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Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

VIDEO



Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

VIDEO



Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



Baby You Can Drive Paul’s Aston And Ringo’s Mini 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, celebrities, Classics, MINI on 11 15th, 2017


If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr’s.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.

The Aston has passed through several hands since McCartney parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,

It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).

Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo Starr and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Richard Starkey (as Ringo was christened) had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.

Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2, but you can check out photos now (courtesy of Bonhams) in the galleries below.

Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper



2018 Mini Cooper S Facelift To Bring Important Updates Under The Bonnet 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Scoops, Scoops on 11 13th, 2017


Mini isn’t known for its brave facelifts and the same applies for the upcoming 2018 Hatchback; however the updated version will bring important changes under the bonnet.

It’s fairly obvious that the 2018 Mini five-door hatchback will change as little as possible in terms of its exterior. The miniscule amount of camo tape the company has applied to the prototype tells pretty much all the story. An updated motif for the lights all around is the biggest change you should expect, on the outside at least.

The Union Jack lighting signature of the rear lights, first seen on the JCW GP concept, looks like its heading to normal production, and that’s the visual highlight of the new model.

Under the skin however, Mini is busy updating its powertrains for better fuel efficiency and performance. The turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine found in the Cooper S for example is expected to have the exhaust manifold and turbocharger housed together in the cylinder head rather than being separate.

Cooper models fitted with the three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol unit will get turbos with aluminum casing while Mini will improve the cooling system across the range for lower CO2 ratings. Every variant is also expected to get a slight bump in its horsepower figure.

There’s also an unconfirmed rumor that talks about Mini working on its first dual-clutch transmissions, but that remains to be seen at the moment. Other revisions include the usual 2 or 3 new colors to the available palette as well as a few new wheel designs.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Mini Rides The Gulf Stream To SEMA With Ice Blue Edition, JCW Kit 31
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, SEMA show on 10 31st, 2017


Mini might not be the first marque that comes to mind when you think of SEMA. But the British automaker prides itself on its extensive range of customization options, and it's displaying some of those at the Las Vegas expo this year.
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Mini May Expand Range Beyond Five ‘Superhero’ Models 18
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in MINI, Reports on 10 18th, 2017


Mini has admitted that it is pondering the idea of extending its range of models next decade.
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Deep Orange 7 MINI Concept Isn’t Your Traditional Cooper 16
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, MINI, MINI Concepts, MINI Videos, video on 10 16th, 2017


Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research has unveiled the Deep Orange 7 MINI concept.
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BMW Close To Outsourcing MINI Production To China’s Great Wall 12
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, china, Great Wall, MINI, Reports on 10 12th, 2017


BMW is close to securing a deal with Great Wall that will bring manufacturing of the Mini brand to China.
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Mini Blackfriars Edition Brings The Spirit Of London To France 11
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in France, MINI, MINI Hatch, new cars on 10 11th, 2017


Mini is offering a new special edition model named after a district in London. Unfortunately, it's only available in France.
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Limited-Edition Mini 1499 GT Pays Homage To An Icon 11
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, MINI, new cars, Reports on 10 11th, 2017


The wraps have just been taken off a new limited-edition Mini dubbed the 1499 GT.
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Amazon Alexa Coming To All BMW, Mini Models From Mid-2018 27
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Amazon, BMW, MINI, Reports, Tech on 09 27th, 2017


BMW and Mini models will come with Amazon’s voice controlled personal assistant Alexa seamlessly integrated, starting from mid-2018.
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MINI Brand Value Now At $5 Billion, Worth More Than Ferrari 25
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in MINI, Reports, Study on 09 25th, 2017


Like few other vehicle brands, Mini represents a statement of personal style, something that has propelled the automaker's value to north of five billion US dollars.
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Updated Mini JCW Coming With New Hardware, More Power 18
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Scoops, Scoops on 09 18th, 2017


Mini may have wowed the crowds with its crazy-looking JCW GP concept but the more regular models are also getting ready to excite them with their planned facelift.
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MINI Sees An Electric Cooper Future In Its Crystal Ball 12
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, MINI, MINI Concepts on 09 12th, 2017


Just like most automakers, MINI is heading towards a zero-emission future, and opening this new chapter is the Electric Concept.
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