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BMW Now Has a 250 HP Version of the B48. Will We See It in a MINI?

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, F60 Countryman Jul 20th, 2015 5 Comments

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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. continued →

JCW Pro Exhaust – The Sound

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, JCW Jul 14th, 2015 28 Comments

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On the fence on whether or not to upgrade to the JCW Pro exhaust? The new kit is designed more holistically than before and is comprised of a full ECU remap, stainless steel and some interesting features. But how does it sound you ask? This MINI UK promo video gives us our best audio sample yet. continued →

Ask MINI Anything About the JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, JCW Jul 7th, 2015 26 Comments

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What do you want to know about the new JCW? We’ll be test driving the new car in weeks and will have plenty of access to MINI executives, designers and engineers during the process. That means we’ll have access to the very people behind MINI’s new halo. What better source to answer the questions many of you likely have about the new JCW? continued →

MINI Making the Case for Superleggera Production

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F54 Clubman Hybrid, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, F60 Countryman, In the Press, Rocketman, Superleggera Jun 12th, 2015 17 Comments

P90151083-MINI Superleggera Vision Roadster ConceptThis week, Autocar decided  there’s still hope that the Superleggera will enter production. While enthusiasts probably begin to grow frustrated by these rumors, Autocar’s take is based on an actual conversation with BMW Board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer. But reading the article, the more interesting tidbits do not concern the concept we all love, but rather the rest of the MINI lineup. continued →


Why BMW is Moving MINI Further Upscale (And Why We’re Not Worried)

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F55 Four-Door Hardtop, F56 Two-Door Hardtop, F57 Convertible, F60 Countryman, Opinion Apr 3rd, 2015 23 Comments

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Premium does not equal high cost. Nor does a move further upscale mean MINI will turn its back on the style and performance that has made the brand such a success over the years. Now with that out let’s get to the why, how and when. continued →

The MINI Convertible Will Debut Early Next Year

MotoringFile Sections: F57 Convertible Mar 30th, 2015 6 Comments

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A few weeks ago a couple of our typical sources independently told us to expect the MINI Convertible to debut early this spring. Somehow what was lost in translation (almost literally) was what year. We now know that the MINI Convertible (Cooper and Cooper S forms) will make its public debut in Geneva or New York next year. continued →


Exclusive: Details From MINI USA’s Annual Sales Meeting

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, F57 Convertible, Marketing, NYIAS, Sales Mar 27th, 2015 35 Comments

P90158767-Mini-meeting-2014Every year, MINI USA organizes an Annual Sales Meeting between their executives and owners and managers of MINI dealerships across the U.S. This comes as an addition to the frequent visits that MINI USA Regional Sales Managers pay to dealers in their respective geographic areas. The purpose of this year’s meeting was to review 2014 and discuss what’s coming in 2015. While we already detailed parts of MINI USA’s tactics for this year, we managed to gather additional tidbits from our sources. continued →

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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
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F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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