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MINI Does Gran Turismo 6 with the Clubman Vision (w/Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | Official News Feb 26th, 2015 6 Comments

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Yesterday we brought you a sneak peak of the Clubman Vision in the upcoming GT6 video game. Today we’ve got the official details along with a full 20 image gallery. Click through for the full details and our best look yet at MINI’s latest all digital concept.

Official Release: Inspired by the brand’s legendary motor racing success, the MINI Design Team has created the essence of a MINI to enable maximum racing performance in the game Gran Turismo®6 for PlayStation®3. “MINI has many highly emotional achievements to its name in motor racing. The MINI Clubman Vision Grand Turismo literally puts these onto the virtual race track in Gran Turismo 6. The image of a go-kart on the road has recurring appeal,” says Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design. (Video after the break). continued →

Leaked: Clubman Vision Gran Turismo Concept

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman | In the Press | JCW Feb 24th, 2015 17 Comments

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In conjunction with Sony’s Gran Truism 6, MINI has released a digital only concept of the forthcoming 2016 Clubman. The differences? Just about everything. This Clubman is a fictionalized race car that takes the MINI formula to the extreme. The game and the car will be available digitally in March. Now, on to the numbers and what they do and don’t tell us about the rumored JCW Clubman. continued →


New Report on MINI’s Rumored Small Car

MotoringFile Sections: Rocketman | Rumor Feb 23rd, 2015 50 Comments

rocketman Car Magazine, one of the more authoritative sources these days on all things BMW has a new report out that neatly sums up the current rumor mill around MINI’s small car plans (aka the MINI Minor). We’ve done a ton of reporting on a Rocketman type of vehicle and even scooped the existence of MINI’s interest over five years ago. But now as things are becoming more real, details are starting to surface. continued →

A Video Tour of the MINI Exhibit at the BMW Museum

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini | Video Feb 22nd, 2015 2 Comments

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Recently BMW opened the doors of its museum in Munich to the MINI brand and over 50 years of history. The result was a tour of some of Mini and MINI’s finest moments through an amazing collection of cars and historical artifacts. While we recently featured a gallery and even short BMW produced video, nothing we’ve shared has given you full access to the exhibit until now. continued →


EVO Races the MINI GP against MINI Challenge Race Cars

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch | JCW | JCW GP | MF Feature | MINI Challenge | Motorsports | R53 (Coupe) | R56 (Hatch) | Video Feb 20th, 2015 6 Comments

EVO Track BattleAs a tribute to Best Motoring International, EVO UK has produced a thrilling and rather hilarious race between a 2006 GP, 2013 GP, R56 Challenge and F56 Challenge track cars. Click through to watch these seasoned drivers wrestle the most capable factory MINIs and MINI race cars around the Bedford Autodrome. continued →

The F56 JCW Tuning Kit Put on Hold for the US Market

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Feb 20th, 2015 4 Comments

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A few years ago MINI had to embarrassingly recall JCW models due to the tailpipes sticking out too far from the car. This was due to a little known regulation in the US meant to save owners from burning themselves on hot tailpipes. This time MINI is getting ahead of the issue and holding deliveries of the new JCW Tuning Kit and holding sales as they re-engineer the exhaust. continued →


MINI Clubman to Feature BMW’s Air Curtain Technology

MotoringFile Sections: Auto Shows | F54 Clubman | F54 Clubman Hybrid | Frankfurt Feb 18th, 2015 21 Comments

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Last year MINI showed us the thinly vieled Clubman concept that gave us an excellent view of the 2016 model. The new Clubman will be the largest MINI to date and feature a full six doors (four full doors plus two barn doors). It will also have a number of features not seen on MINIs to date including a patented BMW aero technology called “Air Curtain.” Together with the “Air Breather” the system reduces drag on the bodyshell in a very simple, but extremely effective way.

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