Mini Celebrates Olympics With Special-Edition Cars in China

The 2012 Olympic Games are being held this summer in London, thousands of miles away from China, but that hasn’t stopped Mini’s Chinese outpost from creating some special-edition cars to commemorate the Games. The MINI Cooper models seen here wear unique paint and decals in honor of the Olympics.

The China Olympic Special Edition cars are based on a Mini Cooper with the 120-hp, 1.6-liter inline-four engine. Changes to the cars comprise golden stripes (which are shaped to look like a running track on the roof); a special numbered “Mini China Olympic Special Edition” badge on the grille; and mirror caps adorned with a grayscale image of the Union Jack flag.

Mini has also dished up special-edition cars for the U.K. market, which seems somewhat more appropriate given that the 2012 Olympic Games will be held in there. Those cars wear fetching Chilli Red, White Silver, or Lightning Blue paint; Olympic logos; and dashboard graphics reading, “London 1 of 2012.”

The Olympic Special Edition cars will reportedly go on sale in China in July. Mini has yet to announce pricing for the models.

Sources: Mini, China Car Times


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2012 MINI Cooper

2012 MINI Cooper

MSRP $24,950 Base Convertible


29 City / 37 Hwy

Horse Power:

121 @ 6000


114 @ 4250