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Cross-Shopping the F56 JCW with the MkVII Golf R

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, MINI Competitors, MotoringFile Garage, Opinion Apr 15th, 2015 28 Comments

2015_golf_r_4411As discussed in the last episode of White Roof Radio, Todd spent most of last week driving a 2015 4-door Golf GTI. His impression was rather positive, so positive in fact, that we dedicated almost half of the show talking about his experience and how it compares to the F56. While Gabe has also praised the GTI in the past, this weekend was our turn to test-drive Volkswagen’s Hot Hatch. continued →

5 Thoughts After 500 Miles: Driving the 691 hp Tesla Model S P85D

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors, Reviews Apr 7th, 2015 21 Comments

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We’ve just spent 500 miles behind the wheel of the new all electric 691 hp Tesla P85D and we have a ton to say. And while our full review is coming soon, we couldn’t wait to give you a peek into our time with the electric rocketship.

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Auto Express Review: MINI Cooper S Four-Door vs. VW Polo GTI (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop, In the Press, MINI Competitors Apr 3rd, 2015 11 Comments

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In their latest comparison video, Auto Express pits the MINI Cooper S four-door against the Volkswagen Polo GTI.  Click through to watch the video and see which car they pick as the winner of this comparison. continued →

We Have the 691 HP Tesla P85D for a Long Weekend — What Do you Want to Know?

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors, Reviews Mar 31st, 2015 6 Comments

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BimmerFile & MotoringFile have tested various Teslas three times over the past five years. We’ve commuted, tracked and generally been in awe of the electric vehicle maker’s products. But those cars were all leading to something bigger, faster and even more efficient. And we have the keys to all 691 hp of it. continued →


World Premier: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (The First Front Wheel Drive BMW)

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors Feb 13th, 2014 51 Comments

P90141704 The first front wheel drive BMW is finally here. Why should you, the MINI enthusiast care? Because this BMW, under all the metal, glass and composites lies the same chassis and drivetrain as the new MINI. In other words this is the BMW version of the F56 MINI. Or more specifically this is BMW’s version of the new F55 Four door and F54 Clubman in terms of a size comparison respectively.

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Opinion: Peugeot Shows Us the 270 hp MINI Prince Engine That Could Have Been

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, MINI Competitors, Opinion Nov 14th, 2013 24 Comments

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Pictured above is the Peugeot RCZ R — a 270 hp sport coupe that’s powered by a version of the same engine found in second generation MINIs like the R56 and R60. You read that right: 270 hp. We’ve known this was possible (in fact nearly seven years ago MotoringFile reported that BMW was able to reliably get 300 hp out of the Prince), but Peugeot has finally put that into reality. What does it mean for MINI? First a little backstory.

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The Classic Mini says “Happy Birthday” to the Porsche 911

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary, Classic Mini, MINI Competitors, Official News Jun 6th, 2013 9 Comments

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Official News from MINI: In September 2013 the flag-bearer of the German sports car fraternity, the Porsche 911, will celebrate its 50th birthday. And among the hoards of well-wishers will be MINI, not least because its model history also includes – in the classic Mini – a similarly compelling work of art characterised by a similar reluctance to abandon the exuberance of youth.

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

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
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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