March 20, 2014:
Black Knight MINI Countryman
My first post in a long time, and introducing what will perhaps be my next MINI – the Black Knight edition MINI, which in USA at least will be very rare and only available as a Countryman. I first learned of this special edition MINI back in December, when I discovered that I’d missed press releases as long ago as October 2013:
[MINI USA] informs us … the nearly $5K package is the Frozen Black exterior finish, black headlight treatments, an anthracite headliner, a flat-load floor, Carbon Black leather upholstery, and what Mini describes as “some special accessories.” One Mini dealership we spoke to indicated that Black Knight Edition Countrymans will come de-badged, and that buyers will have a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, as well as front- or ALL4 all-wheel drive … Magna Steyr will handle paintwork at its facility in Graz, Austria, where the Countryman and Paceman are assembled. The labor-intensive process involved in applying the color is a factor in the limited production numbers”
I discovered that my new local MINI dealership, Orlando, was to receive one car, and it hadn’t been sold – so I put a deposit on it. And today, I learned that the car had arrived, so went over to check out the “frozen” paint finish:
I’m waiting on some final details from the dealership, but it’s possible that this car might soon replace my BMW X3!