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2011-02-03 14:14

MINI MILESTONE: The Hampton special edition celebrates 50 years of Mini customisation.

A new special edition Mini Clubman Hampton will soon be on its way to South Africa.

Inspired by a suburb of the same name in London, England, the special Mini will allow customers to choose from a range of paint finishes, alloy rims, upholstery, interior trim and options such as mirror caps and graphics.

In its regular guise, the Clubman Hampton is finished in the bespoke Reef Blue metallic shade created specially for it while the roof, rear door surrounds and wheels are silver. Pepper White, Midnight Black and Eclipse Grey can be specified as optional exterior colours, while the black and blue shades are options for the roof and C pillars.

The special alloy rims can be ordered in silver, or black with red trim.

MARCH 2011

Inside the cabin, the “Mini 50 Hampton” door sills refer to the 50 years that Mini has been allowing its owners to add bodywork to their cars. An “H” on the seat tags and red and orange contrasting trim set the seats, upholstered in black leather, apart from the standard Mini fare.

Anthracite trim is used for the roof lining and the rev counter and speedometer dials although the speedo, like the wheels, is also in a red ring.

The Hampton edition comes standard with the Chilli Pack, which means prospective owners should look forward to a sports leather steering wheel, fog lights, aircon, a lighting package and special velour mats, among other items.

Production of the Mini Clubman Hampton will be limited to one year and BMW SA has confirmed the special edition model - in Cooper and Cooper S - will be available in South Africa from March, 2011.

The company also used the opportunity to announce a more powerful SD turbodiesel engine and new John Cooper Works packages for the range. However, the latest diesel model will not be sold in South Africa while the sportier John Cooper Works options have not yet been confirmed for this country.

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