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Harry Hunt Joins MINI Motorsports for Dakar 2016

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar | Motorsports | Official News May 23rd, 2015 No Comments

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Fresh out of winning its fourth consecutive Dakar, MINI is already preparing its driver lineup for 2016. British rally driver Harry Hunt will be joining the ranks next year, with the hope of securing a fifth title for our favorite brand. Full details after the break. continued →

International Mini Meet to Take Place in Lithuania This Weekend

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini | Official News May 20th, 2015 No Comments

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Official Release: Small car, big party: For more than five decades, enthusiasts from all over the world have been sharing their passion for the classic Mini. And once a year they celebrate the iconic British car at a very special event: the International Mini Meeting (IMM). From 21 to 25 May 2015, classic Mini drivers and enthusiasts will meet in Lithuania for the first time. The picturesque lakeside scenery around Zarasia in the north-east of the Baltic state will be the setting for the IMM 2015 where visitors from all over Europe are expected. continued →


MF Garage: Summer Tires for Our 2015 Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | MotoringFile Garage May 20th, 2015 16 Comments

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We’ve bit the bullet and are upgrading our lowly 16″ tires and wheels that accidentally came with our 2015 long term test car to something much more aggressive. We’ll get to the wheels later this week. But first up is deciding on tires. This is normally an easy decision for us. Basically go to Tirerack and buy whatever Michelin’s latest max performance summer tire is. However we’ve done that plenty over the years. This time we wanted to go a slightly different route. continued →

Exclusive: MINI USA’s 2016 Product Updates Include Some Major Surprises

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop | F56 Two-Door Hardtop May 19th, 2015 26 Comments

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Big news from MINI USA. The 2016 model year changes are starting to filter out and we’ve got all the details. Plenty of surprises both good and bad. Read on for the details. continued →


The MINI JCW In Detail

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | JCW May 18th, 2015 24 Comments

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The 2015 MINI JCW is arriving at dealers as we speak and on paper it’s exactly what we at MF have hoped for since the brand’s inception. From the early years as a bolt-on kit to the never fully realized R56 JCW, the brand has had plenty of promise but never quite a cohesive statement (outside of the limited edition GPs). However the F56 JCW marks the brand’s first car that might just fulfill the brand’s promise. The only question left in our mind is if it goes far enough? That’s a question we won’t have an answer to until we get behind the wheel for a full test this summer. In the meantime we urge you to do two things. First keep reading. Second head to your local MINI dealer and test drive one. Third tell us about your experience in the comments. Now, onto why this JCW may just be “it.”

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Chris Bangle on The Future of Car Design

MotoringFile Sections: Design May 16th, 2015 7 Comments

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For your weekend reading pleasure, we present a friend from the past. Chris Bangle of course is the BMW Group’s former head of design and was instrumental in defining the look of the modern MINI from the R50/R53 to the R56. Now having moved on from BMW he has his own consultancy that works with companies in many different verticals. And he also apparently still follows the automotive world as evidenced by his take on the future of car design recently published on his personal blog. continued →


What Would You Change About the 2015 MINI JCW?

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop | JCW May 14th, 2015 77 Comments

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The F56 based MINI JCW is a huge step forward in performance and technology. However that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. And now you have your turn to tell MINI what you like and what you don’t.

We know that MINI reads MotoringFile daily across both sides of the Atlantic. And while they’ve done a bang-up job on paper for the new JCW, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. And that’s where you, the MINI experts and potential buyers of this new car come in. continued →

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