Dec 30th, 2014
It’s not totally unexpected it’s still rather alarming. The CD and DVD based navigation systems found in MINIs from 2002 to 2010 can no longer updated after 2015. This is due to the mapping company that provides the data no longer supporting physical media. What about 2011 MINI and onward? Those systems are all solid state systems that will likely be supported for much longer due to software being much easier to update without the process of producing physical media to go along it it. continued →
Nov 24th, 2014
In 2007 MotoringFile took delivery of our first R56 and with it a number of JCW accessories – most importantly the JCW Tuning Kit. With the F56 JCW Tuning being released this fall we thought we’d look back to remind ourselves what came before.
The kit for the R56 is extraordinarily straight forward. In the US it simply consists of a more aggressive air intake, a free flowing exhaust, a turbocharger air filter air guide and the all important ECU upgrade.
This is quite a contrast to the previous kit available for the R52 and R53 that included such items as a new head and inter-cooler and pretty big freakn’ check from the new owner. In fact the new kit is almost 1/3 of the $6000 price tag the R52/R53 dealer installed version rang up. But is it even worth the lower $2000 price tag? Especially now that there are so many aftermarket tuning options for the R56?
Nov 5th, 2014
A hearty MF congrats to Craig Wilcox for once again taking MINI to the top of the ProSolo Series!
Official Release: MINI USA is proud to congratulate long time MINI owner Craig Wilcox on finishing as the Year-End Points Winner in the Tire Rack® SCCA® ProSolo® Series. Wilcox, a Blue Springs, Mo., resident, drove his 2012 MINI Cooper S Hardtop to victory lane at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska, on August 31. It was the third time Wilcox finished as the Year-End Points Winner in the ProSolo Series.
Oct 18th, 2014
Sport Auto’s resident racer just took a modified JCW R56 around the ‘Ring is a smoking 7:44. That’s over 45 seconds faster than a stock JCW. With 290 hp you could understand why. But it’s also the roll cage and full KW coil over system, Drexler LSD and Dunlop Direzza 03Gs that allowed such an incredible time. Click through to see it all happen in under eight minutes. continued →
Jun 25th, 2014
Official Release: Two class wins in this year’s competition have boosted the BMW Group’s cache of titles acquired in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Award. The two latest accolades go to two power units that manage to combine sporty performance with exemplary efficiency in unique fashion. The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology – as featured in numerous current BMW models – ranks among the prize-winners for the fourth time. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that drives the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper S Paceman, among other models, has secured its eighth consecutive class win. continued →
Apr 29th, 2014
The words Chinese and aftermarket don’t conjure up positive thoughts typically. And while we’re still not sure if what we see above is a quality piece of software and hardware engineering, it’s at the very least interesting. What it is is the first full aftermarket navigation system designed for the R55, R56, R57, R58, R59, R60 and R61 MINIs. What it runs on we don’t know (and believe me tried to ask) but it’s clear continued →
Apr 16th, 2014
According to MINI US product managers, all current R5X MINI models will get the same LED fog lights that debuted this week on the Countryman. Furthermore the Paceman will also receive all the R60 Countryman updates (sans the All4 appearance package – the silver accents) for the 2015 model year. The best news? This will be standard on all cars. But that’s not all that is changing for 2015. continued →