The new Mini 1499 GT makes sporty style accessible

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Mini has reinvented the supermini yet again with its new entry-level model, launching in special edition GT styling, named the 1499 GT.

The 1275 GT badging reflected the increased engine capacity over the standard 998cc Mini and the all-new MINI 1499 GT treads a similar path for 2017.

As for performance, the hatchback features a twin-turbocharged, 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine developing 101bhp and meaning a 0-60mph time of 10.1 seconds.

These include two paint options - pepper white or midnight black.

However while the 1969 vehicle achieved its 1275cc capacity by boring out the engine of the then 998cc standard Mini, the new special edition replaces the 1.2-litre engine previously used in the MINI with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo unit - it is understood the 1.2 engine is being phased out of the range to make it easier for the auto to meet future emission regulations.

It's available in black or white only and is marked out by exclusive decals with 1499 GT down the lower sides of the vehicle - a nod to the original 1275 GT - that are gold or black, depending on the body colour.

The door mirrors are also finsished in either gold or black Union Jack patterns. The mode has the John Cooper Works Sport Pack, featuring 17in alloys painted black, tinted windows and white indicator lenses. It also gets distinctive John Cooper Works bumpers, skirts and spoilers, plus all the standard One Hatch features like independent rear suspension, six-speed 'box and air conditioning.

On that note, the 1499 is fitted with a sports suspension package.

The auto also retains all of the standard equipment from the Mini One, including independent rear suspension, a six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching technology, air conditioning and disc brakes all-round.