Feb 5th, 2014
Ten current and past owners to live out their fantasy test drive in the new MINI
Contest asked owners to submit how they would test drive the new MINI Ten winners will now live out their test drive experience and design a brand new “MINI Originals” package MINI community will vote on their favorite and the winning package will be available for order on MINIUSA.com and at select dealerships Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 28, 2014… The results are in! MINI USA has selected ten finalists, including one “Fan Favorite” voted on by the MINI community, to live out their Final Test Test Drive. Past and present MINI owners dreamed up and submitted photos and videos of their dream test drive as part of the contest to launch the new MINI Hardtop.
Dec 30th, 2013
There is little question the original JCW GP is a special car — an incredibly special car. It was thrown together at break-neck speed with off-the-shelf parts and yet it’s one of the most satisfying cars I’ve ever driven at any price. Sure, MINI had some trouble selling all of them at the time, as they have with the GP2, but since then it’s become a classic with ever-slowing depreciation. That original MINI JCW GP will surely be a classic.
In contrast, the new GP is a much more serious car. Road testing and development took place primarily at the Nurburgring, led primarily by a MINI race car driver. Instead of a few months, the second generation JCW GP was two years in the making. In those two years, MINI JCW fitted an entirely new, bespoke suspension. MINI spec’d unique tires and a specially-matched six-pot braking system that was designed to stop cars almost 1,000 lbs heavier. The result was nothing short of phenomenal. Whether on the track or on the road, the 2013 JCW GP is astonishing in its ability to change direction, stop, and go. Yet it’s not just the quickness of the new GP that exhilarates. It’s the car’s feedback at every touch-point.
Dec 26th, 2013
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 →
Nov 29th, 2013
- Over 1 million current MINI Hatch models built at Plant Oxford between 2006 – 2013
- 1,863,289 total MINI Hatch built since 2001
- 14% of all cars built in the UK last year were MINIs, and 14% exported were MINIs
- The new MINI Hatch production starts, with UK launch in Spring 2014
Having put a smile on over a million drivers’ faces across the globe, the last of the outgoing MINI Hatch drove off the production line at Plant Oxford today.
Nov 18th, 2013
Finally! After months of speculation, spy shots, really bad renders and more press releases than we could shake a stick at, we get to see and talk about the F56! Full coverage of the F56 can of course be found throughout MF this week with videos and more hands-on time to come in the days ahead. But this show is all about our initial assessment and opinions on the most anticipated MINI yet.
Nov 8th, 2013
The MINI JCW GP is a car that we here at MotoringFile hold in rather high esteem. While certainly not for everyone, it’s a package deal of everything the second generation MINI has to offer in terms of a pure driving experience and special JCW touches. It’s a car MINI created not to make money on (because like the 2006 GP, MINI likely lost money on this model), but out of sheer brand enthusiasm.
We’ve reviewed it on the track and on the road and fell in love with it both times.
Turns out we’re not the only ones who feel that way. EVO has included the second generation MINI JCW GP in its list of final contenders for EVO Car of the Year. continued →
Sep 24th, 2013
For so many years MotoringFile has focused on whats new and recently released. However with the price of 2002 MINIs now well below $10k there are great used MINI deals to be had. So great that I’ve recently found myself magnetically drawn to eBay looking for a MINI project car.
But that’s another story for another time. Instead we want to hear your stories. Who’s bought a used MINI? What was the experience like? What was it like to buy someone else’s creation and make it your own? continued →