MINI Goes All Bentley in Vilner's Latest Tuning Project

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BMW Group decided to launch a new luxury version of their compact sub-brand’s most successful model called the “MINI Inspired by Goodwood”. But the bid for exclusivity from a major carmaker always results in ripples being created in the tuning word. As a result, the guys at Bulgarian design studio Vilner asked themselves the following question: “What would happen if we had a go at that kind of project?”

They did, and the result is a bit different, but still stylish. However, while the Goodwood model received the Rolls Royce touch, Vilner’s proposal tries to emulate a Bentley in the interior department. But is that such a bad thing? We don’t think so, as Vilner has gone with a more modern Continental GT-styled look with none of that silly wood on the dash.

The cabin is trimmed with soft-touch leathers and deep-pile carpets - all hand-crafted in Bentley's unmistakable style. Fine materials such as brown Nappa leather and Alcantara can be found everywhere, with parts of the seats, door panels, dashboard and roof lining featuring a diamond shape theme. In addition, the doors have gained elements of black leather while the original plastic was re-sprayed in a sparkling gray finish to imitate Bentley’s cool-touch metals.

Even though Vilner has baptized the car “The Italian Job” as homage to the famous movie, for obvious reasons, we think a more appropriate name would have been “Mini Inspired by Crewe” (the place where all things Bentley happen).

The customization isn’t limited to the interior, as the body of the Cooper S has been covered in a grey matte foil-wrap with contrasting black racing stripes and a matching color roof. A set of new 18-inch alloy wheels complete the look of The Italian Job.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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