Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Just a few days ago we heard that the Paceman would likely not live on past the current generation. Now we heard from a very reliable internal source that it may do that and grow to accommodate more utility.
Speaking of the Countryman MINIs is planning on making the 2nd generation heavily influenced by the Dakar-winning competition car as a more ruggedly styled crossover. The Paceman on the other hand will be more urban oriented in design and feel decidedly more sporty.
If this news is correct (and this source typically is), the Paceman will join the five door hatch, Clubman and Countryman as the fourth [sic] four door MINI.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Irish Times is euphoric over the ride and handling of, and new three cylinder engine in, the new MINI Cooper D hatchback. It concludes:
Still, as I said, on the right road – magic. Fun. Full of character. Better in terms of quality and refinement than before. You do have to dig a little deeper to find the old Mini spirit, but it’s worth breaking out the shovel for.
WorldCarFans looks at Russian tuner TopCar's new tweak, the "Bully," for the R56 MINI Cooper S. According to the article:
It starts out with a full exterior body kit encompassing a redesigned front bumper, front & rear fender extensions, two-piece side skirts, an aluminum radiator grille and a rear bumper apron with diffuser. These add-ons have a lacquered finish and the entire package costs 4,375 EUR.
For an additional 592 EUR the tuner is also offering a Remus rear silencer with exhaust tips, while the 18-inch forged wheels with tires are an extra 2,500 EUR. Opt for the Brembo drilled front brake rotors and the bill is raised by 2,375 EUR.
They collaborated with Mansory for revamping the interior with Nappa leather, green carbon fiber accents and crocodile leather and headrests. All these cabin upgrades will set you back a whopping 7,000 EUR.
Live, Life, Drive. Wong writes, wrongly or rightly:
Even with a short drive of around 60km on both the Cooper and Cooper S each, we can tell that the MINI is a much more grown up car than before. It is more comfortable, spacious, feature-packed, and fitted with an interior that looks mature rather than overly-styled. And yet when driven, it still oozes that charm and character that made the MINI name so endearing through multiple generations. It is still the icon that it has always been.
The new third-generation MINI Cooper and Cooper S made their Malaysian debut last week with prices starting at RM178,888 for the Cooper and RM228,888 for the Cooper S. Both the Cooper and Cooper S would be making its public debut over the “MINI Weekend” which will be held at all eight MINI dealerships nationwide on April 12 to 13