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Section: F56 Hatch

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

MINI JCW Tuning

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 →

Steering Feel: F56 Cooper S vs R56 Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, MotoringFile Garage, R56 (Hatch), Reviews Feb 16th, 2015 13 Comments

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After a few weeks living with our F56 Cooper S we had a moment to step back into an R56 Cooper recently. While there’s plenty to compare and contrast, the single biggest difference is in your hands. Put plainly the F56 is a big step forward over the R5X platform for steering feel and response. With the R56 (and even the R53 at times) there could be a knife’s edge between satisfying feedback and a car that was working against you when you pushed them hard. With the new F56 generation of MINIs, we have a driving experience that feels both more communicative, more balanced and more forgiving at the same time. Why is this? Read on. continued →

Early Take: 2015 F56 MINI JCW vs the R53 and R56 MINI GP

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, JCW GP, R53 (Coupe), R56 (Hatch) Feb 12th, 2015 54 Comments

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The 2015 MINI JCW is the highest horsepower MINI from the factory of all time. But is it the fastest? The numbers tell an interesting story that paint a more nuanced picture than you’d think. Especially when you compare it to the previous fastest MINI, the GPs. continued →


MF Challenge: What Would You Buy for $40,000?

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW, MotoringFile Garage, Opinion Feb 11th, 2015 92 Comments

P0039382 Since we published the Ordering Guide for the 2015 F56 John Cooper Works, there has a been a lot of debate across the MotoringFile and White Roof Radio teams regarding the MSRP of this new car. With a base-price of $30,600, we believe the JCW is actually good value compare to a “JCW-equipped” standard Cooper S. However, when you add a couple of technology and convenience options, the final price tag approaches the $38K-$42K range rather quickly. At this point, anyone contemplating a decently equipped JCW – even the most hardcore MINI fanboys – would probably ask themselves whether or not it is reasonable to spend close to $40K on a MINI. Wouldn’t it make more sense to buy a low mileage certified BMW M3 for instance? So instead of restricting this conversation to our little group, we decided to open the debate to the fine MotoringFile readership. Here is the challenge: With a budget ranging from $38,000 to $42,000, what would you buy instead of a F56 JCW? To answer this question, you will have to comply with two rules:

  • You can choose to spend your budget on a new or a used car (excluding taxes, title, etc.)
  • The car you choose has to become your daily driver

There you have it. Speak your choice in the comments section and tell us why you selected a given car. continued →

Exclusive: The F56 John Cooper Works Ordering Guide

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW Feb 7th, 2015 55 Comments

cosySec-2When MINI USA announces order allocations for a new model, they usually provides Motoring Advisors with detailed information pertaining to the technical and pricing specificities of said model. This information serves as an ordering guide for dealers, but it also helps them better understand what the price range of the new car will be given different levels of configuration. Thanks to one of our sources, MotoringFile managed to get their hands on this documentation for the upcoming F56 John Cooper Works. Since the JCW was unveiled back in January, we’ve received countless requests for more information on pricing. Until now, the only thing we knew for certain was the base price of $30,600, but today we have exact pricing for a number of options and packages. With that in mind, it’s time to start your favorite spreadsheet app! continued →


BMW & MINI Increase Vehicle Security after Hack

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Five Door Hatch, F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes, Official News Feb 2nd, 2015 13 Comments

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Say what you will about the technical deficiencies that led to the ConnectedDrive hack, BMW & MINI have turned around a fix very quickly. They’ve also used a worldwide over the air update to eliminate the problem – the first time we’ve heard of an international update like that ever.

Due to the nature of the security flaw it’s only found in vehicles with integrated cellular connections. Therefore the only MINIs that are affected are the 2015 F55 and 2014-2015 F56.

Official Release: As the leading manufacturer in the networking of driver, vehicle and the surrounding environment, the BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles. This is the company’s response to reports from the German Automobile Association (ADAC). The motorist’s association had identified a potential security gap when data is transmitted. The BMW Group has already closed this gap with a new configuration. continued →

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