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MotoringFile Review: The 2016 F56 MINI JCW

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Reviews Jul 27th, 2015 No Comments

Today we go in-depth with the 2016 JCW MINI. However if you’d like to take a step back and read something a bit more high level first, head over to our appropriately named High Level Review of the car, which Alex published yesterday. Now, read on for our first take of the new MINI JCW in both auto and manual forms.


The F56 MINI JCW is the most complete performance product the brand has ever created. That was the revelation I had as I was thundering up a long stretch of two lane highway in 3rd gear. The suspension calibration, the engine’s constant onslaught to torque and the measured feedback flowing through the wheel, gear lever, throttle, and brake pedals make the new JCW rewarding in the best sense of the word.

The revised 228hp 2.0L four cylinder finally takes the JCW brand where we’ve all wanted it to go. From a stop, it’s now possible to lose traction going from 1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd and yes, even 3rd to 4th. But forget the numbers for a second. It’s the responsiveness of the engine throughout the rev range that makes this JCW so different than anything that came before it. It makes sense given the fact that this is a 2.0L of course. But the quality of feedback is such that the JCW doesn’t just feel fast. It feels like a premium product that has been expertly engineered and designed to exactly what it is. The fastest MINI you can buy. As much as we’ve loved previous JCW products, none of them feel nearly this thorough in execution and as satisfying in overall driving experience. continued →

2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 2: High-Level Review

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 26th, 2015 8 Comments

2015 JCW Mini  Hardtop Americas Launch Event.I’ve been waiting for this day since MINI unveiled the F56 John Cooper Works concept in Detroit 18 months ago. With a good amount of driving on the twisty roads of New York State, some racing and auto-crossing, this part of the JCW press event has given me a good idea of what this new car is capable of. continued →

2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 1: Introduction

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 24th, 2015 4 Comments

2015 JCW Mini Hardtop Americas Launch Event.It all started from San Francisco. After a long day of meetings concluded by dinner and drinks with clients, we headed back to Boston. The plan is to drive our 135i Coupe to New Haven, CT where three days of MINI John Cooper Works fun and drive await us. continued →

2015 MINI JCW Press Event Day 0: Thank You Note

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Podcast, Reviews Jul 23rd, 2015 2 Comments

2015 JCW Mini  Hardtop Americas Launch Event.18 months ago while I was listening to White Roof Radio, DB and Todd asked their audience for help. They were about to embark on yet another MTTS and needed interns to support the show during this fantastic road trip. Since my plan was to attend MTTS anyways, I immediately volunteered. It also gave me an opportunity to give back to my favorite podcast. Note that at the time, I had no idea how I would get from San Francisco to Boston, I just trusted that everything would work itself out. And it did. It was a phenomenal trip that keeps going a year later. Let’s hope it continues for many more miles. continued →

2015 MINI John Cooper Works Reviews Galore

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, In the Press, JCW, Reviews May 12th, 2015 47 Comments

F56_JCW_1964As seen on MotoringFile, the new MINI John Cooper Works is in full launch mode. As such, our colleagues from various automotive news outlet have release their initial review of the most powerful MINI yet. While we won’t dwell on the mechanical specs of the car – we’re sure you must know them all by now – here is what Auto Express and Auto Car have to say about this new JCW. continued →

Five Facts that Make the Five Door MINI

MotoringFile Sections: F55 Four-Door Hardtop, MotoringFile Garage, Reviews Apr 28th, 2015 28 Comments


We recently spent a week with the new MINI 5 door after living with an F56 MINI three door hatch for the past five months. How does it compare? We’ve got five reasons it might be the MINI to get. continued →

2015 MINI John Cooper Works: First Drive Live On Periscope

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Reviews Apr 16th, 2015 5 Comments

JCW_F56_LAOne of our local dealers just received a 2015 John Cooper Works and we are about to take it for a spin. Starting at 5:45pm EST, you’ll be able to watch our test-drive live on Periscope here: https://t.co/mX71VfNMyg. Apologies in advance for the setup, but this the best we can do for now. We’ll share our impressions on another post later this evening.

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