The new MINI 1499 GT is available to order in Ireland now, priced from €24,250.

The latest special edition to join the MINI line-up celebrates MINI’s heritage with a nod to one of the best known sporty classic Minis of all time, the 1275 GT.

The 1499 GT will be built in a limited production run of just 1,499 cars between November 2017 and February 2018.

Under the bonnet there’s a three cylinder 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine producing 102hp. 0-100km/h is 10.1 seconds.

There will be a choice of two colours, Pepper White or Midnight Black. In Midnight Black, the car gets distinctive gold 1499 GT side stripes. Pepper White models feature the same distinctive graphics, but in black.

Additional exterior features include the MINI John Cooper Works Sport Pack, featuring 17” Track Spoke alloy wheels in Black, dark tinted windows and white indicator lenses. The styling pack includes distinctive John Cooper Works front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a split level spoiler and John Cooper Works door entry plates.

Interior features include John Cooper Works Sports seats in Dinamica and leather and JCW badges, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chilli Red stitching and multi-function controls, cruise control, a Visual Boost radio with MINI Connected smartphone compatibility and Piano Black interior trim, along with Carbon Black interior details and an Anthracite headlining. Air con is also standard.

A sports suspension completes the MINI 1499 GT package.

To celebrate the 181 registration period, a €1,000 purchase contribution towards the MINI 1499 GT is also available now for a limited period.

Caroline Kidd