The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong is one of the most expensive and luxurious hotels in the world and it seems fitting that in celebrating its 81st anniversary, the hotel is bequeathed with a classy and elegant present – or two.
To celebrate the hotel’s momentous occasion, MINI has given the Peninsula Hotel two special-edition Cooper S Clubmans to add to the hotel’s already world-famous car fleet.
Gert Hildebrand, head of MINI Design, was on-hand for the presentation of the two cars, which happened at the hotel’s world-renowned anniversary gala “Grande Dame of the Far East”. Accepting the cars on behalf of the Peninsula Hotel was Sir Michael Kadoorie, chairman of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. – the corporation that owns and operates the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong.
In line with the hotel’s theme, the two MINI Cooper S Clubmans were given a Brewster Peninsula Green paintwork with custom specific lettering on the doors and illuminated door sills. The Cooper S Clubmans also come with a roof rail, which allows the hotel guests to have extra space for their extended shopping binges in Hong Kong.
To say that 2009 has been a big year for MINI is an understatement. In line with the company’s 100th year anniversary, MINI has rolled out a laundry list of special edition vehicles this year alone. Over the course of a few months, MINI has introduced the Mayfair, the Camden, the JCW World Championship 50, and a host of other limited-run vehicles to commemorate the company’s 100th year of existence.
And now, MINI USA, as part of the lead-up for the introduction of the MINI Clubman JCW aero-kit – is bringing to the US the MINI “Rally Edition” Clubman S. With only 70 of these babies being shipped to the US, this “rally Edition” MINI is shaping up to be a must-have car for MINI enthusiasts in America. These guys better act fast, though, because reports have said that each MINI dealer in the US is scheduled to receive only one car, which comes with its own signature plaque signifying the ‘exclusivity’ of the car, for each store.
Mini announced the Mini One and One Clubman will be revealed in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Both models will go on sale shortly after, at a price of 15.200 euro for the Mini One and 18200 for the Mini One Clubman.
Mini One is powered by a 4-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 75 hp at 4 000 rpm. The maximum torque of 120 Newton meters is available at 2 500 rpm. Its technical features also include fully variable valve control, a volume-flow-controlled oil pump and a coolant pump which operates according to needs.
Mini One Clubman is powered by a 95 bhp 4-cylinder petrol engine, with a fuel consumption of 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers and CO2 emission of 130 grams per kilometer.
Both models are being offered with Earl Grey Package that includes a metallic paint finish in Dark Silver, sporty decor stripes at the body sides, specially designed wheel trim panels and white direction indicators. It is offered at a particularly attractive price not just for the MINI One with 55 kW, but also for the MINI One, the MINI Cooper and the MINI Cooper D as well as for the MINI One Clubman, the MINI Cooper Clubman and the MINI Cooper D Clubman.
For a car that is being showcased at the ultra-luxury Dutch Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam this Mini is a little lacking. The Clubman only really features a new matte black paint job, 18-inch wheels (17’ are standard), and a interior color not currently available from the factory (Hot Chocolate). The engine is the standard 1.6-liter 208 hp unit from the factory JCW Clubman.
Yes this car is a kinda fun, and the matte black definitely will make this different from the other Mini’s out there, but we expect something more creative from a company who has been a lot cooler in the past.
In celebration of the launch of the Mini Cooper Clubman in the Chinese market, Mini has chopped the back half off a handful of cars so they can be converted into rickshaws. The German built Mini’s were converted to rickshaws in Hong Kong, and then the ’rickiMINI’ was taken to Beijing to "bring good luck" to the Beijing Olympics. Mini is no doubt trying to capitalize on the global spotlight placed on Beijing with the current Olympic games.
The Life Ball MINI Clubman was auctioned on eBay for €45,000 to raise funds for AIDS research. For the last four years, MINI has provided the Life Ball charity with a special one-off model, each designed by an edgy artist.
This year, the MINI Clubman came dressed like a burlesque bedroom on wheels thanks to Agent Provocateur’s founder, Joseph Corré. Available video includes shots of the MINI’s re-design by Agent Provocateur, views of the photo shoot with the Mini and Agent Provocateur models, and soundbites from Joseph Corré.
If you’re a fan of the French Chateaux you’ll definitely like the new Mini Clubman Chateau by Aznom, the well-known French coachbuilder. Based on the Mini Clubman, the vehicle reveals the elegance of the Grands Chateaux but also a really special trunk with 6 bottles found in some specially created places which suggest the idea of a wine cellar.
The most spectacular thing about the new vehicle is the interior due to the fact that it features aged leather and Alcantara. Also the exterior received a special sandy/gold metallic paint for the top and pearly-changeable brown for the rest of the car. The vehicle will be built in limited edition of just 12 exclusive units featuring numbered labels with the name of the owners. No word about the price yet!
Mini will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the John Cooper Works Cooper and Clubman. The MINI John Cooper Works will be available in Germany at a price of 27,700 Euros, the price of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will be 29,500 Euros.
The heart beating under the bonnet of each of the two new extreme sports cars is that of a racer. The 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection delivers 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) and develops its maximum torque of 260 Newton-metres (192 lb-ft US) between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm – by means of overboost the torque can actually be increased to 280 Nm. (207 lb-ft US). The power unit is based on the engine of the John Cooper Works CHALLENGE, which will see its premiere at the MINI CHALLENGE 2008. It accelerates the MINI John Cooper Works in 6.5 seconds from 0–100 km/h, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman manages the spurt in just 0.3 seconds more.
The maximum torque of 260 Nm ( 192 lb-ft US) is available even at an engine speed of 1,850 rpm and up to a level of 5,600 rpm. During acceleration, torque is raised to 280 Nm (207 lb-ft US) by means of a brief increase in boost pressure between 2,000 and 5,300 rpm. This overboost function gives the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman an even more powerful response. The engine reaches its maximum output of 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) at 6,000 rpm. The spontaneous response is also reflected in the car’s acceleration figures. The MINI John Cooper Works takes 6.5 seconds to accelerate from 0–100 km/h, the time required by the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is 6.8 seconds. Both have a maximum speed of 238 km/h.
The 2008 MINI Clubman, an all-new addition to the MINI model line, is featured at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. With a little more room in the back and an innovative door configuration, the eagerly anticipated MINI Clubman defies convention in its concept and style. This all new addition to the MINI family will go on sale in the US February 16th, 2008 as both a Cooper and a Cooper S model. The MINI Cooper Clubman will be offered with a MSRP of $20,600, while the MINI Cooper S Clubman will come with a MSRP of $24,100. Both prices include a $650 Destination charge.