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MTTS 2016 Recap

MINI offers this official press release : Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 27, 2016- MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 (MTTS), the legendary two-week...


Friday, July 29, 2016

2017 AC Schnitzer MINI Cooper Cabrio JCW

Caricos hosts this press release on the AC Schnitzer version of the 2017 MINI JCW Convertible:
AC Schnitzer has been attracting attention for almost 30 years, and not just as a specialist for BMW tuning. The Aachen-based tuning specialist also offers custom-made and unusual components for MINI vehicles.

The Hatch, Clubman and Cabriolet by AC Schnitzer meet the wishes of the typical MINI driver for an individual, striking and expressive vehicle.

Expressivity on the road is provided by AC Schnitzer with performance upgrades which come with a two-year warranty, e.g. for the MINI Cooper from 136 HP to 170 HP. Sporting desires are fulfilled by the MINI Cooper S which, after the performance upgrade by the AC Schnitzer engineers, delivers 235 HP instead of 192 HP. The MINI JCW benefits from a power gain of 34 HP from 231 to 265 HP.

A striking note is provided by the exhaust system, available with or without sound pipe. Rear silencers with integral exhaust gas valve, tailpipes in "Sport" or "Sport Black" design, and "Track Mode" valve control with remote control for sound optimization, are an essential feature when MINI drivers want to express their individuality. The AC Schnitzer Racing exhaust system also comes in a particularly extrovert export version. Like all exhaust systems for the MINI, the origins of the striking sound are revealed with the AC Schnitzer "Sport" or "Sport Black" tailpipe.

The bodystyling components from the Aachen-based company provide a more individual look for enthusiastic MINI drivers. The aerodynamically efficient front splitter doesn't even need painting and is easy to install: thanks to its surface structure which precisely matches the standard wing recesses, the AC Schnitzer front splitter is always a perfect fit - whatever the colour of the base vehicle. Together with the d├ęcor set, the rear "Technology & Design" sticker and the rear skirt film, a great appearance is guaranteed.

The MINI by AC Schnitzer also stands out with expressive design in the interior. Aluminium pedals and footrest, together with velours floor mats also impress the passengers.

The AC Schnitzer range naturally also includes AC Schnitzer wheelsets based on the new AC1 BiColor or Anthracite alloys in 19-inch. These rims were specifically developed for the current generation of MINI with its modified pitch circle. They are fitted with tyres size 215/35 R 19 or 225/35 R 19 for the Clubman all round.

Together with the AC Schnitzer suspension spring kits (lowering by approx. 20–30 mm at the front, approx. 25-35 mm at the rear), the MINIs by AC Schnitzer are not only sure to drive safely through corners but will always be on the wish list of all MINI fans looking for a more individual, striking and expressive drive.

6,000 Summer Miles With The New Clubman

MotoringFile reflects on its 6,000 miles with the new MINI Clubman:
. . . Our Clubman is officially broken in and part of the MotoringFile family. And in all of those 6,000 miles we’ve had zero problems and nothing but a fantastic ownership experience. . . .

Test Drive Of The 2016 MINI JCW

Thursday, July 28, 2016

MTTS 2016 Recap

MINI offers this official press release:
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 27, 2016- MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 (MTTS), the legendary two-week cross-country rally for MINI owners and enthusiasts, came to an end this weekend at The Thermal Club in Palm Springs, Calif., after an epic 4,397 mile adventure that started at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 9th. Travelling through two national parks and eight race tracks, the biennial trek attracted a record 4,000 plus MINI owners over the two weeks, with more than 900 owners going “all the way”. At times the group swelled to more than 1,500 owners and 700 MINI vehicles of all shapes, colors and sizes.

Although the loyal MINI community never needs a reason to rally, this year they motored with a purpose. The group, with participants from all over the U.S. and around the world, took to America’s country backroads and freeways to #DefyHunger with charity partner Feeding America . By the time the rally had come to a close at the Thermal Club, the group had raised enough money to provide more than one million meals to help people facing hunger though their fundraising efforts, easily topping the initial goal of 800,000 meals.

“The turnout for MTTS 2016 was incredible and we could not be more proud of the MINI community for everything they’ve done to help us support Feeding America,” said Tom Noble, Department Head, MINI Brand Communications. “Our owners not only gained the support of their friends and family at home but they also engaged with people in the local communities along the route. Because of their efforts we are able to help Feeding America to get healthy food to where it’s needed most.”

The two-week adventure through 14 cities in 15 days kicked off with a team of parachutists who dove from planes 3,000 feet in the sky towards a fleet of MINI Convertibles filled with food donations, asking everyone in attendance to “jump in” to help #DefyHunger.

And that’s just what they did. “Hunger exists in every county in the United States, and it’s a reality for 48 million Americans who don’t know where they’ll find their next meal,” said Nancy Curby, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Feeding America. “It’s an issue that will not and cannot be solved unless we do it together, and we couldn’t be more grateful to see the support from MINI USA and their loyal community.”

Official press photos and b-roll from the entire 14-day event are available for download on MINIUSANEWS.com. Browse through a collection of amazing stories from the road captured by the MINI USA team on the MTTS 2016 Blog on MINIUSANEWS.com. Media interested in updates on MINI USA can also follow us on Twitter at @MINIUSANEWS.

About MINI in the US

MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 126 MINI passenger car dealers in 39 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of six unique vehicles.

About Feeding America Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Journalist notes: Media information about MINI and its products is available to journalists on-line at www.miniusanews.com. Follow us on Twitter at @MINIUSANEWS

Consumer information about MINI products is available via the internet at: www.MINIUSA.com.

Clubman ALL4 "Despite 4x4 Capability, The Car Is Not An Off-Road Vehicle"

U.K.'s Sunday Express reviews the new MINI Clubman ALL4 and has some nice things to say. However, reporter Craig Thomas opines:
. . . The big question, though, is whether the All4 adds anything to the Clubman’s on-road abilities. In reality, it actually takes a lot away. . . .

A Visit To MINI Plant Oxford

BMWBlog takes us on the tour and tells us all about it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Trip To Where The First JCWs Were Made

ars technica uk takes a new MINI JCW to the birthplace of the original JCW and provides a history lesson.on the moniker.

Autoweek Reviews The 2016 MINI Convertible

Autoweek associate editor Graham Kozak reviews the 2016 MINI Convertible and concludes:
. . . The Mini is a pleasant-to-drive machine that just so happens to be a ragtop wearing vintage-ish sheetmetal and optional bonnet stripes. I have a hard time believing that anyone in its target audience will care one bit that BMC never built a drop-top back in the 1960s. So, while I don’t see it stealing much thunder from the MX-5, it’s fairly well executed for what it is -- and after a sunny day’s drive, not quite as baffling as it first seems.

20 MINI Cooper JCW Pros For Malaysia

love:mini reports 20 MINI JCW Pros will be produced as a limited edition for Malaysia and discusses their unique features, including:
. . . Mechanical changes are made up of the inclusion of a JCW Pro tuning kit, which consists of a performance-optimised engine update and a valve silencer system (RM10,000). The package is good enough to boost output on the base B48 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine from 192 hp to 211 hp. Torque is also bumped up to 300 Nm from the standard 280Nm seen on the Cooper S 5 Door.

As for the exhaust flap system, this one offers two sonic modes. There’s Sport for a full sound to accompany everyday driving and Track, which offers backfire pops and cracking for added visceral appeal. Selection can be done wirelessly via two clicks of the Bluetooth 4.0 controller. Carbon tailpipe trim (RM3,000) apply a finishing visual touch. . . .

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not All MINI Drivers Are Good Drivers

PowerNationTV posts this video of a Tacoma, WA asshat MINI driver causing a major traffic accident. Come on people. There are other people on the Interstate. Don't be an asshat.