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MotoringFile Video Review: 2014 F56 MINI Cooper & Cooper S

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Reviews, Video Feb 5th, 2014 41 Comments


Last week we had a day to spend with the all new 2014 F56 MINI Cooper and Cooper S. During that time we roamed the mountain passes and ocean front roads to bring you our first thoughts on MINI’s most important car since the launch of the R50 in 2001. But we also wanted to bring you more than just written words and photos from the launch.

So one take, no script, 20 minutes and a GoPro camera, we had our first video review of the F56 MINI Cooper and Cooper S. Check it out after the break.

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Watch MINI’s F56 Introduction in Puerto Rico

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Video Jan 31st, 2014 7 Comments


We’ve got song, dance and a man riding a water-powered levitation device. Oh, and there are MINIs too. Enjoy. continued →

Hear the 2014 MINI Cooper S Exhaust

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Video Jan 30th, 2014 11 Comments


Does the 2014 Cooper S exhaust still pop and burble? Is it as good as the R56 or R53 that came before it? Find out after the break. continued →

The 2014 Dakar Rally is Underway & MINI Just Took the Lead

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman Dakar, Motorsports, Video Jan 6th, 2014 No Comments

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The Dakar is underway and MINI has just taken the lead. More specifically Stéphane #Peterhansel and the MINI X-raid team is currently leading Carlos Sainz by 46s.

What’s the Dakar? Let MINI’s 2012 victory recap video explain it to you. And yes, the 0:35 moment is real. continued →

Drive Takes the JCW GP to the Silver State Classic

MotoringFile Sections: JCW GP, R56 (Hatch), Video Dec 26th, 2013 12 Comments

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Drive TV – a Youtube favorite of ours features a handful or different shows that explore every corner of the automotive world. One of our favorites, Tuned with Matt Farah recently took a JCW GP to the Silver State Classic. An open road challenge in the Nevada Dessert, it’s a timed event that involved speed, endurance and math. And on a long holiday weekend it’s also a perfect thing to sit back and enjoy. continued →

MINI’s First F56 Commercial Debuts: Bullheaded

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, Marketing, Video Dec 18th, 2013 25 Comments


MINI’s got a new ad for the next generation MINI, the F56. It features a Cooper S version and “Spike” the bulldog. But it’s more than just a good look at the new car. It’s also an homage to the very first MINI commercial ever shown in the US – also featuring a bulldog coming to grips with a MINI.

What also makes the ad worth watching for MINI enthusiasts is a closer look at some of the interior details in action. Specifically, the MINI Light Ring, the heads-up display, and close-ups of the start/stop toggle switch.

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Video: The TWINI on Jay Leno’s Garage

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, JCW, Motorsports, R53 (Coupe), Video Dec 11th, 2013 3 Comments

TWINI on Jay Leno's Garage

No matter your late night viewing loyalties, there’s no denying that Jay Leno is the gear head to end all gear heads. His collection includes motorcycles, antique fire engines, tractors and more cars than one could count. While he calls it his garage, what Jay’s got is a private motor museum of his own making. That facility isn’t open to the public for tours (yet), but Jay shares his passion for all things that turn energy into noise and speed on his long-running web series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

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