deliveries aren’t expected until later in November.
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