May 22nd, 2013
In 2014 MINI will usher in an entirely new MINI platform and family of engines with the F56. This also means a serious upgrade in technology and options. Taking advantage of the latest BMW advancements in tech, for the first time MINI will be able to offer identical technology to what most smaller BMW current have.
Thanks to various internal sources we’ve compiled a list of the most notable new options on the F56. Fro new colors to cameras surrounding the car, the F56 will offer more than we could have imagine even just five years ago.
May 19th, 2013
Official Release: The classic Mini is a legend on four wheels, and its fans are loyal and love to travel. This year they will be getting together in the northern Italian province of Mugello for the 2013 International Mini Meeting (IMM). A tradition-steeped event held first in 1978 and then at a different venue each year ever since, the IMM is the world’s biggest meeting of the Mini club scene. The event grounds in Scarperia, north of Florence and near the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, will be the meeting venue for classic Mini fans from May 16th to 19th 2013.
May 17th, 2013
The F56 is in its final stages of development ahead of a launch late this year and currently test mules are buzzing around Germany. It’s given us a chance to look at the car with its final shape emerging thanks to the lack of heavy plastic cladding. It’s also interesting to see some of the options we reported on earlier this year finally appear on near production models. Before we talk options (which will recap in a future post) let’s take stock and what these photos from Paultan.org show us. continued →
May 17th, 2013
MINI delivers a car with miss steering wheel paddles. Hilarity ensues.
May 15th, 2013
Recently the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL, invited our sister site BimmerFile to experience a few of the ways that the public can enjoy a little of what the club has to offer. Possibly the best way to do this is through their Autobahn Performance Fleet, a program whereby manufacturers lend a few of their performance oriented models for club members’ and the public’s use. And of course it was a great way to keep tabs on the latest enthusiast focused products that aren’t BMWs or MINIs as well as get re-aquainted with the Autobahn Country Club
May 14th, 2013
Australian motoring site and friends of MotoringFile, Ausmotive.com, are reporting this morning that MOTOR Magazine has named the second generation JCW GP as the latest winner of their “Bang for your bucks” award. One judge called the GP the “best MINI I’ve ever driven, especially on a track.” We couldn’t agree more.
Head over to Ausmotive.com for their full take and some down under GP photos. You can also catch the full MINI Australia press release after the jump.
May 13th, 2013
It’s the calm before the storm as MINI prepares to launch one of the most important models in its history late this year with the F56. But for now we’re focused on the current line-up with the Paceman recently joining the ranks and doing rather well. continued →