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John Cooper Works Touched 2017 MINI Clubman Gets 231 Horsepower

Big MINI like the Countryman and Clubman are exactly huge, but they are still practical. Practicality may have won’t some while others are less than satisfied with its performance. If that’s what stopping you from appreciating a MINI, or in this case, a Clubman, then perhaps the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman should entice you with 39 horses more over the MINI Cooper S Clubman. Powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol unit with TwinPower Turbo Technology and mated to a 6-speed stick shifter (or an option 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission) which puts the 231 horses produced to good use on all four wheels, propelling it from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.3 seconds and sending it on its way to a top speed of 238 km/h (148 mph). Continue reading John Cooper Works Touched 2017 MINI Clubman Gets 231 Horsepower

All-New MINI Countryman Unveiled Along With A Plug-in Hybrid Variety

BMW Group has unveiled a spanking new MINI Countryman model which, not surprisingly, got a bump in size – making it the largest MINI yet. Also introduced was an electrified Countryman, a plug-in hybrid model MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, the marque’s first electric drive since like when? 2010? Whatever is the case, the SE is still officially the British marque’s first plug-in hybrid. Anywho, the plug-in hybrid model is a welcome addition for those who love upsized MINI with a lower carbon footprint. Speaking of upsized, the 2017 MINI Countryman is a good 20 centimeters (7 7/8 inches) longer and 3 centimeters (13/16) wider than the outgoing model. Continue reading All-New MINI Countryman Unveiled Along With A Plug-in Hybrid Variety

In The Next 100 Years, MINI Will Be A Semi-Autonomous Shared Car

You have seen BMW Vision Next 100 and more recently, Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100. Now meet the MINI Vision Next 100 – the last of the three BMW Group’s marque (excluding Motorrad). If you don’t already know, MINI Vision Next 100, like the other two Vision Next 100 Concepts, is a look into what lies ahead for the marque in terms of design and technology. In the case of MINI Vision Next 100, it leans toward car-sharing which the automaker describes as “every MINI is my MINI.” But it won’t be the car-sharing as you have known. MINI users of the future will be able to access and tailor the ride to their own personal likings, wherever and whenever they desire. Continue reading In The Next 100 Years, MINI Will Be A Semi-Autonomous Shared Car

MINI Seven Special Edition: The Humble Austin Seven Remembered

When it comes to special edition automobile, MINI is second to none and just when you thought the German automaker-owned, British marque has run out of ideas for special edition, it dishes out yet another and this time, it pays tribute the original Austin Seven of 50s and 60s. Aptly dubbed MINI Seven, it is every inch of the MINI you know today and as with the special editions before it, the only special would be cosmetic, which extends from the outside to the cabin. The former includes an unique paint scheme, Lapisluxury Blue, you see here, along with Pepper White, Midnight Black, and not forgetting, British Racing Green as alternatives. Continue reading MINI Seven Special Edition: The Humble Austin Seven Remembered

Good News! MINI Is Getting Scissor Doors As An Option! Or Is It Really?

Given that this press release was sent out on the March 31, 2016, it is not surprising to know that the MINI scissor doors option is an April Fools’ Day joke. Come on, folks, isn’t it a little too obvious? Scissor doors on a MINI? Really? On the second thought, maybe some may have been duped cos’ the press text was serious, with the German-owned British marque saying things like “making it easier for customers to squeeze their MINI into even the tightest of parking spaces,” and further adding that the doors will only available for MINI 3-door, MINI Paceman and the new MINI Convertible initially and it will come to MINI 5-door, 6-door MINI Clubman and Countryman. Continue reading Good News! MINI Is Getting Scissor Doors As An Option! Or Is It Really?

2016 MINI Clubman Now Comes In All-Wheel Drive

By now, we should have conditioned ourselves to understand that MINI is a marque and not a direct reference to the brand’s car sizes. It wasn’t small like it was when it was reintroduced into the market by BMW. In fact, it has grew quite a bit since its rebirth and since then, it has spun a few even bigger machines, such as the Clubman. Speaking of Clubman, MINI has announced a new Clubman that’s not only longer (in terms of wheelbase), but also drives on all four wheel. That’s right. Clubman. All-wheel drive, or ALL4, as the marketing folks at MINI much prefer we refer it as. Some MINI fans may find it long overdue, but hey, it is better late than never, isn’t it? Continue reading 2016 MINI Clubman Now Comes In All-Wheel Drive

MINI Unveiled Countryman Cooper D Business Model with All-Wheel Drive

If you think your company is hip and super cool, then I suppose a MINI would be a fitting ride for your business? If yes, then we think the 2016 MINI Countryman Cooper D ALL4 Business Model will be right up your firm’s alley. Honestly, we are not sure why and which company would choose a MINI over a grander vehicle like say, a BMW 6 Series. For car rental company, perhaps? Since MINI did say its for fleet customers. In any case, the Countryman Cooper D ALL4 Business Model sure sounds like a pretty rad ride with all the extra equipment thrown in. Highlight of the business edition Countryman is obviously the marque’s all-wheel drive system that promised to deliver excellent traction and quick response to changing road conditions. Continue reading MINI Unveiled Countryman Cooper D Business Model with All-Wheel Drive

This is it. This is the New MINI Clubman and it is the Biggest MINI Yet

We love MINI, but its size left much to be desired. Sure. There is the Countryman to content with, but honestly speaking, while Countryman has the face of the MINI, it never really look like a MINI; it looks more like a mini monster truck. This is where we think the new MINI Clubman will fill the gap left by the lack of size by the MINI and the un-MINI MINI of the Countryman. The new Clubman is significantly larger. It is a good 10.6 inches (26 cm) longer, 3.5 inches (9 cm) wider and its wheelbase stretches 3.9 inches longer over the new MINI 5-door. Continue reading This is it. This is the New MINI Clubman and it is the Biggest MINI Yet

MINI Joins the Vision Gran Turismo Bandwagon, Lets You Take Clubman Vision GT for a Virtual Spin

If you haven’t already heard, MINI has joined the growing rank of Vision Gran Turismo cars designed specifically for Playstation’s Gran Turismo 6 console games. While other automakers tend to straddle towards the extreme (read: unlikely to see in real life other than prototype), MINI has taken a more realistic approach with a Clubman-based racer, aptly dubbed Clubman Vision Gran Turismo. Why a Clubman? We are not entirely sure, but we see it as MINI’s subtle effort in drawing attention to next-generation Clubman. Though the Vision Gran Turismo’s Clubman still retains the iconic MINI form, it is not without some ‘made for race track exaggeration’ which includes enormous air inlets, front and rear splitters, a wide track body with flared wheel arches, a surprising subtle roof spoiler, massive 22-inch rolling stocks, and a nod to the brand’s glorious rally achievements in the 60s, upright windscreen wipers and black X on its elliptical headlamps. Continue reading MINI Joins the Vision Gran Turismo Bandwagon, Lets You Take Clubman Vision GT for a Virtual Spin

MINI Heads into the Open Water with the World’s First MINI Surfboard

MINI has taken to the sea, but not with an amphibious vehicle as one might have guessed. It now has a surfboard to its name and mind you, that’s a fully working surfboard that we are talking about. Not a concept. Not a prototype. Which is an awesome thing because we hate reading about stuff that we can’t enjoy or buy even if we don’t have the intention of buying. It just feel good to know it is a real thing and not something that sits in the archive and fades into oblivion. Developed by Christopher Weil, head of MINI exterior design and pro surfer Kalani Robb, and working with California-based Channel Islands Surfboards, the world’s first MINI surfboard is not mini in size though. In fact, it is a regular size board blessed with a little bit more volume and armed with low rocker for agility and fast feeling, just like its land-going MINI automobile has been offering. Continue reading MINI Heads into the Open Water with the World’s First MINI Surfboard