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MotoringFile Review: R56 JCW Tuning Kit

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, R56 (Hatch), Reviews Nov 24th, 2014 1 Comment

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In 2007 MotoringFile took delivery of our first R56 and with it a number of JCW accessories – most importantly the JCW Tuning Kit. With the F56 JCW Tuning being released this fall we thought we’d look back to remind ourselves what came before.

The kit for the R56 is extraordinarily straight forward. In the US it simply consists of a more aggressive air intake, a free flowing exhaust, a turbocharger air filter air guide and the all important ECU upgrade.

This is quite a contrast to the previous kit available for the R52 and R53 that included such items as a new head and inter-cooler and pretty big freakn’ check from the new owner. In fact the new kit is almost 1/3 of the $6000 price tag the R52/R53 dealer installed version rang up. But is it even worth the lower $2000 price tag? Especially now that there are so many aftermarket tuning options for the R56?

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Video: The Citysurfer Concept in Motion and Explained

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Los Angeles, Scooter Concept, Video Nov 23rd, 2014 2 Comments

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The Citysurfer concept scooter is one of the more interesting things MINI has done recently and perhaps one of the most underrated. But that’s our opinion. What’s yours? Watch MINI explain the concept and take the scooter around LA and let us know in the comments. continued →


The MINI Story at the BMW Museum

MotoringFile Sections: Official News Nov 21st, 2014 No Comments

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The BMW Museum finally gives us the exhibition we deserve. Starting next week and until January 31st 2016, a showing of over 30 vehicles along with accessories, photos, films and sketches will tell the MINI Story. I don’t know about you but I definitely want to check this out. I could have actually done it, if this did not happen. Anyways, if any of you happen to see the MINI Story don’t hesitate to share your pictures with us. continued →

MINI at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Los Angeles Nov 20th, 2014 1 Comment

HangingMINI’s press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show unveiled the smallest MINI concept ever…sort of. continued →



MINI CitySurfer Scooter Concept Gallery

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows, Los Angeles, Scooter Concept Nov 20th, 2014 No Comments

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The CitySurfer is MINI’s latest attempt providing a broader range of transportation solutions that go beyond the car. And to us it looks like a winner. 10-15 miles on a charger and it fits in a MINI’s boot. It could just be the perfect commuter vehicle if your commute involves multiple modes of transportation. Take a look at the gallery and let us know what you think in the comment section below. continued →

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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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