Compared to a normal Cooper S, the Mayfair 50 edition has a few visual extras which could be considered eye-candy by quite a large number of people. The first thing to strike the eye is the special "Chocolate Magic" brownish metallic paint job. Together with the black roof and the chrome accents everywhere around the car, it leaves quite an artsy and retro impression on any beholder (or beer holder, if you're parking it in front of a pub).
Other differences consist of the twin rally-style headlights mounted in front of the grill, "Mayfair" badges instead of the "S" ones on the side of the hood and a "Mayfair 50" logo on the grill. All that, along with the aforementioned paint color and a special striped trimming for the exterior rear view mirrors really spice the look of the already spicy Mini Cooper S.
Considering we tested this car in two different occasions and in two different seasons (autumn and winter), you will see two different sets of rims in the pictures. The 17-inch multi-spoke ones also come with the Mayfair 50 edition package, while the uglier-looking 16-inch ones were fitted with winter tires, so we were kind of stuck with them in this time of year.
Moreover, our car was also fitted with tinted rear windows, so, along with the black roof and black pillars created an illusion of a floating roof. Either way, even in a non-Mayfair 50-equipped fashion, the Cooper S stands out as one of the most beautiful small hatches on the market. Some say that this title is slowly fading away since the introduction of the 8C Competizione-inspired Alfa Romeo MiTo.
Even so, the Mini and the Alfa are very differently-styled cars. At least in terms of retro-styling bits, the Mini wins the comparo hands downs, while the overall design is a matter of taste after all. Still, we must admit it's one of our favorites small hatches out there, whether we're talking about the general proportions or just the little details.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
I see what you did there... ahem... trying to trick me into liking this car, eh? What did you think, just because I almost have royal blood flowing through my veins (OK, by alliance), and I kissed the Queen's hand, I should like everything that comes out of Britain by default? Well... ahem... I kind of do, actually. You got me on this one.
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