Look Forward to a Brighter Future with the MINI Cooper Sidewalk Convertible

For the most part, special editions of cars are just new takes on a current model. This usually means a special paint job and wheels and a couple of minor tweaks here and there. But for the 2021 MINI Cooper Sidewalk Convertible, it means a little more.

2021 MINI Sidewalk Edition

A new take on a modern MINI

Most of the MINI’s special editions are typically based on retro styling, however, this new MINI Cooper Sidewalk Convertible is a spinoff the 2007 MINI sidewalk edition. Sort of. The original MINI Sidewalk featured a special paint color, interior color, wheels, and a shift knob. However, this 2021 MINI Sidewalk Edition features something that the other MINIs in the current lineup don’t have: a manual transmission.

This is important to note because MINI took a hiatus from shipping manual transmission cars to the United States, and the forthcoming Sidewalk Convertible is the first one being offered with a stick ever since that announcement. Manual-transmission cars are also becoming more scarce in the new-car market, so this is one that should help save the manuals.

2021 MINI Sidewalk Edition

Paint job included

The new MINI Sidewalk Convertible will be offered in two paint options: Deep Laguna Metallic and Enigmatic Black Metallic. On top of that, the special MINI will have an anthracite-colored soft top with a checker pattern, as well as a custom leather steering wheel and floor mats inside. Other special features include scissor-spoke 17-inch wheels, a Harmon/Kardon sound system, heated front seats, Sidewalk badging, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation.

2021 MINI Sidewalk Edition

Everything else is the same

Other than the special-edition paint job, roof, and other trim bits, everything else on the Sidewalk Edition MINI will be the same as the standard Cooper S. The highly-coveted six-speed manual transmission will be mated to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque and together they will drive the front wheels. A dual-clutch automatic is an option as well, in case you don’t like shift your own gears.

Other standard features include LED fog lights and headlights, a head-up display, keyless entry, and power-folding and heated mirrors.


The 2021 MINI Sidewalk Edition will retail for $39,250, which includes $850 destination. In case you’re wondering, it costs $5,500 more than the regular Cooper S Convertible.

Is it worth it?

We think so, then again, we’re suckers for special-edition cars mainly because of the fancier paint colors. However, MINI did announce that their next generation of cars is likely to be delayed due to cost-cutting and trade rules between the U.K and the E.U. For this reason alone, we would say it might be a good idea to get into a special edition MINI, since who knows what the future might end up like.

And if that’s not enough to get you into a 2021 MINI Sidewalk Edition, then we say buy it for the manual transmission alone. After all, Springtime is here and sunny skies should be coming to a sky near you, so why not shift your way into a brighter future?