What you’re looking at above is one of ten examples of a specially-designed Mini Cooper created by fans of the German marque.
So why are these designs relevant? Well, one of them will be built by Mini as a special-edition model.
All ten of these Mini Coopers, each with custom graphics and special accessories, are going to be part of a special promotion by Mini wherein fans will be given a chance to vote for their favorite design on a dedicated website. Best hurry, though, because the deadline for votes ends today.
Whichever design gets the most votes will be announced at the New York Auto Show on April 16th before Mini goes back to its design lab and builds 56 models of the winning design.
Now that we’ve gotten the specifics out of the way, here’s our three finalists: the Tron-inspired design, the white Cooper with an intricate blue dragon graphic, and the orange Cooper with the tiger on the roof. The last one may be a little tacky for some, but hey, it’s going to definitely stand out, right?
As for our favorite, the Tron Cooper gets our vote.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper.
The next-generation Mini Cooper made its long-awaited debut last November and while initial glances seem to point to a relative lack of distinctive changes, a closer look will tell you the exact opposite.
Among other things, the new Cooper received a revised grille with a smooth, one-piece chrome frame. The headlights were also revised with new graphics and clearly structured inner workings. But the biggest change is the overall shape of the nose, which is far less upright than the previous generation, a change that has given the Cooper a more athletic profile.
Under its hood, the new Cooper gets a variety of engine options, including a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder that delivers a total of 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds with the manual transmission or 7.8 seconds with an automatic with a top speed of 130 mph.
Pricing for the 2014 Cooper begins at $19,950 for the base Cooper model and $23,600 for the Cooper S.