Just before the Summer Olympics opened, BMW's Mini operations unveiled in Athens the Mini XXL, a six-wheel, six-seat stretch limo version of the Mini coupe.
After the Games, Mini is sending the XXL to other events throughout Europe.
Yes, it has all the toys one might expect in a limousine: flat-screen television, DVD, CD, sunroof, leather interior. But the primary feature is a two-seat whirlpool in the rear of the car -- presumably for emergency hydrotherapy in case Olympic runners develop a cramp.
When not in use, the whirlpool can be covered by a detachable roof section. The weight of the water for the whirlpool means Mini had to build the XXL with dual rear axles, but these days how hip could an ordinary four-wheel limo actually be, anyhow?
And when you are finished with your water therapy, you can drain the whirlpool simply by pulling a plug -- preferably while parked outside, of course.