New Mini 1499 GT special edition arrives

Mini 1499 GT kick-starts 1.5-litre-only Mini range

New Mini 1499 GT special edition arrives

Mini has reinvented the supermini yet again with its new entry-level model, launching in special edition GT styling, named the 1499 GT.

The 1499 GT is the latest special edition to be launched by MINI, with a nod to one of the best known sporty classic Mini, the 1275 GT - introduced in 1969.

Despite looks which shout "JCW", all this limited edition MINI - just 1499 are being built for the United Kingdom market - gets is a de-tuned 1.5 litre three-pot engine delivering a non-sporty 101bhp.

The MINI 1499 GT is now on sale at MINI's United Kingdom dealers, with customer cars expected to start arriving in November.

Only two exterior colours are offered, Pepper White and Midnight Black, both featuring contrasting side stripes.

The 1499 GT features the sports suspension set up as featured in the Cooper S, as well as the JCW sports pack styling kit, clear indicators, 17-inch alloy wheels and a gold graphics pack.

Although our initial assumption was that it would share its heart with the 100kW Mini Cooper, or even get a power hike, the 1499 is in fact powered by a detuned version of that 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbopetrol engine, producing just 75kW.

Inside, Mini has fitted fabric and leather trimmed sports seats, a JCW sports steering wheel, cruise control, an upgraded stereo and carbon black details.

Sports suspension completes the MINI 1499 GT package, which includes features such as independent rear suspension, a six-speed manual gearbox, air conditioning and all-round disc brakes.

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