Archive for July 2007

R56 JCW Kit Stage 1 Update

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R56 (Hatch) Jul 31st, 2007 48 Comments

As anticipation builds for the release of the new (dealer installed) JCW kit for the R56, more details are starting to trickle out. And thanks to one of our trusty sources, we now have the full parts list of the kit to share with you.

  • JCW air filter system
  • Stainless steel exhaust (with less restrictions as compared to the stock unit)
  • Exhaust manifold (for operation at higher temperatures)
  • Turbocharger air filter air guide (to allow better cooling)
  • Modified engine electronics system
  • Activation code for engine control unit (specific to VIN)
  • JCW emblems for front grille and tailgate
  • JCW engine badge with serial kit number
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Ask MF: Suspension Options

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, R56 (Hatch) Jul 31st, 2007 14 Comments

This one in from MF reader, WRR listener Chris W.

I am planning on purchasing an R56 sometime in the next year and have been pondering my suspension choices. I would like the car to sit a little lower, and I believe to achieve that I would need aftermarket springs. Would you pass on the sport and/or JCW suspension and add aftermarket lowering springs and swaybars, or would you do a combination of factory and aftermarket parts?

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White Roof Radio #172

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast, R55 (Clubman) Jul 30th, 2007 8 Comments

miniJust Gabe and I again tonight, again via Ustream.tv. Yea, I know, you didn’t hear about it. We kinda snuck it in to do some testing, since the last time we did it was such a disaster.

We spend tonight talking mostly about the Clubman, including answering questions from the viewers. To finish, we spent a few minutes on the iPhone. continued →

Official MINI Clubman Videos

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman), Video Jul 30th, 2007 20 Comments

These eight videos are the first good look at the 2008 MINI Clubman in motion. In fact they’re probably the best overall view we’ve had yet.

Car to Car Driving Scenes

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MINI Clubman Officially Debuts (UK Version)

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R55 (Clubman) Jul 30th, 2007 11 Comments

Official MINI UK Press Release: The new MINI Clubman will go on sale in the UK on Saturday 10 November 2007. Based on a concept first shown at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005, the new car is a modern interpretation of its famous Mini predecessors taking into account all the demands and technologies of the 21st century.

Available from launch in three engine variants: Cooper D, Cooper and Cooper S, the new model offers flexible use of space, easier access through innovative door concepts, more space for rear passengers and high levels of safety and customisation options, all without compromising the MINI’s revered driving dynamics. continued →

MINI Releases Official Clubman Info & Specs

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R55 (Clubman) Jul 28th, 2007 42 Comments

MINI Clubman Officially Debuts (US Version)

Official MINI USA Press Release: The wraps are now off the new MINI Clubman, an all-new addition to the MINI model range. With an anticipated international debut this fall, the MINI Clubman will go on sale in Europe this November in three model configurations: the MINI Cooper Clubman, the MINI Cooper D Clubman and the MINI Cooper S Clubman. In the US market the MINI Cooper Clubman and the MINI Cooper S Clubman will be available early next year. Although US pricing has yet to be announced, the MINI Clubman is expected to be positioned between the MINI hardtops and MINI convertibles.

The eagerly anticipated MINI Clubman will be like nothing else on the road and defies convention in its concept and style. With its hallmark design elements, the MINI Clubman is clearly a MINI from every angle. Yet it is the MINI Clubman’s unique rear-end design and new proportions that distinguish it from other members of the MINI family. continued →

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MotoringFile Sections: Site News Jul 27th, 2007 No Comments

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