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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

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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.

MF Garage: Snow & Ice vs the Cooper S (In Praise of Plastic)

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, MotoringFile Garage, Reviews Apr 15th, 2015 9 Comments

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There is nothing glorious about doing damage to your car. And there’s definitely no glory in doing it to someone else’s. Cue the crunching sound of ice breaking plastic. That was the sound I heard as I was parallel parking a few days after particular bad 24″ Chicago blizzard this winter. As anyone will tell you navigating the unplowed side streets of Chicago are bad enough. But trying to parallel park in them is even worse. Alas that was my mission and unfortunately I missed accounting for a rather large glacial like piece of icy snow. I rolled over it with my back and onto it with my right plastic side skirt. And that side skirt did exactly what its engineers have designed it to do. It broke. continued →


5 Thoughts After 500 Miles: Driving the 691 hp Tesla Model S P85D

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors, Reviews Apr 7th, 2015 21 Comments

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We’ve just spent 500 miles behind the wheel of the new all electric 691 hp Tesla P85D and we have a ton to say. And while our full review is coming soon, we couldn’t wait to give you a peek into our time with the electric rocketship.

Here are five quick thoughts after five hundred miles. continued →

We Have the 691 HP Tesla P85D for a Long Weekend — What Do you Want to Know?

MotoringFile Sections: MINI Competitors, Reviews Mar 31st, 2015 6 Comments

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BimmerFile & MotoringFile have tested various Teslas three times over the past five years. We’ve commuted, tracked and generally been in awe of the electric vehicle maker’s products. But those cars were all leading to something bigger, faster and even more efficient. And we have the keys to all 691 hp of it. continued →


Surviving Winter on Summer Tires – Why You Should Never Try It

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, MotoringFile Garage, Reviews Mar 9th, 2015 6 Comments

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We don’t advocate summer tires in cold conditions. We never have and we never will. However through a series of unfortunate events our long term F56 Cooper S ended up not just with little 16″ wheels but summer-only tires. In the dead of winter. In Chicago. Hilarity did not ensue. What it did was create a wild few months that included more than a few white knuckles and e-brake turns. How did we survive? Read on. continued →

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F54: Clubman
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F60: MINI Crossover
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