During last week’s press event, we had the chance to meet with The Fast Lane Car Chief, Roman Mica. Roman is a really nice guy and obviously a huge car enthusiast, and his Youtube videos are always fun to watch. A few hours ago, The Fast Lane Car published their review of the F56 John Cooper Works. Their key takeaways are similar to MotoringFile’s, but the most interesting bit is the detailed JCW walkthrough with Patrick McKenna, Head of Product at MINI USA. continued →
After much negotiations and a bidding war between streaming services and broadcasters, Amazon managed to ink a 3-year deal with former Top Gear co-hosts. Clarkson, Hammond, and May along with Producer Andy Wilman will debut their new “unscripted” show next year on Amazon Prime Video. The agreement covers global rights for this upcoming series, with availability in the US, UK, Austria, and Germany first. Amazon will also be able to license the rights to the show to other parties in countries across the globe where their streaming service not yet available. We’ve never been fans of Prime Video, so this big news might prompt us to give the service a shot. On the other hand, that’s a big and unfortunate loss for Netflix. continued →
Wonder how the new JCW fares against the all-wheel drive Audi S1? Autocar has some answers.
The resulting cohesion with the running gear’s native tautness is impressive: from spring to mount to body to dashboard to steering wheel to palm, there’s no longer any chink for your admiration to slip through. Instead, with big mirrors outside and excellent iDrive-derived sat-nav inside (courtesy of a £1400 Media Pack), you merrily bound from crawl to dawdle to sprint and back again in almost total small-car contentment. continued →
The head of BMW M recently came out with a hint (you pay attention to those when they’re from auto execs) that manual transmissions might not make it into all M cars in the future. He told Autocar “from a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes. The DCT and auto ’boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption.”
Naturally if M cars (BMWs that cater to the enthusiast) drop the beloved manual then we certainly can’t expect normal BMWs to carry the torch much longer. But what if anything does that mean for MINIs? continued →
Because most of you are enthusiasts, you probably know that the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed is ongoing this week. And it wouldn’t be a proper Festival of Speed without a MINI taking the hillclimb route. Luckily for us, Darren Moss of Autocar got to drive the new F56 John Cooper Works on this route. Here is what he has to say about his experience. continued →
The 2016 Clubman is only a few weeks away from making its public debut, but MINI’s PR effort is already in full force. To support the launch of the F54 and unveil the creative process behind the new car, MINI is running a series of video shorts called The Cultural. The first one showcases director Andre Saraiva and tattoo artist Scott Campbell. Make sure to watch the clip until the end to see a new interpretation of the legendary MINI logo. continued →
For the past 26 years, Apple has held WWDC. This year was no exception and among the number of announcements that were made earlier this week, an update to CarPlay was one of them. As a reminder, CarPlay is a standard developed by Apple to allow devices running iOS to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. As of now, CarPlay can only be found in a handful of cars, but iOS 9 might change the deal for the automotive space in general, and MINI in particular. continued →
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