I have just seen proof that the official MINI body kit ruins the lines of the MINI!.
I parked my silver/black MINI next to another silver/black MINI c/w body kit and 17" "S" spoke wheels in a car park last night. My standard MINI made the body kitted one look messy and unfinished.
Just a personal opinion, but MINI made a serious mistake not giving the chrome grill and inserts as an option with the body kit.
I was going to spec. the body kit for my replacement cooper, but I won't now!!
I saw a kitted Cooper on Saturday. The grill looked OK (a body-colored surround would improve the looks immensely); the part that I didn't like was the body-colored arches on the front and rear "bumpers" - the lower sill and front/rear arches were body-colored, while the remainder of each arch was still black. The car also had hood stripes, and I think the white stripes help integrate the white roof and mirrors into what was otherwise a red and black car.
Saw my first Velvet Red (and White) MINI on Saturday and that had the black grille in what's called the "aerodynamic pack":
There was also another car in a MINI showroom with the black grille as well. Not so sure about the black grille myself but I don't actually hate it. I like the Velvet Red colour though - the car was parked in both sunshine and the shade so it was possible to get a good idea of what the colour looks like under all lighting conditions.
The dealer has a MINI ONE in Pure silver with the same alloys as mine but the other car had the aero kit & mesh grille, it looked minging
If you do opt of an aero pack then you must have at least 17" wheels under the arches Maybe they could use a black grille from a MINI ONE
See, I saw some of these in my local showroom, and absolutely loved them but I didn't know it was a body kit and though it was the new '02 variant - dont laugh!
The thing is I actually like them! I like them a lot!
I agree that perhaps the black grill looks slightly tacky, but perhaps having or getting a MINI ONE has made me soft on the chrome even though I have got or will have (ON THURSDAY ) chrome inserts! It just looks so much sportier I think!
So anyone know if they are fittable on the ONE and if so for how much?
I saw a silver/black cooper on Saturday with the black mesh at the back sprayed silver and with clear lights. It looked ace, and has persuaded me to save up some cash for it!! Think i'd stick some chrome back on though...