Five units of exclusive special model Minis commemorating the first triumph of the iconic hatch at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally arrives at local showrooms — in Alabang, Pampanga, and the Mini Service Factory. With a price tag of P3,250,000.00, you can now drive home a Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition in Moonwalk Grey Metallic and Starlight Blue colors from the MINI Cooper S 3-door variant.
Befitting its racing lineage, the Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition is outfitted with a four-cylinder petrol engine with Mini Twin Power Turbo Technology (turbocharging, direct injection, VALVETRONIC). And although small in stature, this hot hatch can put out 192 horses and 280 Nm of torque for a top speed of 253kph, and can go from zero to 100kph in 6.7 seconds.
For the uninitiated, the legendary 1964 Monte Carlo Rally gave Mini its first of three overall victories in the said event. The then 30-year-old Northern Irish rally driver Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk sat behind the wheel of the winning compact car. The Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition was released to commemorate the British automotive marque’s achievement in the history of international motor racing.
The special Minis will also don the winning car’s start number 37 in its driver and on the Mini’s side scuttles. You can also find Hopkirk's signature at the hood of the Mini atop the white bonnet stripe on the left side of the bonnet as well as on the tailgate on the rear and on the hatch’s decorative trim strip on the passenger’s side finished with a key cap with the start number 37.
The edition model harks back to the iconic style of the historic rally winner through its paint work. Its radiator’s frame and horizontal grille is finished in high-gloss black as well as the lower air intake inserts, the bonnet opening, the door handles, the fuel filler flap, the tailgate handle, the Mini logos at its front and rear, and the surrounding frame of its headlights and rear lights — which come in a special Union Jack design.
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