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Autocar UK is out of the gates with a short driving review of the new MINI Coupe JCW.

The review itself is a mixed bag with compliments given for the car’s steering and body rigidity as well as the unique interior and exterior elements. The mixed bag part comes in the fact that Autocar wasn’t a fan of the suspension as it was deemed to harsh.

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As MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD makes its European debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, MINI announces UK pricing for the stunning car which blends Rolls Royce luxury with the unmistakble MINI driving experience.

From 30th June 2011 customers will be able to place their order for one of just 1,000 MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD models priced at £41,000. The first of these unique cars will be delivered in March 2012.

MINI INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD is the result of an exceptional collaboration between MINI … CONTINUED

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More MINI Coupe news this AM, with the release of the first video of the car. A fresh new perspective is now available by seeing the car in motion. What do you think?

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MINI gives the small car segment another fascinating injection of variety with the presentation of the first two-seater in the brand’s current model range. The MINI Coupé represents the faithful transposition of the brand’s sporting DNA into a cutting-edge vehicle concept with a new interpretation of the super-compact sports car class; unrivalled handling agility and the best performance figures in the model portfolio.

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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Last week, MINI gave everyone a preview of the new Coupe with only light camoflage, but now, some intreprid photogs have caught the new coupe in the flesh, out of the factory and with no masking what-so-ever.

Everything here is as expected, which is a good thing. It means MINI stuck close to the script which was written back when the original concept first came out.

These two photos from CAR Magazine, show the sporty MINI with production paint and the typical MINI stripes, these extra features … CONTINUED

BMW Spyshot
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Last week, BMW made the announcement that £500 million would be directed towards it’s MINI brand plant in Oxford. Such a large investment would guarantee MINI’s homebase would stay planted in the UK.

MINI currently operates an assembly plant in Oxford, a pressing factory in Swindon and engine factors at Hams Hall.

The purpose of such a large investment is of course the next generation line of MINI vehicles. MINI has become a jewel in BMW’s portfolio, helping the company weather the recent financial storm. So its no … CONTINUED

MINI Coupe Preview

06/06/2011 at 9:00 AM
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MINI is expanding its product family with the launch of a model geared squarely to maximising driving fun.

The MINI Coupé indulges the keen driver with a level of agility unmatched in the small car segment, along with a unique body and interior concept and the brand’s customary commitment to premium levels of quality and equipment. The first two-seater in its line-up sees MINI not only breathe new life into its successful racing history but also provide a shot in the arm for the super-compact sports … CONTINUED

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The next generation MINI is slated to arrive for 2013 and these are the first photos of the new model, out and about undergoing initial public road testing.

The new MINI is being co-developed with parent company BMW, under the new chassis code F56 (moving away from the ‘R’ chassis which may be sold to SAAB). The F56 is part of BMW’s broader platform sharing strategy that sees this new MINI on the same FWD platform as certain BMW 1-Series variants and a rumored BMW Z2 roadster.

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BMW Spyshot
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Dean and Dan Caten, better known as the Canadian designer duo DSQUARED², unveil their exclusive Life Ball MINI 2011 in Vienna on May 21st. The twin brothers refashioned their MINI Cooper S to ensure that it would be armed for adventures of all kinds. Among its striking features are the front guard, rally headlamps, tinted side windows with grilles and the spare tyre on the tailgate. But that’s not all: the vehicle’s raised chassis and deep-tread all-terrain tyres instantly evoke a sense of adventure. When it … CONTINUED

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Wow, it seems the popularity of the MINI Goodwood, especially in markets such as China, has not been lost on the BMW/MINI Board.

Autocar.co.uk is reporting that MINI will use the Goodwood name for high end, highly customized versions of MINI vehicles. The Goodwood name refers to Rolls-Royce’s homebase in the United Kingdom and creates a link between the MINI Brand and the high end luxury and customization that Rolls-Royce is best known for.

The plan is to use The Goodwood name and elements across the entire MINI … CONTINUED

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Munich. MINI Connected gives drivers an even more intense experience of limitless driving fun, and allows that experience to be tailored to personal preferences and even shared with other users. Now the intelligent link-up of the driver, the MINI and the outside world has reached a new stage. The extended MINI Connected App gives Apple iPhone users access to innovative functions designed to enhance driving fun, entertainment and social networking. MINI therefore takes the lead once again in the intelligent link-up of the car with the … CONTINUED

MINI Cooper SD Range on Video

04/28/2011 at 8:00 AM
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The D in SD stands for Diesel. MINI for a short while now has had a Diesel variant of every model in the lineup. The engine in question is an environmentally friendly 2.0L turbo-diesel four cylinder which outputs 143 bhp @ 4000 RPM and a large amount of torque, 225 lb-ft to be exact. Thats more torque than other MINI variants! Whats different in the SD variant is the addition of the turbo charger, which packs a little more excitement into the standard D variant, which … CONTINUED

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MINI USA launches the “MINI Rocks the Rivals” competitive test-drive tour in the USA, and as part of the kickoff, MINI has partnered with legendary rock band KISS to raise money for UNICEF to help children in Japan and emergencies around the globe.

KISS band members made the announcement live as four MINI Countryman vehicles with KISS-inspired designs made their debut at the New York Auto Show, and each represents one of the KISS band member’s iconic faces. All four vehicles will be auctioned after being custom … CONTINUED

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With the release of the Fiat 500C to the US market this past weekend at the New York International Autoshow, it seems FIAT wants to enter into MINIs marketshare in the USA.

As you may or may not know, FIAT is starting its push into the US, bringing its highly acclaimed 500 to the states first, through select Chrysler group dealerships. Although the 500 is new to the USA, its not new in other parts of the world, the car debuted in 2007.

The Fiat 500 is a … CONTINUED

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The MINIe project is currently in a phase you could call, a long term real world field test stage. It is in fact the first EV produced by a major auto manufacturer and driven by private motorists on public roads, however, the car can only be leased for a 12 month period and then given back to MINI. The program was eventually extended to get more miles on the road with these cars.

Now we have a report via Plugincars.com of a MINIe owner who has gotten … CONTINUED

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For those of you that aren’t aware of it, SAAB has been undergoing massive financial disaster. This has seen the company sold off by GM into the hands of niche swedish car maker Spyker, who then subsequently sold off their own car making operations in order to keep SAAB afloat. They have even recently considered selling their production plants in order to pay off suppliers getting increasingly angry over unpaid bills.

Despite this, SAAB continues motoring on to put out new products, and they are putting a … CONTINUED

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The recently annouced MINI Goodwood, a MINI created by the craftsmen at Rolls-Royce is now being reported to arrive with a pricetag fitting of its pedigree, 50,000Euro or $72,000.

Whats more, even if you can afford the pricetag, there will only be 1000 copies produced.

The MINI Goodwood will certainly become MINIs most exclusive and high end model produced, you can read more about the goodwood and see all our wallpapers here: http://www.miniforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1284

Now this car exudes opulence with its rich materials, soft looking leather and distinctive colors. Its … CONTINUED