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Section: F56 Hatch

MINI Just Built the 2,500,000th Car at Oxford

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Jul 1st, 2014 9 Comments

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News just in. Russ Swift just drove a blue MINI Cooper off the line to celebrate 2.5 million MINIs made at the plant. continued →

MINIUSA Eliminates Ordering Rules for the F56

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch Jun 30th, 2014 6 Comments

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When MINI flipped the switch on the F56 configurator they also unveiled a new set of rules put in place that required extra options. For instance if you wanted the 8.8″ or the 6.5″ screen you had to also order PDC and the rear camera. Likewise if you wanted comfort access you had to order the alarm system. continued →

Autoblog Reviews the 2014 MINI Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, F56 Hatch, Reviews Jun 29th, 2014 21 Comments

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MINI owner and self-described MINI enthusiast, Brandon Turkus, has penned a comprehensive review of the 2014 MINI Cooper S for Autoblog. Brandon’s is an interesting perspective, since he’s both part of the automotive press, and also a MINI fan. As such, he’s asking a lot of the same questions I’ve had on my mind:

Before the third-generation of the reborn Mini Cooper S landed in my driveway, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the model would continue its slide towards mass appeal, or if it would re-embrace the enthusiast realm with a stronger driver-focused mission. As I found out during my week with the car, it was a bit of both.

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MF Review: 800 Miles in Seven Days with the F56 MINI Cooper

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Reviews Jun 24th, 2014 49 Comments

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We’ve reviewed the manual F56 Cooper previously but never have had a chance to live with it and experience it so thoroughly. Does it hold up? continued →


Battle of the 3 Cylinders: MINI vs. Ford

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, In the Press, Reviews Jun 19th, 2014 56 Comments

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The idea of a gas powered three cylinder engine was crazy talk (for those who liked SMART) only a few years ago but now there are two new models featuring such power plants on American shores. Enter the all new for 2014 MINI Cooper and The Ford Fiesta EcoBoost 1.0l. Two cars with small engines targeting very different customers but both dreaming of high fuel economy. Autoguide put these two head to head.

The MINI is expensive for a subcompact, but you can see the point of paying the premium as soon as you step into the car.

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Consumer Reports Has MINI Shifter Come off During Driving

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Faults & Fixes Jun 17th, 2014 43 Comments

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File this under things you don’t want to ever have happen. Consumer Reports is reporting that their Cooper S test car’s shifter came off during “spirited” driving recently. continued →


MINI Launches the Cooper SD in Europe and the UK

MotoringFile Sections: Diesel, F56 Hatch, Official News Jun 12th, 2014 14 Comments

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A few days ago we told you about MINI USA’s plans to release a Clubman diesel in late 2016/early 2017. Today we get an early peak at what will likely be a variation of the engine used. The Cooper SD is the fastest and most powerful diesel ever offered in a MINI. With 170hp and a healthy 266 ft lbs of torque, the new 2.0L diesel should sprint to 60 mph in under seven seconds while returning 59 MPG US (4.0 to 4.1 litres per 100 kilometers). Will we see that kind of efficiency with the Clubman? It’s much too early to tell but we’d expect MINI to aim for something over 50 MPG.

Read on for the full details on the new Cooper SD and the MINI One First that was also launched today. 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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