BMW pulled a fast one for April Fool’s Day, promising to introduce the Yachtsman to the burgeoning lineup. With a debut promised for the New York Auto Show (conveniently near the Hudson River), the Yachtsman promised to be a “corner-carving crustacean” that offered MINI’s legendary handling on land and at sea.
Now that we’ve recovered from our disappointment (and can presumably now stop saving up for one), we can tell you that the Yachtsman also features a shark-resistant undercoat, Reef Blue metallic paintwork with silver alloy wheels and silver rudder. As the ultimate eco-friendly powerplant, the Yachtsman also featured an emergency 20-foot white sail. A nice finishing touch came from the body-coloured exhaust snorkel.
A two-person cabin with waterproof upholstery, seats that doubled as flotation devices, a spring-loaded herring chucker, and a marine chronometer rounded out the Yachtsman accoutrements.
Kitted out for the youngest of MINI aficionados, the Yachtsman came complete with MINI-branded water wings, pirate flag and eye patch. Factory-fitted graphics options included the “Suck Eggs, Kraken” and “Mermaid Magnet.”