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Friday, May 29, 2015

NORCAL MINIS' Doug Bennett Featured In MotorWerks Magazine

NORCAL MINIS' Member is featured in MotorWerks Magazine Volume 4, Issue 2, about his experience at MINI's Miles Ahead Motoring School.

MINI Gumball 3000 Rally Contestant Tony Hawk In San Francisco

CBS San Francisco Bay Area informs the contestants involved in the Gumball 3000 supercar rally from Stockholm to Las Vegas are gathering in San Francisco:
Tony Hawk was in one of the first teams to arrive Wednesday night. Hawk’s team piloted a Mini Cooper, while most racers stuck with exotic supercars like Ferraris, Paganis, and DeadMau5’s McLaren P1.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

VW Dominates WRC Rally de Portugal

www.Crash.net reports Volkswagens finished 1,2,3 at the WRC Rally de Portugal.  The top finishing MINI Cooper S2000 was driven by Valeriy Gorban and he came in 18th, over 24 minutes off the pace.

The Good, Bad And Lowdown On The MINI Cooper

AutoSpies.com provides this assessment of the new base MINI Cooper in its comprehensive review:
The Good:

- Now the standard Cooper comes with an excellent turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder motor — power is ample
- Great sound that sets it apart from other small cars that feature buzzy and bassy engines
- Since there's not an overwhelming amount of power, torque steer is non existent and the Cooper's handling will astonish you.

The Bad:

- Although the suspension has made strides compared to previous Coopers, it still is not by any means comfortable — city driving can be punishing
- It is a MINI so don't expect its backseat to comfortably transport four adults over long distances
- Reliability is a concern that would remain on my mind if I were an in-market consumer looking at a MINI — the company's history does not bode well but we'll have to wait and see the data with this generation product

The Lowdown:

In the small car class, the all-new MINI Cooper makes an especially strong case for itself. Now equipped with an excellent motor, I am going to go on a limb here and say that it is actually the better pick between the standard car and the Cooper S. Sure the S has more power but it sounds so so and you get torque steer with your helping of added power. Personally, I'll pass. Two anecdotes that really bring home how good the all-new MINI is: 1) After driving the all-new Volkswagen Golf, to me it's VERY clear that VW whiffed on the MKVII Golf. And, 2) if I had not invested so much in my daily driver, a MKVI Golf, I'd probably be looking into swapping it out for a standard Cooper. Yes, it's that good.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Personalize Your New Ride With MINI Badge Flair

The Motor Report says MINI is offering to new buyers personalized MINI Badges that announce the name of your MINI ride.

2015 MINI 4-Door Gas Mileage Review

Green Car Reports provides written analysis on the fuel economy of the 4-door.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The 2015 JCW MINI Pro Tuning Kit

love:mini provides written commentary and this video that covers what you get.

What Has Gert Hildebrand Been Up To?

According to MotoringFile the former Head of MINI Design is now Vice President of Design for Chinese automotive manufacturer Works and introduced this concept SUV at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.