BMW is making full use of its London 2012 Olympics sponsorship by launching two new Mini editions

BMW is making full use of its London 2012 Olympics sponsorship by launching two new London-inspired versions of the Mini. The two models, the Mini Baker Street and Mini Bayswater, will go on sale in the spring.

The Mini Baker Street can be ordered in either One, One D, Cooper or Cooper D trim. Named after the street made famous by Sherlock Holmes, the Baker Street gets special bonnet stripes, gloss black 16in alloys and gloss black mirror housings.

See images of the Mini Baker Street and Bayswater special editions

It comes in Rooftop Grey as standard and Pepper White and Midnight Black colours are optional. Special Baker Street logos sit above the side indicator bulbs and on the side sill plates. The Chrome Line exterior and interior packages are standard, as is the Pepper Pack.

The Mini Bayswater, named after the London district between Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, is available to order in Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD models.

It gets an exclusive Kite Blue paint finish, 17in gloss black alloys, a black roof, sports stripes for the bonnet and black striped exterior mirror housings. Other colour options include Midnight Black and Eclipse Grey.

All Bayswater models get special Bayswater badging on the side door sills, above the side indicator housings and on the special Punch Leather seats. Other interior features include Piano Black trim and stainless steel pedals. As with the Baker Street Minis, Bayswater models come with the Chrome Trim and Pepper Packs as standard.

Late last year BMW released three other London 2012 tie-in editions

Prices for the Baker Street will start at £16,365, with the Bayswater range beginning at £18,565. The arrival of the Baker Street and Bayswater means two other ‘London’ special editions, the Pimlico and Soho, will be discontinued.

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19 January 2012

I'm baffled as to why they've revealed these London-inspired MINIs wearing German number plates. Baker Street sounds cool but Bayswater... just doesn't have the ring to it!

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19 January 2012

Looking forward to the Tower Hamlets edition.

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20 January 2012

[quote Mini1]I'm baffled as to why they've revealed these London-inspired MINIs wearing German number plates. Baker Street sounds cool but Bayswater... just doesn't have the ring to it![/quote] Spot on. It drives me crazy when I see mainstream cars advertised in the UK with foreign plates or as left hand drive. In these days of Photoshop and so on, it must be easy to make the vehicles 'market friendly'. Not doing so makes me very anti that manufacturer for being so cynical to think we won't notice or don't care.

20 January 2012

I'm a MINI fan, but I'm getting a bit bored with these London themed special editions now. They're all a bit predictable, black alloys, leather seats, stripes, etc, and I think the're being announced too often. I don't think the customers are too keen either, judging by the number of pre-reg Pimlico and Hamptons that seem to be hanging around on the MINI cherished website. The fact that the dealers can't explain why the cost of some of these editions is more than the additional cost of the extras on the basic model doesn't help. Much better to spec up a mainstream trim level to what you actually want.

20 January 2012

[quote Mini1]I'm baffled as to why they've revealed these London-inspired MINIs wearing German number plates.[/quote]

It is a German company

20 January 2012

[quote Autocar]...The Mini Bayswater, named after the London district between Knightsbridge and Notting Hill...[/quote] Bayswater is between Knightsbridge and Notting Hill? Since when?

20 January 2012

[quote BriMarsh]Looking forward to the Tower Hamlets edition[/quote]

Quite.

Do you think the Elephant and Castle version will be one model, or two separate editions?


20 January 2012

Symptom of impending new model. I'd like the Mornington Crescent edition, distinguished by the horn which is a trumpet riff by Humphrey Lyttleton

20 January 2012

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Symptom of impending new model. I'd like the Mornington Crescent edition, distinguished by the horn which is a trumpet riff by Humphrey Lyttleton

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Surely it is the "Baker Street" version that should have a saxophone instead of a horn? (With royalties to Raphael Ravenscroft who played it.)

20 January 2012

Surely if they were going to milk their Olympic connection then it should be Mini Stratford, Mini Greenwich, Mini Portsmouth etc etc...?

 

 

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