Mini's limited edition, retro-inspired hatch has fast looks but low costs

Mini has revealed a limited edition model targeting younger drivers or those looking for cracking, hot hatch looks with lower running costs.

The Mini 1499 GT will be available for £299 per month and is based on the Mini One, meaning you get the same 101bhp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox (tech specs below). But as you may have noticed, it looks way cooler than a normal Mini One. 

2017 Mini 1499 GT
2017 Mini 1499 GT

The cool comes courtesy of a full John Cooper Works bodykit and black 17-inch JCW wheels, plus the colours, which are limited to the Midnight Black and gold shown here, or Pepper White with black decals. You also get JCW sports seats, JCW badging and leather multifunction steering wheel with red stitching, so you won’t feel short-changed inside.

And if you recognise those decals then you must be a Mini aficionado, as they're designed to be a nod to the original Mini 1275 GT shown above. We certainly reckon they look great.

2017 Mini 1499 GT
2017 Mini 1499 GT

Only 1499 examples of this special edition, three-door GT model will be made, and you can buy it with a £299 deposit followed by another £299 per month for the next 48 months, assuming a 10,000 mile annual limit. That also includes insurance for the first year, although you must have held a full UK licence for three years to qualify. 

The £16,990 list price of the 1499 GT actually puts it at £600 more than the faster 134bhp Mini Cooper, but of course that's not as well equipped, wouldn’t have the butch looks and lovely retro decals of the GT, and would be more expensive to insure (the GT shouldn't cost much more than the group 12E Mini One to insure). 

The Mini 1499 GT will arrive in UK dealerships in November this year.

Gallery: 2017 Mini 1499 GT

Mini 1499 GT

Base Price £16,990
Engine 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed manual
Output 102bhp / 133lb ft
Speed 0-62 MPH 10.1sec
Top Speed 121mph (est)
Efficiency 62mpg (est)