Section: In the Press

MINI Sends Great Apology Letter

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Faults & Fixes, In the Press May 17th, 2013 7 Comments

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MINI delivers a car with miss steering wheel paddles. Hilarity ensues.

MOTOR Magazine Names JCW GP its 2013 Best “Bang for Your Bucks”

MotoringFile Sections: Awards, Best of the Web, In the Press, JCW GP May 14th, 2013 16 Comments

Driving the JCW GP in the Wild

Australian motoring site and friends of MotoringFile, Ausmotive.com, are reporting this morning that MOTOR Magazine has named the second generation JCW GP as the latest winner of their “Bang for your bucks” award. One judge called the GP the “best MINI I’ve ever driven, especially on a track.” We couldn’t agree more.

Head over to Ausmotive.com for their full take and some down under GP photos. You can also catch the full MINI Australia press release after the jump.

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Video: Autocar Pits the Paceman JCW Against the BMW M135i

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, In the Press, JCW, R61 (Paceman), Video Apr 12th, 2013 28 Comments

Today we’ve got an unlikely pairing from AutoCar.co.uk between the new MINI Paceman JCW and the BMW 135i. While the Paceman JCW is the more sporting than its Cooper and Cooper S siblings, it’s still a no-brainer that the M135i has it beat in the performance category. So why compare the two? Simple. Because they cost about the same.

The video is a pretty scathing indictment of the Paceman’s price point. Something is out of whack. Either the Paceman really is priced well out of reality, or the BMW is the bargain of a generation. Check out the video after the jump and tell us what you think.

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Is MINI About to Shrink its Model Lineup? (Hint – Don’t Bet on it)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, In the Press, Rumor Apr 8th, 2013 32 Comments

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Since the debut of the new MINI more than ten years ago, the line-up has grown from one to seven distinct models. As we look toward the next generation MINI hatch, the F56, we can’t help but wonder about the next generation of all those other MINIs as well. What will the next Clubman be like? Will the Coupe and Roadster merge into one product? What about the next Countryman? continued →

A MINI to Race on Speed’s “R U Faster than a Redneck”

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Motorsports Apr 3rd, 2013 6 Comments

R U Faster than a Redneck

If you’re unfamiliar with Speed’s R U Faster than a Redneck, the show is one part absurd Top Gear challenge, two parts Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Contestant racers pit their wits, driving skills and exotic rides against “good old fashioned” american muscle cars in a series of race challenges. This week, a MINI will pick up the gauntlet thrown down by american muscle. Who will come out on top? You’ll have to tune in Friday, April 5, 2013 at 9PM EDT on the Speed Network to find out. Here’s a previous episode (for as long as it’s allowed to stay up on YouTube, anyway.) continued →

The Nurburgring is Officially For Sale

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, MF Feature, Motorsports Mar 16th, 2013 6 Comments

Via our friends at Bridge to Gantry the most famous race track in the world is now for sale. This could be bad or good news depending on who ultimately buys the track out of all the potential suitors. However one thing is for certain. The ‘Ring is changing. And for manufacturers like BMW and MINI who use the ‘Ring to develop cars that has to be somewhat unsettling.

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Autocar Drives the JCW GP

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, JCW GP Mar 14th, 2013 16 Comments


Matt Prior and the team over at Autocar have whipped up a doozy of a JCW GP Review. Covering design, interior, performance, ride, costs and other criteria, it’s eight web pages full of GP scrutiny. The context: how would the new GP stack up against the old one?

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