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The special edition MINI Seven was unveiled yesterday and the Internet seems ablaze with opinions. Jalopnik is doing their click-bait thing and calling it a deperste hipster malarkey while others are wondering why it’s worth even reporting in. The reality is that MINI has a mostly successful history with global special editions dating back to the 2006 model year. But before we go any further lets outline the typical two types of special editions.



1. Global special edition. This typically has unique trim, seat materials, exterior colors and badging. In other words it’s a look that cannot be duplicated with normal options. Case in point, the MINI Seven.



2. Market specific special edition. Here MINI USA or other regional MINI outposts take off the shelf color and trim and add stickers. This can sometimes be combined with port or dealer installed off the shelf accessories a la the MINI Carbon edition.

3. Limited edition models. In this example MINI thoroughly re-engineers a car to create a unique limited edition model that has unique color, trim along with chassis and drivetrain enhancements that aren’t available elsewhere. The GP for instance.

Now the big questions:

Which do you prefer?
Which would you like to see MINI make more of?
What are you willing to spend?


Everyone wants a GP type of vehicle but there are economic realities with a limited edition model that special edition packages don’t have to content with. So what special or limited edition MINI would you like to see?

Let me put my 2 cents to the questions.:D

I am fine with a global edition as long as I can spec the car to my liking.(Better pricing for mods from the manufacture dealer mods are just too costly)

A smaller Mini like the Rocket Man with a Petro Engine since the new one got a little big.:D:D

25 to 30K anything over that is a waste of $$$ imo.
 

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I've always liked global special editions - they are a more rare MINI (though not too rare) that can appeal to a wider range of people and when they stop making them, it's kind of fun for MINI fans like me to point them out. They typically don't carry too much of a premium, though they are by nature not as customizable. Other examples of recent special edition MINIs: the Park Lane Countryman, the Black Knight Countryman (so cool), the MINI Highgate, the TRON F56 (This one might have been US only - not super popular anyway, but still really cool).

The limited edition runs are cool if you want to stand out even more, but they are usually slow sellers. The advantage is you can score a pretty good deal once it's been sitting at the dealer for a few months. My dealer had a Carbon Edition for several months, another local dealer had a GP on it's lot for over a year, etc. I suppose the Black Knight was a limited edition also, but they didn't last long. Dealer got two and one sold before it even arrived and the other was sold shortly after.
 
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When I ordered my MCS the dealership had a matte black Countryman, could have been a Black Knight Edition. It looked awesome but they had to put Do Not Touch signs on the windows since the paint showed every fingerprint and was impossible to keep clean.
If you're OCD about your car's appearance that was not the car for you.
 

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When I ordered my MCS the dealership had a matte black Countryman, could have been a Black Knight Edition. It looked awesome but they had to put Do Not Touch signs on the windows since the paint showed every fingerprint and was impossible to keep clean.

If you're OCD about your car's appearance that was not the car for you.


The dealer made special edition
 

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The dealer made special edition
Very possible, but I remember the option sheet and pricing showing it came from the factory that way.
 

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When I ordered my MCS the dealership had a matte black Countryman, could have been a Black Knight Edition. It looked awesome but they had to put Do Not Touch signs on the windows since the paint showed every fingerprint and was impossible to keep clean.
If you're OCD about your car's appearance that was not the car for you.
Yep - that's the Black Knight Edition. I think all the dealers put up "Don't Touch" signs on their display models. I know when it comes in off the truck there are all kinds of warnings everywhere with how to treat it as well (ie - no wax. It will ruin the finish). A lot of maintenance!
 
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