MINI 1499 GT - special edition One unveiled for the UK

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The Mini 1499 GT will be sold exclusively in the United Kiingdom for £299 per month and comes in the form of a beefed up Mini One - retaining the 101-horsepower (75-kilowatt), 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine and six-speed manual gearbox.

It may seem borderline asinine to commemorate the sportiest Mini of the 1970s, the 1275 GT, with a special edition of the company's cheapest and slowest model, but that's exactly what MINI has done. Additional exterior features include the MINI John Cooper Works Sport Pack, featuring 17-inch Track Spoke black alloy wheels, dark tinted windows, white indicator lenses, John Cooper Works front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a split level spoiler and John Cooper Works door entry plates.

In the 1499 GT, the new engine produces 102hp and takes the vehicle through 62mph from rest in 10.1 seconds. Mechanically the only other change over the standard auto is the addition of sports suspension.

Buyers can choose from "Pepper White" or "Midnight Black", with 1499 GT side graphics in black and gold respectively.

The MINI 1499 GT special edition is inspired by a classic version of the small auto but also signifies a change in powertrain direction for the BMW-owned range.

Inside, there are sports seats upholstered in leather and Dinamica microfibre, a JCW multifunction steering wheel with Chilli Red stitching, cruise control and a Visual Boost radio with MINI Connected smartphone connectivity.

Just 1,499 examples will be built between November 2017 and February 2018, with prices starting from £16,990. A sports suspension completes the MINI 1499 GT package, which also includes all of the standard equipment found on the MINI One Hatch. The 1499 has an equipment upgrade over the standard vehicle, too, featuring cruise control, air conditioning and "Connected" smartphone compatibility.

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