2014 Mini Clubman Bond Street: You’re Probably Better Off with a Used Goodwood Edition
Even after a decade of business under German management, Mini is still beating away at the “We’re Cheeky Brits” drum. Beyond Union Jack decals and London Olympics sponsorship, the company has offered such a flood of London-inspired special editions that one assumes they were the product of a weeklong pub crawl. (Ja, I vill have ze fish und chips!) The latest is the Clubman Bond Street, named for a posh shopping neighborhood best described as a rainier, colder, less-silicon-implanted Rodeo Drive.
The standard Clubman—with either the 121-hp Cooper engine or the 181-Cooper S unit—is sprayed in a metallic black paint, while the roof, C-pillars, and trim are done in a gold color called Cool Champagne. Seats, armrests, and the instrument panel are all trimmed in black leather with contrasting stitching. Mini is including a number of options as standard kit for the Clubman Bond Street, including chrome exterior trim, automatic climate control, and rain-sensing automatic headlights.
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It’s an appealing package for a small number of buyers, many of whom, we suspect, will only learn the Clubman Bond Street exists when they fall in love with one at the dealer. For people who want a particularly special Mini, though, the real action is with a leftover or slightly used Mini Inspired by Goodwood, the brand’s we-won’t-say-Rolls-Royce homage to Rolls-Royce. There are unsold cars with delivery miles advertised for $40,000—that’s 23 percent off the original price—and used ones ring in for even less. Pricing for the Clubman Bond Street will be cheap as chips in comparison; the exact number will be released closer to the car’s arrival at dealers this March.