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MINI USA Marketing and Pixels

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Marketing, Official News, Opinion Mar 23rd, 2015 No Comments

mini-pacman-ghostsBack in December, we wrote a review of MINI’s activity in the US for 2014. One of the sections of this post, “Don Draper and a VP of Devil’s Advocacy”, reflected on MINI USA’s marketing efforts for the past year. The key takeaway on this topic was that MINI USA needed to name a VP of Devil’s Advocacy to think with the assumption that everyone else in wrong when projects like the Final Test Test Drive and the Motoring Tag are put on the table. Based on Adam Sandler’s latest movie trailer, Pixels, it appears that MINI USA has yet to find this VP. Or worse yet, they haven’t even started looking for one. continued →

Surviving Winter on Summer Tires – Why You Should Never Try It

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, MotoringFile Garage, Reviews Mar 9th, 2015 6 Comments

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We don’t advocate summer tires in cold conditions. We never have and we never will. However through a series of unfortunate events our long term F56 Cooper S ended up not just with little 16″ wheels but summer-only tires. In the dead of winter. In Chicago. Hilarity did not ensue. What it did was create a wild few months that included more than a few white knuckles and e-brake turns. How did we survive? Read on. continued →

MINIUSA’s JCW Configurator is Live

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW Mar 5th, 2015 38 Comments

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Your day is now rendered unproductive. 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

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 →

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