Archive for February 2006

Next Generation MINI Revealed (Updated)

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch) Feb 28th, 2006 34 Comments

It’s been almost a year since we posted “Next Generation MINI Revealed“. During that time it has gone on to be out most visited story ever. Originally posted in March of 2005, the piece goes into detail after detail on what we’ll be seeing from the new MINI range due later this year. But a new year brings new scoops and we felt it was time to thoroughly update the existing article and add a new Traveller section. While most of the original article has proven to be spot-on in its accuracy, we specifically felt that a few areas needed a bit more clarity to give the reader a better picture of the 2007 MINI and beyond. So find a comfortable seat, grab a tasty beverage of your choice and read away:

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R56 Nurbugring Video Resurfaces at Edmunds

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Feb 28th, 2006 6 Comments

This is the exact same video posted on AutoExpress early this month has shown up on Edmund’s Inside the Line website. However Edmunds also offers some voiced over commentary giving a high-level overview of the new car that is mostly correct. You can check it out below:

[ 2007 MINI Cooper S Video ] Edmunds.com

MINI Concept Geneva Video Footage

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R55 (Clubman) Feb 27th, 2006 29 Comments


The car hasn’t even been publicly shown yet and we’ve already got more on the MINI Concept Geneva. This time it’s official video footage that does a much better job than pictures in giving you a sense of the size of features on the concept. You can check it out below:

Windows Media: The Boot (2MB) / The Exterior (4.7MB) / The Interior (4.7MB)

John Cooper Works GP Kit – In Depth

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Official News Feb 27th, 2006 70 Comments

Sometimes less is more. For example when it comes to less weight in a particularly sporting car. Which explains why the MINI Cooper S with the John Cooper Works GP Kit is approximately 50 kilos or 110 lb lighter than the “standard” model. Together with an increase in engine power to 160 kW/218 hp for top speed of 235 km/h or 146 mph, this strictly limited special model offers a standard of performance once again significantly better than the performance data of the most powerful MINI available from the factory so far, the MINI Cooper S with its John Cooper Works GP Tuning Kit.

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White Roof Radio Podcast #38

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Feb 26th, 2006 1 Comment


Starting off the podcast week, Gabe and Todd carry on without db about the GP, the Traveller, BMW videocast, the VW Podcast and pants-less podcasting. Plus, a new audio clip from Robert in Toronto!

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MINI Concept Geneva: In Depth

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R55 (Clubman) Feb 25th, 2006 28 Comments


The Monte Carlo Rally: the birth of the Mini sports car legend.

Dominating the Monte Carlo Rally from 1964 to 1967, Mini set the foundation for its legendary reputation as an extremely fast and above all nimble sports car. Now, commemorating the 100th birth-day of Sir Alec Issigonis, the creator of Mini, in the year 2006 and as a reminder of the outstanding victories brought home by the Mini brand some 40 years ago, MINI Concept Geneva is appearing on the scene as an up-to-date interpretation of that small British racer in its great days.

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MINI Concept Geneva: An Introduction

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R55 (Clubman) Feb 25th, 2006 7 Comments

Mini: great days in the Monte Carlo Rally.
From 1964 to 1967 Mini dominated the Monte Carlo Rally, setting the foundation for its legendary reputation as a highly agile and nimble sports car. Now, commemorating the 100th birthday of Sir Alec Issigonis, the creator of Mini in the year 2006, and as a reminder of the outstanding victories scored by the Mini brand some 40 years ago, MINI Concept Geneva offers an up-to-date interpretation of the small British racer in its great days. In particular, this new concept model presents the core idea of the Mini Traveller, Mini Countryman, and Mini Clubman Estate in a highly progressive new model variant.

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