Scaling down Rolls-Royce luxury into a pint-sized package, Mini just released a production version the 2012 Mini Cooper Inspired by Goodwood model at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif. Lavishly decked out with top-notch materials, the Goodwood name is a nod to the development center of BMW’s Rolls-Royce division, the brand that helped design the ultra-lux version of the diminutive hatchback.
Starting at $52,000 including destination and handling, the Mini Goodwood costs more than twice the price of the Mini Cooper S on which it is based. Setting it apart, the Mini Inspired by Goodwood has Lounge leather interior seating, lambswool floor mats, a cashmere headliner, burled walnut-veneer interior panels and door handles, and a steering wheel wrapped in Walknappa leather with piano-black controls on it.
The materials are pulled straight from the Rolls-Royce parts bin. The Mini Cooper Inspired by Goodwood comes standard with Rolls-Royce’s Black Diamond color and special 17-inch wheels, but Mini’s coral blue is optional. Power comes by way of the Mini Cooper S’s supercharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower, mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Mini plans to have a limited production run of just 1000 Goodwoods, with only 140 of those slated for the U.S. Orders for the car will begin next month with deliveries scheduled to begin next spring. While a $52,000 Mini Cooper is slightly jarring to see upon first glance, it should be noted that the next-cheapest new car with a Rolls-Royce interior is the $246,500 Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan.