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MINI UK Releases New R56 Photos

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Oct 31st, 2006 18 Comments

MINI UK has released another batch of R56 photos today that will coincide with the November 18th launch of the R56 in the UK (and with the rather lengthy press release that will be on the site shortly). Nothing particularly new but they are some great shots nonetheless.

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Official MINI USA MTTS Video

MotoringFile Sections: MTTS Oct 31st, 2006 33 Comments

What you see below is an early version of the the official MINI USA MTTS recap. Filmed at produced for BSSP and MINI USA by Rehab, this video does a great job of capturing the MTTS spirit that made the coast to coast trip so special. If you’re a MINI fan at all you need to find ten minutes and watch this video. It’s that good.

A MINI Halloween

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web Oct 31st, 2006 8 Comments

Yes, it is possible to dress up your MINI

2007 MINI USA Pricing and Options

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Oct 29th, 2006 62 Comments

We have the information many of you have been eagerly waiting for. The full rundown and pricing and options for the 2007 MINIs. Let’s get started…

Pricing

R56 2007 Cooper: Base MSRP: $18,050 + $650 D&H = $18,700
R52 2007 Cooper Convertible: Base MSRP: $21,950 + $650 D&H = $22,600

R56 2007 Cooper S: Base MSRP: $21,200 + $650 D&H = $21,850
R52 2007 Cooper S Convertible: Base MSRP: $25,400 + $650 D&H = $26,050

The R56 Cooper

The Cooper’s base price of $17,450 before destination will increase $600.00. For the increase all Coopers will see the same standard equipment as the R50 and also include On Board Trip Computer, All Season Traction Control, and a Sport Mode Button. The Sport Button will increase throttle response, tighten up the steering, and (if you have an automatic transmission) it’ll add a sportier shifting program. You will also see a standard Getrag six speed manual transmission as well as a rear spoiler.

The R56 Cooper S

The R53 Cooper S’s $20,900 base price will increase only a mere $300.00 and will include everything the Cooper has and additionally standard fog lamps. Starting in March production both models will receive pre wiring for Sirius and HD radio.

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White Roof Radio #107

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Oct 29th, 2006 1 Comment

miniA shorty for you tonight. Todd and I talk again about the Wikipedia page, the time change that db just couldn’t get right and more problems with talking on a Saturday afternoon.

Plus Todd drools more over the new Alcantara componets he has picked up for his GP and db throws down a good rant or two. Good times, good times. Plus, you can keep an eye for the John Cooper Garages website to re-open this week.

Next time you are at the Owners Lounge at MINIUSA.com, you will see they are asking for stories from you, the MINI owner, for inclusion in the new miniusa.com. So, give them your story, but we would really like it if you could mention us over at White Roof Radio. Just a little mention would be cool and the ultimate way for you spread the word!

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White Roof Radio #106

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Oct 29th, 2006 3 Comments

minidb and Todd carry on without Gabe tonight with news of the week. Well, Gabe was with us, you just need to listen for him. Plus, it was Saturday so we both had a hard time talking.

As has been commented and emailed in (THANKS EVERYONE!), the for sure fix to keep your iPod from crashing with mono podcasts is to turn off the EQ on your iPod. This week Todd encoded the show in stereo, so it shouldn’t crash your iPod even with the EQ turned on.

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2007 MINI USA Prices Leaked?

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Oct 28th, 2006 8 Comments

[ Update: We’ve got much more detailed (and correct) information now posted above.]

Our friends at Winding Road appear to have the scoop on 2007 MINI pricing. At this point we have yet to confirm these numbers but they appear to be in-line with what we were expecting:

Current Cooper (2006) — Base MSRP: $17,450 + $550 D&H = $18,000 New Cooper (2007) —Base MSRP: $18,050 + $650 D&H = $18,700

Current Cooper S (2006) —Base MSRP: $20,900 + $550 D&H = $21,450 New Cooper S (2007) —Base MSRP: $21,200 + $650 D&H = $21,850

In other words, you’ll shell out $700 more for a base Cooper than you would for the outgoing model and a more reasonable $400 extra for a Cooper S.

You can read more here:

[ 2007 US MINI Prices ] Winding Road

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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