Special Edition Mini GraphiteNew limited edition Mini
06 May 2009
Mini has announced a new special edition, adding value to its One, Cooper and Cooper D hatchback range.
Called the Mini Graphite, its major selling point is the 'Dark Silver' metallic paint that comes as standard. Significant, because this shade has previously only been available on the top spec Cooper S and John Cooper Works Minis.
The Graphite also features white indicator lenses, piano black interior trim, special badges and alloy wheels – 15-inches in diameter for the One, 16-inches for the Cooper and Cooper D.
The One also gets black bonnet stripes, the Cooper and Cooper D a choice of white or black.
Extra kit, extra value?
The upgrades apparently add up to a saving of between £225 and £280, when comparing the cost of the Mini Graphite to its non-special edition equivalents.
However, according to current ‘on the road’ prices, the Mini One Graphite at £13,075 is actually less expensive than the ordinary Mini One, which starts at £13,420.
It’s a similar story for the Cooper D Graphite, which is £15,660 compared to £15,925. The Cooper Graphite is £14,590, the regular Cooper £14,790.
Special editions popular
Previous Mini special editions have proved popular as both new and used cars. And according to industry experts Glass’s Guide, the Graphites will be worth three percent more than ordinary Minis in three years’ time.
At this age and with 60,000 miles they should still be worth 50 percent of the original purchase price.
The special edition Mini Graphites are on sale now, with first deliveries expected in time for the Mini United festival taking place at the Silverstone racing circuit 22-24 May.
This celebrates 50 years of Mini, and includes a musical line-up featuring Paul Weller and Calvin Harris.
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