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BMW Now Has a 250 HP Version of the B48. Will We See It in a MINI?

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, F60 Countryman Jul 20th, 2015 5 Comments

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The B48, MINI’s new 2.0L in the F5X models is part of a larger family of four cylinders that feature various states of tune. The idea is to create one engine and upgrade or downgrade various parts of it to achieve different outputs for different products. The baseline for this engine is 189 HP as seen in the current Cooper S. Many have looked at that figure and wondered why didn’t MINI try to get more out of the B48? For years we’ve heard rumors that BMW has plans for outputs ranging from 189 all the way to 300. So the real question is when and what will get those higher outputs. continued →

MINI’s Plugin Hybrid Drivetrain Previewed

MotoringFile Sections: Efficiency, F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F60 Countryman, Official News, Technology Jul 2nd, 2015 5 Comments

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MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain. Today we get a healthy dose of data in the form of an official preview. No, the 2 Series Gran Truismo BMW has used to showoff the technology isn’t a MINI, but the drivetrain detailed here is identical to drivetrain that will be found in a future MINI product. continued →

Woofcast #556: The Clubman Show

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Podcast Jul 1st, 2015 No Comments

F54_Clubman_P90187723We heard you like the Clubman, so we put some Clubman in your Clubman. #clubman. Besides our thoughts on the latest MINI (spoiler alert; we like it), we have a very unique interview with Motoring Advisor Tony Poulson. Click through to nerd out on his art (and buy something if you like it!).

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A Sneak Peek at the Clubman JCW Package

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, JCW Jun 29th, 2015 22 Comments

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The JCW Clubman is coming. But not today. And not even this year. However what will be available from launch is the JCW exterior package which will include the JCW aerokit and 19″ JCW wheels. Today we get our first preview of that via MINI.de’s terrible online configurator. continued →


2016 MINI Clubman Detailed in Official Videos

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Official News, Video Jun 25th, 2015 23 Comments

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Because high-resolution photos are never enough, MINI is bringing us a series of videos showcasing their brand new model. Unfortunately there are no driving scenes, but the deeper dive into the model, and a comparison to its predecessors, is a welcome addition to the pictures we published this morning. We have to admit that seeing the barn-doors opening up automatically is pretty rad. We could watch this all day long. continued →

MINI’s First Clubman Commercial is Out

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, Official News Jun 24th, 2015 16 Comments

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MINI’s marketing team is firing on all cylinders today for the release of the new Clubman. Next up, the first commercial. Click through for the full one minute spot. continued →


MINI Re-Brands & Re-Aligns its Strategy with an Eye On Car-Sharing

MotoringFile Sections: Design, F54 Clubman, Marketing, Official News Jun 24th, 2015 6 Comments

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A few weeks ago we tipped you off to the upcoming subtle rebranding of the MINI identity. As it turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg. Today MINI is announcing that is realigning the MINI brand’s product and brand strategy. At the world premiere of the new MINI Clubman in Berlin, Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad and After Sales, explained how he plans to develop the brand: “Since its creation in 1959, the MINI brand has always stood for ideas, inspiration and passion. That will not change. The new MINI Clubman is the symbol of our refined brand philosophy: We will concentrate in future on five core models with strong characters. We will open ourselves up to new ideas and new business areas. We will develop the brand’s visual identity. We are expanding our offering into the premium compact class, which will attract new customers and avid MINI fans. I firmly believe that this comprehensive realignment will enable us to continue the MINI brand’s unique success story.” 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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