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White Roof Radio #491: The F56

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast, R56 (Hatch) Nov 18th, 2013 3 Comments

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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.

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Video: MINI JCW GP an EVO Car of the Year Contender

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, In the Press, JCW GP, R56 (Hatch), Video Nov 8th, 2013 16 Comments

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 →

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 61 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 →

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