Jul 20th, 2015
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.
Jul 2nd, 2015
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 →
Jul 1st, 2015
We 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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Jun 29th, 2015
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 →
Jun 25th, 2015
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 →
Jun 24th, 2015
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 →
Jun 24th, 2015
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 →