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MotoringFile Review: The 2016 F56 MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Reviews Jul 27th, 2015 26 Comments

Today we go in-depth with the 2016 JCW MINI. However if you’d like to take a step back and read something a bit more high level first, head over to our appropriately named High Level Review of the car, which Alex published yesterday. Now, read on for our first take of the new MINI JCW in both auto and manual forms.


The F56 MINI JCW is the most complete performance product the brand has ever created. That was the revelation I had as I was thundering up a long stretch of two lane highway in 3rd gear. The suspension calibration, the engine’s constant onslaught to torque and the measured feedback flowing through the wheel, gear lever, throttle, and brake pedals make the new JCW rewarding in the best sense of the word. continued →

2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 2: High-Level Review

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 26th, 2015 16 Comments

2015 JCW Mini  Hardtop Americas Launch Event.I’ve been waiting for this day since MINI unveiled the F56 John Cooper Works concept in Detroit 18 months ago. With a good amount of driving on the twisty roads of New York State, some racing and auto-crossing, this part of the JCW press event has given me a good idea of what this new car is capable of. continued →

2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 1: Introduction

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 24th, 2015 4 Comments

2015 JCW Mini Hardtop Americas Launch Event.It all started from San Francisco. After a long day of meetings concluded by dinner and drinks with clients, we headed back to Boston. The plan is to drive our 135i Coupe to New Haven, CT where three days of MINI John Cooper Works fun and drive await us. continued →

2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 0: Thank You Note

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 23rd, 2015 2 Comments

2015 JCW Mini  Hardtop Americas Launch Event.18 months ago while I was listening to White Roof Radio, DB and Todd asked their audience for help. They were about to embark on yet another MTTS and needed interns to support the show during this fantastic road trip. Since my plan was to attend MTTS anyways, I immediately volunteered. It also gave me an opportunity to give back to my favorite podcast. Note that at the time, I had no idea how I would get from San Francisco to Boston, I just trusted that everything would work itself out. And it did. It was a phenomenal trip that keeps going a year later. Let’s hope it continues for many more miles. continued →

MINI JCW Team at Lime Rock Park: Race Preview

MotoringFile Sections: JCW, Motorsports, Official News Jul 23rd, 2015 19 Comments

Photo 04-corral This weekend, the MINI JCW Team will compete in the Lime Rock Park race, and we will be covering the event live as part of the JCW Press Launch. In the meantime, here is a preview of the race. continued →

2015 MINI Challenge Race (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, MINI Challenge, Motorsports, Video Jul 15th, 2015 No Comments

20150509_brands gp qualify gen3 jcw_051Ahead of attending the MINI John Cooper Works press event next week, the MotoringFile crew is in full race mode. Today, EVO brings us eight minutes of pure joy with this video of the 2015 MINI Challenge Race. With a detailed look at the one of the F56s and a deep dive into the race, what else can you ask for? Enjoy! continued →

JCW Pro Exhaust – The Sound

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


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 →

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