MINI Malaysia held a special Track Day for the enthusiasts to showcase its latest model line-ups at the Sepang circuit, last Friday. Although a premium make, the MINI brand hasn't quite taken off like the BMWs, for obvious reasons. But, as part of the BMW Malaysia repertoire, MINI’s current models have an iconic status, particularly with members of the fairer sex.
MINI star model for the Track day was none other than the Limited Edition Countryman Blackheath Edition, along with the scintillating line-ups of the John Cooper Works and Clubman variants. Lucky participants from the local media and enthusiasts had the opportunity to pit their driving skills to the test in the available MINI line-ups on the 5.543 km former Formula 1 track. Prior to the on-track experience, drivers were briefed about the essence of MINI in the country and safety precautions while on track. MINI Malaysia took the chance to reiterate the multiple models, introduced through last year.
Everyone was stoked when it was time to hit the tracks. The on-track session saw drivers took their positions to get into some of MINI’s most powerful JCW models at the paddock area. Before long, the entourage lined up at the lights to exit the pitlane. As many as 10 MINIs were on track as the drivers got themselves fully immersed in pounding the MINI JCWs on track. MINI Malaysia also brought forth the classic JCW for showcase. Some of the MINI models on track were the John Cooper Works Countryman 306HP, JCW Clubman and the standard 3-Door/5-Door counterparts Clubman.
Following the drive, the drivers testified that the MINI cars offered lots of driving fun and a go-kart feeling, which the brand is known for through the decades. The driving fun of MINIs enabled the drivers to perform high-speed handbrake turns, pound the cars through 15 challenging corners of the track, braking and toy with handling in tricky conditions. The MINI cars, in its own right, offers an impeccable handling, state-of-the-art technology, and top-notch safety, quality and reliability.
MINI Midnight Black (BlackHeath) Edition
Shortly following its release on 21 February, MINI put on display the Countryman Blackheath Edition during the MINI track day. The Blackeath version is a limited-edition in dramatic all-black design of the Countryman line-up.
The New MINI Countryman Blackheath Edition, the first special edition of its generation, offers menacing looks with its Midnight Black exterior color and Piano Black features. From matte bonnet stripes in brushed aluminium to the aerodynamic caps and 19-inch JCW Circuit wheels, the car brings a fresh new approach to elegance.
Inside, the Blackheath Countryman has Anthracite headliner complemented with sports seats in leather and carbon black. The cabin is defined by the MINI Yours Illuminated trim in piano black, 12 ambient colors and the unmistakable 12-speaker Harman Kardon Sound system with DSP Amplifier and Class-D technology. MIN Connected and CarPlay add further modern touches to the Black-edition Countryman.
The Countryman Blackheath carries a 2.0-liter bi-turbo that outputs 192 hp and 280Nm of torque, with a top speed of 225km/h. The engine’s paired to a 7-speed dual clutch sports auto transmission.
The MINI Countryman Bleckheath comes in Midnight Black color only with a price tag of RM 253,888.00.