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Section: R56 (Hatch)

Finding the Perfect Used MINI – Your Stories

MotoringFile Sections: R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe), R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.) Sep 24th, 2013 20 Comments

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 →

Transforming a Stock JCW into the JCW GP

MotoringFile Sections: JCW GP, R56 (Hatch) Jun 26th, 2013 13 Comments

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The following is the story of one man (Karl Muller) and his obsession (we’d call it healthy) in transforming his 2009 factory JCW MINI into a JCW GP. A few months back Karl started to pepper our inbox with questions about the GP. It quickly became clear that Karl was on a mission and had both an attention to detail and persistence to actually pull off what seemed impossible – re-create the GP from a stock 2009 JCW. We’ll let him tell the rest.

I didn’t intend to take this so far. What started out as a quest to simply acquire the new GP rear diffuser morphed into a GP parts obsession culminating in my 2009 factory JCW now sporting the rear diffuser, underbody panels, GP coil over suspension, the GP rear spoiler, and the GP aerodynamic splash guard. continued →

MINI USA Announces 2014 Pricing

MotoringFile Sections: Official News, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), R58 (Coupe), R59 (Roadster), R60 (Countryman), R61 (Paceman) Jun 12th, 2013 8 Comments

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2014 Model year pricing is in and things are looking good. In fact the only price increase is to the Paceman and Countryman and there MINI is only raising the price $100. With that $100 2014 R60 and R61s will now come standard with heated mirrors and washer jets – options technically worth more than $100.

Why no increase elsewhere? Simply put MINI is gearing up for the F56 and will be holding the line on pricing until it hits this next February/March as a 2014 model. That means that there will be no 2014 R56 models unlike the rest of the MINI range.

Production of 2014 models begins on July 1st 2013. Here’s the full release.

Official Release: The only models that will have a price increase for the MY2014 are Paceman and Countryman; however, for the $100 increase, all variants of those two models will come equipped standard with heated mirrors and washer jets.

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Is MINI Preparing a New Campaign for the Infamous Chain Tensioner?

MotoringFile Sections: Quality, R55 (Clubman), R56 (Hatch), R57 (Conv.), Recalls/Campaigns May 31st, 2013 57 Comments

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The R56 has been been incredibly successful for MINI in terms of sales and growing the brand. But one issue has stuck around with the R56 since 2007. From 2007 to 2010 the chain tensor (a $15 part) has been failing and wreaking havoc for MINI owners. continued →


Old vs New: Two Generations of JCW GPs Compared in Photos

MotoringFile Sections: JCW GP, R56 (Hatch) May 3rd, 2013 38 Comments

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Since the release of the 2nd generation JCW GP we’ve been debating how it compares to the original. And while we’ve found that the new GP runs rings around the first generation on the road and track, the jury is still out on which actually looks better. So we wanted to take another look at both with back to back photos comparing details of both cars. Which one wins out? Lets hear it in the comments. continued →

MINI’s New Halo LED Foglight Make a Surprise Debut?

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories, R56 (Hatch) Apr 18th, 2013 23 Comments

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A few weeks back at this year’s Geneva Motorshow an MF reader noticed something odd about the fogs of the R56 hatch on the MINI stand. The Foglights were completely different and 100% LED rather than the standard bulbs. A closer look revealed even more. They were fully LED, and illuminated in three ways: the upper half of the halo only, the full halo, or the full halo and the fog lamp lit up.

In the words of MF reader Jason who spotted them, “They look amazing – much better than stock.” However surprisingly the folks at the MINI stand knew nothing about them. We know they were an officially MINI part since they had the world “MINI” stamped into the center of the light itself (and of course they were on the stand of a major auto show).

Over the past couple of week We’ve done some asking around but have thus far come up empty. So we turn to you dear MotoringFile reader. Does anything have any light to shed on these new LED fog lights? Are they unreleased accessories? Or maybe a sneak peek at what to expect on the F56? Or perhaps just MINI designers having a laugh?

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Hat tip to Jason for the photos.


MotoringFile/WRR Audio Interview: MINI USA Product Manager Pat McKenna

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, JCW GP, Podcast, R56 (Hatch), R61 (Paceman) Apr 9th, 2013 11 Comments

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MINI Product Manager Pat McKenna took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about a couple of the more debated topics on MF recently. First up the GP. More specifically what’s up with the waiver GP owners are having to sign? Then we talk GP sales and value for money.

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R50: One & MC Hatch
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