Special editions and the Mini seem to go together like rubber and asphalt, with no fewer than three such models released in the past year such as the Mayfair and Camden 50th Anniversary models (pictured).

But the next special edition is expected to be something very special, indeed.

Executives at BMW have reportedly given the green light for a cooperation between Rolls-Royce and Mini to create a new bespoke edition with a focus primarily on upgrading the interior experience. Coachbuilt Minis actually have something of a history in the UK, and the latest Rolls-Royce Mini would seek to tap into that vein.

The new car will be modified by the craftsman at Rolls-Royce’s own plant in Goodwood, and each will be unique.

Exactly what would be found in the interior of a Rolls-Royce Mini is still unknown, but high-grade leather upholster, wood and metal trim elements, re-styled console elements and a unique color scheme are tipped as likely inclusions.

There's no timeline yet for a release, but it's believed that the Rolls-Mini collaboration is already at the late prototype stage, so an announcement could be coming any time now.

[Autocar]