Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Let's clear up the pricing straight away. An auto JCW clocks up $52,850 before you tick any further boxes, the manual $49,900. The auto-only Millbrook winds up at $57,275, before on-road costs.
For a bit of perspective, that's not far off a turbo six-cylinder BMW M140i. Just 20 of the Millbrooks will be available in Australia.
You do get 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in a lovely set of Pirelli P-Zero run-flat tyres, a six-speaker stereo, sat nav, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, adaptive dampers, cruise control, auto LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, auto wipers, head-up display, leather trim, auto parking and a two-piece sunroof. As the car has run-flats, there is just a repair kit under the boot.
The car comes with the aforementioned Icy Blue paint that Mini says is heritage and exclusive to the Millbrook, a set of rally spotlights with Mini-branded covers, various blacked out bits, the sunroof and some stickers that come off with surprising ease.
Set in the middle of the big central console's circular interface is a 10.0-inch widescreen running a Minified version of BMW's iDrive software. It's very good and in the Millbrook comes with Apple CarPlay and DAB.