Mini Rio Limited Edition Model


The Mini Rio was one of a series of limited edition models made by the Rover Group, with 750 examples built in June 1993 based on the Mini Sprite. It had a 1257cc 4 cylinder engine which produced 50 bhp and was matched to a four speed gearbox. It had a top speed of 87 mph and a 0-60 mph of 13.4 seconds.

It was available in 3 colours, Black, Polynesian Turquoise Metallic and Pearlescent Caribbean Blue, and featured a unique ‘Rio’ sticker on the boot lid and each of the rear body panels. Standard in car entertainment featured a 3 band stereo radio/cassette with two rear speakers.

The interior was also specially designed exclusively for the Mini Rio and here’s a page from the brochure that Rover Group published.

Here’s a sample one we saw at a show in the Pearlescent Caribbean Blue, where you can see the bright coloured interior.

And finally, here’s close up of the Rio sticker.