Feb 11th, 2015
Since we published the Ordering Guide for the 2015 F56 John Cooper Works, there has a been a lot of debate across the MotoringFile and White Roof Radio teams regarding the MSRP of this new car. With a base-price of $30,600, we believe the JCW is actually good value compare to a “JCW-equipped” standard Cooper S. However, when you add a couple of technology and convenience options, the final price tag approaches the $38K-$42K range rather quickly. At this point, anyone contemplating a decently equipped JCW – even the most hardcore MINI fanboys – would probably ask themselves whether or not it is reasonable to spend close to $40K on a MINI. Wouldn’t it make more sense to buy a low mileage certified BMW M3 for instance? So instead of restricting this conversation to our little group, we decided to open the debate to the fine MotoringFile readership. Here is the challenge: With a budget ranging from $38,000 to $42,000, what would you buy instead of a F56 JCW? To answer this question, you will have to comply with two rules:
- You can choose to spend your budget on a new or a used car (excluding taxes, title, etc.)
- The car you choose has to become your daily driver
There you have it. Speak your choice in the comments section and tell us why you selected a given car. continued →
Feb 7th, 2015
When MINI USA announces order allocations for a new model, they usually provides Motoring Advisors with detailed information pertaining to the technical and pricing specificities of said model. This information serves as an ordering guide for dealers, but it also helps them better understand what the price range of the new car will be given different levels of configuration. Thanks to one of our sources, MotoringFile managed to get their hands on this documentation for the upcoming F56 John Cooper Works. Since the JCW was unveiled back in January, we’ve received countless requests for more information on pricing. Until now, the only thing we knew for certain was the base price of $30,600, but today we have exact pricing for a number of options and packages. With that in mind, it’s time to start your favorite spreadsheet app! continued →
Feb 2nd, 2015
It took us some time, but our interview with David Duncan and Chris Potgieter is finally available! One quick disclaimer before you listen. Because the new JCW was the focus of this year’s NAIAS, we didn’t have a chance to ask all the questions that were submitted on MotoringFile. We are truly sorry for that, but rest assured that these questions are not lost, and we will do our best to answer them in the coming months. There’s also some bonus content at the end of the recording for any BMW fans out there. Enjoy!
Jan 29th, 2015
MotoringFile was one of the first sites to show footage of the F56 MINI Challenge race car from the perspective of current racers. However now we have high quality footage and an in-depth review as provided by XCARFilms. continued →
Jan 28th, 2015
MINI USA is often tweaking the online configurator to make small improvements, but we recently spotted a few surprise additions including the JCW Exterior Package, Chili Red paint and additional wheel options for the two and four door Hardtop models. continued →
Jan 17th, 2015
This week was definitely dedicated to John Cooper Works. On Monday MINI took the wraps of the F56 JCW, with the car due to hit dealer lots by the end of spring. However, that doesn’t stop MINI from continuing to develop JCW for other FXX models. Next on the list, the F57 Convertible. Based on spy shots from Autoblog, the F57 JCW is already undergoing winter testing in Scandinavia. While the car is covered in swirly graphics, obvious cues (i.e soft top, aero kit, exhaust, brakes) confirm that we are indeed looking at a JCW Convertible.
When we first saw spy pictures of the JCW 3-door Hardtop, the F56 had been on sale for three months. With this new sets of photos coming out before the F57 is even released, it appears that MINI is ramping-up JCW models at a faster pace now that the JCW F56 has been announced.
Expect the F57 to start production in November and its JCW variant in March 2016.
Don’t forget to visit Autoblog for a detailed look at the pictures. continued →
Jan 15th, 2015
The 2015 MINI JCW is here and it’s exactly what we at MF have hoped for since the brand’s inception. From the early years as a bolt-on kit to the never fully realized R56 JCW, the brand has had plenty of promise but never quite a cohesive statement (outside of the limited edition GP). Until now. The F56 JCW marks the brand’s first car that might just fulfill the promise that the brand has had for years. The only question left in our mind is if it goes far enough? That’s a question we won’t have an answer to until we get behind the wheel.
Nevertheless, after spending two days with the car and MINI executives behind it, there’s lots to dissect and discuss. Lets dive into the details. continued →