News | The MINI 1499 GT is the 1275 GT of Today

The MINI 1499 GT is the 1275 GT of Today

MINI launch a 1,499 production run car for the UK and Ireland. 

I’m a MINI fan. I’ve always liked the classic Minis and the only reason I don’t own one is because of insurance. So as a compromise, I bought an R53 Mini Cooper S. MINI have announced they will be building a limited run model and I want it!

The 2018 MINI 1499 GT will be a limited run model between the UK and Ireland only. Only 1,499 units will be built and it is priced from €24,250. The new model pays homage to the 1960’s 1275 GT. The name refers to the engine size CC.  A 1.5 petrol 3-cylinder turbo produces the 1,085kg hatch. Producing just 102hp and a 0-100km/h time of 10.1 seconds, the 1499 GT aims to focus on slow, fun – Like the Minis of old. Mated to the 3-cylinder petrol engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox. A sports suspension completes the package for the 1499 GT.

The GT will be built from November 2017 to February 2018 and is available in two colours; Midnight Black and Pepper White. The car has 1499 GT decals along the bottom of the doors which will be either black or gold, depending on what body colour chosen.

The 1499 GT comes with the John Cooper Works Sport Pack including black 17” alloys, JCW bumpers, side skirts, spoiler and door entry plates. Inside, the 1499 GT has to offer JCW sports seats and steering wheel, cruise control, Piano Black trim with carbon fibre details and Anthracite headlining.

Ian Fitzpatrick


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