The GT Edition is mechanically identical to the 189bhp Cooper S with its 2-litre turbocharged engine and is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. What differentiates the GT Edition from a normal three-door Cooper S is a set of purely cosmetic changes.
Like the Mini Clubman 1275GT built between 1969 and 1980, the new GT Edition sports a set of stripes down each side, just above the sills. Unlike the original Mini GT, however, the new car also has stripes along the bonnet and down the boot.
The grey and red decals contrast with the new car’s metallic black paint and match the car’s red door mirrors and roof – not that there’s much of a roof left as the GT Edition comes with a panoramic sunroof as standard.