A few months ago we introduced the concept of MotoringFile Spec. Over the years, we’ve fielded hundreds of spec-related questions from readers. What packages should they choose? What accessories are must-haves? We’ve seen them all.

Well what if readers could actually buy a car spec’d by MotoringFile? Now you can. We’ve partnered with MINI of Chicago to pre-spec a series of MINIs that will be known as MotoringFile Editions. These cars are based on the existing MINI options and accessories available to US customers, but chosen with MINI enthusiasts in mind.

The first of those cars, MF01, has finally arrived at MINI of Chicago. For those who wondered how MotoringFile would spec a JCW, this is our first answer (of many). This first MotoringFile Edition car is a loaded, White Silver JCW hardtop that features a wide range of options and MINI accessories. The focus of the exterior is a high-contrast look. Black on white with a number of key touches that make this MINI as bold as it is bright. Yet while MF01 is nearly entirely outfitted with off-the-shelf choices from MINI’s massive options and accessories list, there is one rather unique feature.

That unique feature is the matte black, 18″, V-Spoke R133 wheels. These are perhaps our favorite detail on this car. Not technically available in the US, we think they are the best looking JCW wheel to date. In addition to the black wheels, we’ve added black headlights, black center stripes and the black JCW grill trim to finish off the exterior in high contrast. All these contrasting elements accentuate the clean lines of the car as set off in White Silver. Yet, they give the car a healthy dose of aggression. We decided against the black headlight trim two reasons: First, we actually prefer the brightness of the chrome against the white and black; and secondly, MINI USA hasn’t yet made them available. (Although OEM-quality wrapped versions are available via our friends at MotoringBadges.com should you want to go that route.)

Inside, it’s Recaro seats, the JCW leather/alcantara dash and JCW red trim to complete the interior package. This bright dose of color is meant to remind this car’s future owner not to take things too seriously.

What else does it have? Everything. Literally. For the MF01, we wanted to start with a bang. No, this kitchen sink approach isn’t cheap at $45k, but for those who want sporting style, performance and daily luxury, this could be the ultimate MINI.

However, don’t let that price color your sense of value just yet. We are pleased to announce that MINI of Chicago will offer any MotoringFile reader an extra $1,000 worth of MINI or JCW accessories to further customize MF01. We recommend using that discount to add the JCW Suspension — a choice we thought the owner should make due to the trade-offs of a slightly more harsh ride in a city like Chicago.

Full Options List

Model 13MC JCW HT USD MF01

– Color A62 White Silver metallic paint: $500.00


– GSE1 Carbon Black Dinamica/Leather*


– ZCW Cold Weather Package: $500.00

— 313 Power folding mirrors
— 314 Heated mirrors and washer jets
— 494 Heated front seats
– ZNV MINI Connected with Navigation Package: $750.00
— 6NF Smartphone Integration
— 6UH Real Time Traffic Information
— 6UM MINI navigation system
– ZP2 Premium Package 2: $1,250.00
— 403 Dual pane panoramic sunroof
— 521 Rain sensor and auto headlights
— 534 Automatic climate control
– ZTC Technology Package 1: $750.00
— 322 Comfort Access keyless entry
— 655 Satellite radio with 1 year free subscription
— 674 harman/kardon premium sound
— 7L5 MINI Wired Package
— 620 Voice-command
— 6FP MINI Connected
— 6NE Comfort Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapter
— 6NM MINI Connected
– 1CA CO2 relevant vehicles
– 226 Sport suspension: $500.00
– 2PX 17″ alloy wheels, Cross Spoke Challenge, Black
– 319 Universal garage-door opener: $250.00
– 345 Chrome line interior: $250.00
– 383 Roof and mirror caps in black
– 3A2 Black headlight housings: $100.00
– 431 Auto-dimming rearview mirror: $250.00
– 473 Center armrest
– 4CY Interior surface Chili Red
– 4FA Recaro sport seats: $2,750.00
– 4L4 John Cooper Works Black Leather Dash: $1,000.00
– 4NA Interior mirror with compass: $100.00
– 522 Xenon headlights: $500.00
– 5AA Rear fog lamp: $100.00
– 6VC Combox controller
– 785 White turn-signal lights: $100.00

– Net Total: $40,750.00
– Destination Charge: $700.00
– Total Suggested Price: $41,450.00

Additional accessories:

– Black Sport Stripes
– Window Tint
– 18″ R113 V-Spoke Tire and Wheel Package

Total MSRP: $45,000

*Items shown without prices are no-charge options or included in selected packages

If you’re interested in purchasing MF01, or just want to learn more about it, contact MINI of Chicago at (773) 969-5700.


What’s next for MotoringFile Spec? Look for MF02 to be at the opposite end of the spectrum, with a “less is more” philosophy.

MotoringFile Spec FAQ

What Makes a MINI MF Spec?
What are the qualifying factors for MotoringFile Spec? It starts with performance, meaning you’ll see mostly JCWs. Also expect the optional factory sport suspensions and other options that make MINIs a bit more sporting than base as standards from us. But these cars won’t all be ultra rarified and hardcore. Frankly, if you want hardcore go buy the JCW GP. Done. Instead, these MF Spec MINIs are meant as daily drivers that look exceptional while staying focused on from the factory performance.

Why aren’t there custom colors or one-off accessories?
As much as we’d like to, we can’t have these cars hand-built (not yet at least). Nor can we option unique paint or include aftermarket accessories because they’d simply be too cost-prohibitive. That’s part of the challenge. Our design criteria must stay grounded in reality, and that means staying within the factory and dealer-installed options list. The challenge is then to set a unique, thoughtful spec far more enthusiast-oriented than what they’d typically find on the dealer lot. We will, however, be adding some small touches to make these cars even more unique. For example, each car will be numbered via a one-of-a-kind grille badge and key-fob, with artwork created by MotoringBadges.com