Mini has created a special edition designed for impromptu street concerts and tailgate parties.

    The Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition, priced from $55,800 before on-road costs, comes with a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system. It’s available to order now.

    As part of a cross-promotion with Harman Kardon, artist Owl Eyes will be bringing live music to Sydneysiders on October 29 in a Sidewalk Edition.

    All Sidewalk Editions are painted in an exclusive Laguna Blue shade, with arrow graphics on the bonnet and soft top, and 17-inch Scissor alloy wheels.

    White Silver and Midnight Black finishes are available on request.

    Inside, there’s anthracite leather upholstery with braided accents in Energetic Yellow and the puzzlingly-named Petrol, which Mini points out is a shade of bright blue.

    Other special edition touches include the requisite badging and sill plates.

    Otherwise, the Sidewalk Edition is identical to a drop-top Cooper S, priced from $51,100 before on-road costs.

    Under the bonnet is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    Mini claims a combined fuel economy of 5.7L/100km and a 0-100km/h time of 7.1 seconds.

    Standard equipment on both the Sidewalk and the regular Cooper S includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay, as well as LED headlights with adaptive high-beam, proximity entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate control and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

    The regular Cooper S Convertible has only a six-speaker sound system as standard.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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