Compact and Exotic Travelers: Mini, Lexus Offer Luggage for Countryman, LFA

Custom luggage is a throwback to an era when many high-end automakers offered luggage custom-tailored to match a vehicle. Both Mini and Lexus still offer the time-honored tradition, and have just announced custom luggage offerings to match their hottest vehicle offerings.

Lexus’ hottest car right now is, of course, the smoking-hot LFA — an engineer’s carbon-fiber dream. As such, the custom luggage by Tumi for the LFA is done in a carbon fiber-like material to match the real deal found inside the LFA and under its paint. The luggage also features exterior aluminum straps to mimic the lightweight metal used in the LFA.

Each piece of custom luggage will be inscribed with the VIN corresponding to the owner’s LFA. This means that only as many sets of luggage will be produced as LFAs — 500. Each set of custom luggage comes with two cases, one intended for longer getaways and the other for when LFA owners take their car to the track.

Rather than simply offering one line of luggage for its Countryman SUV, Mini developed three different luggage lines. The first is the Mini Rooftop Collection, which follows the paint schemes offered on Mini’s unique roofs, and a durable hard shell. Like the Mini Countryman’s roof options, the Rooftop Collection luggage comes either decked-out in contrasting racing stripes (white with black, or vice versa) or with the British Union Jack.

The second Mini luggage line is the Black Jack Collection, a set of soft-sided luggage and accessories that all feature the Union Jack in a subtle black-on-gray color scheme. Pieces offered in the line are a standard suitcase, laptop bag, duffel bag, wallet, and purse.

Finally, Mini’s Shout Collection features black-and-white photographs of a Mini rally car traversing the snow or a Mini in front of London’s iconic Big Ben clock tower. Available products include a messenger bag, wallet, and purses. The entire collection of luggage, bags and wallets will undoubtedly be a hit among Mini owners and fans alike.

Source: Lexus, Mini

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2011 MINI Cooper

2011 MINI Cooper

MSRP $19,400 Base Hatchback

0-60 MPH:

8.1 SECS


29 City / 37 Hwy

Horse Power:

121 @ 6000