It’s hardly surprising anymore when we open our news feed every morning and see that MINI has introduced yet another special edition model to their line-up.
The newest special edition MINI Cooper has been christened the Rauno Aaltonen Edition. If you can’t come to grasp with the name, Rauno Aaltonen is a rally legend, having won, among other races, the prestigious 1967 Monte Carlo Rally. And now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to check out what kind of digs MINI put on the Cooper Rauno Aaltonen to set it apart from the rest of its SE models.
On the outside, the car comes dressed with a Chili Red paint finish with a white air intake and matching stripes on the both the front and rear of the car. The eye-catching color scheme is also visible down the flanks and side scuttles and all the way to the checkerboard decals. Rounding out the exterior modifications are a fancy set of new 17" ‘Infinite Stream Spoke’ wheels.
Inside, the special edition Cooper Rauno Aaltonen received a new - and specially badged - leather-trimmed steering wheel. The speedometer also got tweaked and now comes with a red outer ring and an image of Aaltonen’s very own John Hancock.
The special edition program can be used on both the Cooper and Cooper S models, although the latter comes with an extra treat in the form of a one-day instructional session to drive on ice at the rally school owned by no less than Rauno himself and his son, Tino Aaltonen.