The Mini Inspired by Goodwood it is a interesting name for a very different parts bin special. We have materials and paints from Roll Royce. We have the heart of a Mini Cooper S. And 1000 very lucky people will get to own this little Gem.
Only 10 have made it to Australia and I have 1 of those 10. I have not seen any drive reviews or any hands on reviews of the Goodwood. I suppose Mini Australia didn’t put one in the press fleet.
So it is left to an owner to provide a review on the Goodwood.
None of the online photos do the paint any justice it is simply stunning up close it has a depth and quality beyond what you see on other Mini’s. The interior is full of Rolls Royce corn silk leather the quality and feel of this leather is exceptional it makes the leather in other Mini’s feel as hard as a park bench. Everything about the interior is about quality. I had a Mini with the old English Oak trim option and I use to call that genuine fake wood. In the Goodwood its the real thing. But it is coated in so much clear varnish it feels and looks like plastic.
The boy racer has been taken out of the Cooper S in the Goodwood there is no bonnet scoop and there are no flappy paddles on the steering wheel for the automatic. Having owned an automatic Cooper S these paddles were handy for when the auto wanted to hold a gear for too long. The Goodwood is the same in this regard where it holds 4th gear for too long in traffic. The Goodwood still has the Sport button and you can still move the Auto to manual mode I will how ever miss the flappy paddles in spirited driving.
Under the black paint and the corn silk leather there is the heart of a Cooper S so all the fun performance and handling of the Cooper S is there. It feels more refined and quiet than my last Cooper S auto. It may have something to do with higher quality carpet fitted to the Goodwood.
I have seen plenty comment online about the Goodwood a lot of that questioning the value of this car. The most common comment is why would you buy one when its twice the price of a normal Cooper S. Well it is almost twice the price of a base Cooper S. However if you are a high end Cooper S buyer with lots of options selected then the Goodwood isn’t that much more expensive.
You can option Mini Cooper S to within a few thousand dollars of the Goodwood. I have a well optioned JCW Clubman that is pretty dam close to the Goodwood in price. So people do shop at the top end in the Mini world.
Is the Goodwood a practical every day car? No I don’t think so you couldn’t (I couldn’t) leave in a car park at the mercy of other drivers who love to door cars or run shopping trolley’s into your car. The interior would be a nightmare to keep clean as an everyday car.
Our Goodwood the one in these photo’s will be a Sunday club run car it won’t ever be a daily driver and it will never go to the shops to buy milk.
9 other people in Australia will make choices about their Goodwood’s and how much they are used. I doubt many of them will be daily drivers.
I believe Mini have made a mistake in not giving these cars individual build numbers. How hard would it have been to do. The 1 of 1000 is honestly a bit of a cheap out on BMW’s part.
The Goodwood Register:
I am curious to know if any other Goodwood owners are interested in being part of a Goodwood Register. Leave a comment if you are. What form it will take is yet to be decided.