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MotoringFile Review: The 2014 MINI Cooper Manual

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Reviews Apr 7th, 2014 29 Comments

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Making a Case for the Cooper.

MINI has a unique problem with the Cooper. Traditionally it’s been this swiss army knife within the MINI model range. Sure it’s never been near as fast as the Cooper S, but through every generation, MINI has allowed potential owners the opportunity to spec a Cooper to essentially the same levels of handling. However as the years have gone by and new generations have been released, MINI’s customer base has expanded into a broader segment of the populace. Because of this MINI has wisely made the base (i.e. non-sport suspension) Cooper a little more compliant and perhaps inline with the expectations of a typical consumer. Naturally it’s still more go-kart in feel than other small cars (and certainly more premium) but there’s a little more room between the Cooper and Cooper S with every generation.

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MINI’s Final Test Test Drive Videos are Up and They Are Hilarious

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Video Apr 3rd, 2014 26 Comments

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MINIUSA’s long awaited Final Test Test Drives are complete and the winner will be announced at the NYC Autoshow. However before that MINI took each of the contestants out and filmed their ideal test drives in the yet to be release F56. As you can expect from MINI (and their owners) hilarity ensued early and often. continued →

(UPDATED WITH OFFICIAL STATEMENT) MINI USA Delaying all Cooper Deliveries Due to Defect

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes, MF Feature Apr 2nd, 2014 44 Comments

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MINI USA has responded to our report with an official statement regarding the situation.

MINI USA STATEMENT

“At MINI, our owner safety and confidence is our first priority. Earlier this week, as part of our ongoing quality analysis, our team discovered that certain new MINI Hardtop vehicles could experience some engine coolant leakage from the oil filter housing. This can result in a power reduction and subsequently cause the yellow/red “engine overheating” warning light to light up. We immediately brought this issue to the attention of all of our dealers and issued an immediate stop delivery on all affected vehicles. For the small number of Motorers who have already taken delivery of their new MINI Hardtop, we are working to quickly and effectively replace the needed part at no charge.”

MINIUSA is holding all Cooper deliveries ahead of the 4/15 launch date due to a oil filter housing problem. We reported the news, courtesy of several sources, via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook yesterday but held-off reporting it on MF in order to confirm the details.

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MINI UK Quietly Recalls the F56 Cooper D

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Recalls/Campaigns Mar 29th, 2014 8 Comments

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We don’t have much information on this one yet but here what we do know. Several MF readers have been asked to return their newly bought Cooper D to the dealer due to an “acoustic audio” problem. continued →


F56 MINI Hits US Dealers This Weekend

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Mar 28th, 2014 65 Comments

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It’s time for the launch parties and test drives. In fact dealers on the east side of North America have had several F56 delivered and we’ve heard more than a few readers have already gotten behind the wheel. continued →

Exclusive: F56 MINI Cooper S Uses Active Sound to Enhance Engine Noise

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F56 Hatch Mar 26th, 2014 73 Comments

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A few years ago I rode shotgun in a R55 Clubman and then a BMW 630d with a BMW engineer as he demonstrated something they called “Active Sound”. In the 630d the idea was to make it sound like a 650i. It worked… almost flawlessly.

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In the MINI we sampled what they call the “sound machine”. It’s a system that could change (on the fly) the engine note to any one of four settings. The system is tied to the engine speed and accurately reproduced engine notes as they are happened.

Fast forward to 2014 and we now have MINI using Active Sound to subtly enhance the in-cabin engine noise on the Cooper S. The option is only available on the Cooper S with the driving modes option – standard in North America. Let’s look at what the system is and how it works.

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MINI Commercial: Chain Reaction

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Marketing, Video Mar 26th, 2014 6 Comments

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With MINI’s international roll-out comes more video. Check out this latest F56 commercial. 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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