The MINI Countryman Blackheath Edition has been released as the marque’s first-ever special edition of the British crossover made available to Malaysian buyers. There’s no surprise as to what motif the Blackheath has in mind.
As the name would suggest, one that’s taken from the dark shrub land of Blackheath in South East London, it wears an exterior that’s dressed in some very dark shades of gloss and matte black.
To be fair, the Blackheath does also feature a pair of contrasting bonnet stripes finished with a matte grey ‘Brushed Aluminium’ effect. All the other accent items, however, have been given a piano black treatment.
Stepping inside, the blackout theme continues with Carbon Cross Black Punch (actual name) leather seats and yet more piano black trim pieces. There’s also a 360-watt Harman/Kardon stereo, if that’s your thing.
With just 48 units of the car headed our way, there’s no doubting the exclusivity, but some may balk at the RM253,888 price tag - some RM21,000 more than the standard MINI Countryman in Cooper S guise.
Under the bonnet is the familiar 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from BMW’s B48 family and paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It chucks out 192hp and 280Nm that lets the Countryman Blackheath sprints to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds.