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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stealth Crook? Not!

What thief takes a highly recognizable Polka Dotted MINI then uses it to search the city to allegedly steal bicycles? As Philadelphia's NBC News 10 reports, this one:

PistonHeads Gets A New MINI Cooper S JCW

PistonHeads' Danny Milner just took delivery of a new MINI Cooper S JCW Automatic and concludes his initial review:
Against all the odds, the JCW and I have got off to a good start. Looks aren't everything and character still counts for something, it seems (it's what I keep telling the missus). But, I still have some question marks. The grip from the run-flat Pirelli P7 Cinturatos hasn't inspired so far, particularly in the wet, and the steering is demonstrating MI5 levels of secrecy about what's happening beneath the front wheels. With a trip up to Scotland on the cards, I'll have much more opportunity to explore the capabilities of the hottest Mini yet. I'm looking forward to it, and judging by the pulsing red lights around the enormous circular central screen, so is the Mini.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The New MINI JCW Has A Magic Button

autoevolution looks at the new MINI John Cooper Works hatchback video review below from TheFastLaneCar.com and found:
The guys from The Fast Lane Car are amongst the lucky, first ones to take this new beauty out for a spin and they found something nobody said a word about up until now. The press release left it all out and not one official spoke about it.

We’re talking about a remote control, a magic button if you will. What it does is add character to the car by opening up a flap in the exhaust. Now, this kind of technology is not new, not by a long shot.

As a matter of fact, we’ve seen it on various custom, aftermarket exhaust for some time now, but it is a rare sight to have it installed as stock by a manufacturer. I guess that if we had to have a trendsetter in this regard, it’s only befitting that it’s MINI.

MINI Motoring School With Miles Ahead

Monday, July 27, 2015

MINI Top-Scoring Non-Premium Brand In 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study

Automotive News reports on the survey and notes:
The upper echelon of the J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study was dominated by luxury brands. Porsche was followed by Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Mini, the top-scoring non-premium brand, was led by a strong launch of the Cooper. Mini, which had two segment wins with the Cooper and Countryman, rose five spots in the rankings to 11th place with a score of 825 on a 1,000 point scale -- an industry-leading 30-point gain from 2014.

Maybe This Is Why The MINI CVT Wasn't Great


[Source: via dailymotion]

Friday, July 24, 2015

The New MINI Challenge F56 Driven At Brands Hatch

WardAuto Looks At The 2015 MINI 1.5 Litre 3 Cylinder Engine

WardsAuto does an in depth technical review of the new engine and fires off this assessment:
. . . . It helps that this one essentially is half of BMW’s award-winning 3.0L turbocharged straight six and, as such, inherits the suite of state-of-the art technologies that make BMW’s latest-generation 4- and 6-cyl. engines (all with common 0.5L cylinder displacements) so deservedly acclaimed. That TwinPower technology package includes twin-scroll turbocharging, direct fuel injection, dual Vanos variable camshaft control on both intake and outlet sides and Valvetronic fully variable valve control.

The engine also is compact and lightweight – ideal for transverse front-drive applications – with its forged steel crankshaft, aluminum block, weight-optimized pistons, vibration-damping countershaft, a map-regulated oil pump and a mechanical coolant pump that also supports the alternator and HVAC compressor. Its turbocharger is integrated into the exhaust manifold for compactness and a short exhaust-gas path, and fuel injectors are positioned centrally between the valves, right next to the spark plugs. . . .

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MINI Takes Top Honors In 2015 Strategic Vision Top Quality Awards

According to Auto.ca:
. . . The latest is Strategic Vision’s 20th-annual Total Quality Awards, in which the organization names Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Volkswagen, and General Motors named as the industry’s top brands in terms of vehicle quality and customer experience.

The Mini Cooper Roadster is the top-ranked individual model with 935 points, its title of best standard convertible one of six category wins for BMW, whose other winners are the i3 (best near-luxury alternative powertrain car), BMW 3 Series Touring (Luxury multi-function car), Mini Cooper Countryman (tied for specialty coupe with the Dodge Challenger, which leads us to think they meant the Paceman), BMW X4 (near-luxury utility), and BMW X5 for luxury crossover. . . . .

JCW Is To MINI What AMG Is To Mercedes Benz And M Is To BMW

That sums up what Keshy Dhillon thinks in her review of the New MINI Cooper S JCW published in The Sun Daily.