Because bringing out one Olympics edition Mini Cooper wasn’t enough, Mini is sending out another pair of special editions to satiate our need for meat pies, tea and crumpets, jolly good motoring, and a bloody good time. Enter the 2012 Mini Cooper Baker Street and 2012 Mini Cooper Bayswater special editions.
Now we know you’re thinking: “So what? These cars aren’t much different than any other Mini Cooper hatchback.” You’re right. But there are all sorts of little details scattered throughout the two cars that will make you find them as endearing as Mr. Bean or a Doctor Who marathon.
Take, for instance, their names. The Mini Cooper Baker Street is named after that fanciful place where Sherlock Holmes set up shop to save London from ever-imminent disaster. The Bayswater name comes from the bar- and restaurant-heavy district of London. Both follow a naming trend that began with the original Mini in naming special editions after London suburbs. We know, it’s cheeky.
Each has a little different mission, though. The grey and black Mini Cooper Baker Street has 16-inch wheels and is supposed to be more trendy. It comes with chrome trim, foglamps, and special interior and exterior designs including a cloth/leather combination for the seats. It’ll only be available with the Mini’s standard 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and it’ll be paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic.
The blue-on-blue Mini Cooper Bayswater will come with standard 17-inch wheels, and it’ll be available with either the base engine or the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine from the Mini Cooper S that pumps out a more exhilarating 181 horsepower. Like the Baker Street edition, the Bayswater will also come with a standard six-speed manual and optional six-speed automatic.
But unlike the more sedated model, the Bayswater will have full leather seats and stainless steel pedals. Both models carry interior colors and themes to match their exteriors.
Unlike most of the Mini editions named after London suburbs, these two will be available in the U.S.—and soon. Mini says to expect the Baker Street and Bayswater editions to make a limited production run for 2012, and they will be reaching U.S. dealers in spring. Because royal weddings, the Olympic games, pop singer Adele festering the radio waves, and a slew of translated-for-U.S.-consumption reality TV shows weren’t enough, these special edition Minis might finally do the trick.