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Designer Conceptualizes a BMW Motorcycle Based on the MINI Superlaggera

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, MINI Concept Cars Jul 23rd, 2014 7 Comments

MINI Superlaggera Motorcycle

Designer Tamás Jakus has combined two future BMW Group icons into one interesting conceptual design study. Dubbed the MINI Superlaggera Motorcycle, this design study in two motor forms combines the platform of the BMW R NineT with the aesthetics of the MINI Superlaggera concept MotoringFile readers should remember from a few weeks ago.

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How to Sell a Mini in 1978

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Classic Mini, Video Jul 3rd, 2014 8 Comments

1978 Mini Training Video

Car buying has evolved significantly in the past decade, even since the MINI as we know it came into being. Yet one thing remains the same, the cars still have to be sold. MINI holds training sessions for its dealers to this day, but the chaps at Jalopnik found this highly entertaining training video talking all about the fine points of what made a Mini the car to buy in 1978.

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Autoblog Reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, F56 Hatch, Reviews Jun 29th, 2014 21 Comments

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MINI owner and self-described MINI enthusiast, Brandon Turkus, has penned a comprehensive review of the 2014 MINI Cooper S for Autoblog. Brandon’s is an interesting perspective, since he’s both part of the automotive press, and also a MINI fan. As such, he’s asking a lot of the same questions I’ve had on my mind:

Before the third-generation of the reborn Mini Cooper S landed in my driveway, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the model would continue its slide towards mass appeal, or if it would re-embrace the enthusiast realm with a stronger driver-focused mission. As I found out during my week with the car, it was a bit of both.

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Dakar-winning Team MINI Visits Jay Leno’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Countryman Dakar Mar 3rd, 2014 3 Comments

Dakar 2014

While comedian Jay Leno is famous for a great many things in his professional life, such as The Tonight Show, it’s his passion projects that have our attention. In particular, his web series Jay Leno’s Garage is a semi-weekly look into Jay’s automotive and motorcycle interests. The show is mostly a vehicle-by-vehicle tour of the enormous warehouse facility Jay refers to as his garage — his own private automotive museum. However, Jay also brings in guests from time to time who have something he thinks his viewers might be interested in. MF readers may remember a couple months back when Jay featured the TWINI — a twin-engined JCW R53 racing car — on the show.

In this week’s episode, Jay leaves the comforts of his garage for the heat of the desert to meet up with Nani Roma, this year’s winner of the Dakar Rally, and to get a better look at his Team MINI racing car.

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Spied: The F54 Next-Gen Clubman Gets Caught Winter Testing

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, F54 Clubman Jan 14th, 2014 22 Comments

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With the F56 all the way out of the box, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more F56-based MINI variants out and about for prototype testing. The latest is these shots of a next generation Clubman, the F54, out doing some cold weather muling. As previously reported here on MotoringFile, the next Clubman will be a larger car than today, sharing its footprint with the next generation Countryman and Paceman. As the Countryman gets more “soft road” focused, the Clubman will be that slightly larger MINI super wagon that so many MINI fans have been hoping for.

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Video: The TWINI on Jay Leno’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, JCW, Motorsports, R53 (Coupe), Video Dec 11th, 2013 3 Comments

TWINI on Jay Leno's Garage

No matter your late night viewing loyalties, there’s no denying that Jay Leno is the gear head to end all gear heads. His collection includes motorcycles, antique fire engines, tractors and more cars than one could count. While he calls it his garage, what Jay’s got is a private motor museum of his own making. That facility isn’t open to the public for tours (yet), but Jay shares his passion for all things that turn energy into noise and speed on his long-running web series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

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MINI USA Hosting Nationwide Owner Holiday Gift Swap

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Events Dec 10th, 2013 No Comments

MINI USA Gift Swap

MINI USA is embarking on a gigantic “secret santa” initiative between MINI owners this holiday season. All you have to do is head over to MINIUSA.com and sign up to be part of the gift swap. At random, MINI owners will be paired up and MINI USA will send each of you the mailing address of your gifting partner. You send your holiday gift (MINI is suggesting something worth about $10) by December 31 and hopefully your partner somewhere across the country does the same.

When your gift shows up, share a photo of it on the social media outlet of your choice and tag it with #MINIGiftSwap.

Want to participate? Sign up by Thursday, December 12, 2013. That’s just a couple days away, so get crackin’. “>Sign up here.

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R59: Roadster
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