MotoringFile is Driving the New F56 MINI – What Do you Want to Know?


In 48 hours we will be among the first people in the world (outside of MINI) to drive the F56 MINI Cooper and Cooper S. We will also have access to MINI executives, engineers and designers. So this all raises the question – what do you want to know? What do you want us to answer? What do you want us to uncover? What do you want us to take photos of? And what do you want impressions of?

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Written By: Gabe

  • Kevin Armalay

    Please, for the love of God, get some info on the non-HK stereo?

    What are the speaker sizes, outputs, are there 100-Hz filters on the rears in the software again?

    I almost didn’t buy my R56 because I couldn’t find the HK and needed a car “now” and had to choose from inventory. The drive won me over, and I had to just suck it up and get myself a little compact subwoofer. I’m not an audiophile, but if the audio is as horrendous as the R56 base system, then it’s a no-go. I’m not about to buy another brand-new car and have to immediately toss in a compact subwoofer just to be able to tolerate listening to the radio.

    • lawrothegreat

      The cost of the HK system is significant, it’s a shame MINI don’t offer a half way option like BMW, or better still one hopes the standard system will be okay!

    • http://about.me/jasonrwilliams Jason Williams

      I’d be interested to hear the response as well. I was very disappointed with the base R56 sound system even compared to my non-HK R53. Given that the headunit in the F56 will be as near impossible to replace as the R56, knowing more specifics would be appreciated.

  • Tim H

    Seems most are excited for the base cooper with all of its significant improvements. please take note of the real improvements on the S. I drive an R53 and if i’m bumping up to teh F56 then i want to make sure there’s actual value in it. (apart from the bells and whistles). so long / short. please detail driving comparison with the R53/56.

  • figurematt

    The size. I’m not a fan that they had to make the car bigger. Can you please comment on the size being larger?

  • Chilly

    Ok, here we go ….. – Engine performance – is the throttle response improved over the R56? – Is the handling and steering feel improved over the R56? – Rev matching with manual transmission – how does it feel in actual use? – Level of wind and road noise – is it reduced? – Now that the base Cooper has more HP and torque, is the S worth the higher price? – Does the Base Cooper still have a spare tire? – Will it ever be possible to order the Cooper with non-run flat 16″ tires? – How does the clutch feel? – How does that new gear shift knob feel when changing gears? – Please comment on the different suspension setting that will be available to us. – How does the car look with 16 inch wheels? Do they look too small? – How do you like the heads-up display? – Do you feel the Coopers 3 cylinder engine will be too stressed with the Turbo? – Is the base stereo/hifi improved over the R56?


    • tobi

      “- Level of wind and road noise – is it reduced?”

      good question.

  • sly75

    will they launch new color following to the launch ( reef blue, bue eyed purple??)

  • http://borborygmist.influxofdust.com/ Wayne Dyer

    Headroom, leg room, shoulder room, knee room. How does it compare to R56?

    Don’t care about the back seat. :-)

    And on the knee room, does the sloping thing on the center console reduce knee room? (I hate a BMW 3-series because of the sloping plastic into the center console and I don’t expect this to be that bad)

  • BK_R56

    One other weird question that applies to track days and other high performance driving. Have they done anything to mitigate oil starvation under hard cornering? My R56 would have low oil pressure from time to time when cornering hard.

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