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Mini Cooper Royal Wedding Edition To Be Auctioned Off For Charity

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What wedding present can you give a couple who has everything? As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is set to tie the know on May 19, Mini has come up with a Mini Cooper Royal Wedding Edition that it will gift to the couple. But unlike other gifts which the couple will keep, this one will be gifted for charity.

The car will be given to the chosen charity of the couple that will then auction it. The full proceeds will go to the chosen charity. It has been reported that the Prince and Markle chose The Children’s HIV Association or CHIVA as the charity where the proceeds of the car sale will go to. HIV is an issue close to the heart of Princess Diane, Prince Harry’s late mother.

Mini’s design team customized and personalized the Mini Cooper 2-Door with a handmade roof graphic and a special edition interior. The designs are 3D printed and also feature special embroidery. The multi-layer roof graphic has been applied by hand and it’s a combination of the Union Jack and the Stars & Stripes, symbolizing the couple’s nationalities.

The opened doors will project a “Just Married” sign onto the ground as a special touch. All the small details around the car are bespoke—from the chrome finish to the side scuttles. Outside, the car is wrapped in Crystal White paint. Inside, it has a Satellite Grey leather with a trim strip announcing the first names of the bride and groom, as well as the wedding date. To match the roof’s graphics, there are complementary accents in the door cards.

If you want the Mini Cooper Royal Wedding Edition (not the official name) but can’t join the auction, you can have some of the custom work replicated through the Mini Yours personalization program. That even includes the 3D-printed parts as option.

B&B Automobiltechnik Boosts the 2016 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works

The Mini Cooper John Cooper Works is already the range-topping version of the Mini’s most iconic look. With 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, it doesn’t need more tuning.

But somehow, B&B Automobiltechnik decided to do more based on a report. Aside from giving it power that almost reaches to 300 horsepower, Automobiltechnik’s tuning program also offered a three-stage engine kit that adds different amounts of ponies on the John Cooper Works’ engine.

There are also upgrades on the chassis, suspension, and grip and handling—all of which complement the hatchback’s sporty looks.

Unlike Manhart Racing’s tuning program, B&B’s package for the Mini has minimal, if nothing, upgrades on the exterior and interior. However, what it does have is an affordable program we would all like to see on a hatchback.

The exterior updates on the JCW are just a set of new 18-inch B9 alloy wheels wrapped in 215/35R18 tires. There’s also the high-performance brake system that features 13-inch brake discs.

Inside, the tuner decided to keep everything the same.

We mentioned that there is a three-step engine upgrade for the JCW. The first step, dubbed the Stage 1 kit, can help the JCW take its power to 272 horsepower with no mention of torque improvement.

For the Stage 2 kit, B&B is offering a boost to 286 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. This can be done by improving the intake ducts and manifold to go along with the turbo boost increase by 0.25 bar.

Finally, the Stage 3 kit brings an amazing number of upgrades—a high-performance intercooler, upgraded intake ducts and manifold, high-flow exhaust downpipe, and a remap of the fuel, ignition and turbocharger boost curves.

This allows the engine to go up to 300 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. The top speed would be increased from 153 mph to 174 mph.

Prices range, of course. The Stage 1 kit will cost you $1,446; the Stage 2 kit, $2,172; and the Stage 3 kit, $4,400.

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