MINI 5 Door Carbon Edition on sale in Australia from $56,900

June 23, 2016

MINI has unveiled a special edition model for Australia based on the 5 Door, called the Carbon Edition, complete with visual tweaks and an upgrade in power courtesy of JCW.

2016 MINI 5 Door Carbon Edition

The Carbon Edition is based on the Cooper S version of the 5 Door, and has received upgrades from John Cooper Works, with an extra 14kW and 20Nm squeezed out of the 2.0-litre turbocharged unit. Outputs now stand at 155kW and 300Nm.

Further performance upgrades include an electronic damper control system with sport and track modes, and a new exhaust system with carbon fibre tips.

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel-mounted gear shifters.

Upgrades to the exterior include a new carbon fibre hood scoop, 17-inch black alloys, LED headlights, and carbon scattered across the doors, mirror caps, roof, front bumper and rear spoiler.

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2016 MINI 5 Door Carbon Edition-rear

Inside, there’s a new Dinamica/leather trim with red stitching, leather steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and a sunroof. There’s also an optional sports chrono package that adds more instrument dials for boost pressure and oil pressure and a stopwatch for lap times.

Like the rest of the MINI range, the Carbon Edition is covered by MINI’s three year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

Just 40 units will make it to Australian shores, with prices starting at $56,900 drive-away. This is a $14,000 premium over the standard Cooper S 5 Door, and a $4000 premium over the John Cooper Works variant.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.