MINI Sport Pack
Feb10

MINI Sport Pack

As well as the hot new Cooper SD, MINI are offering a Sports Pack on all MINI hatchback and convertible models. The Sport Pack brings some of the styling features from the top-of-the-range John Cooper Works models and sticks it on the lower performance models. Ordering the Sport Pack adds a unique front and rear apron with black detailing, horizontal slats on the fog lamp surrounds and a honeycomb mesh over the main air intake. The...

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MINI Cooper SD
Feb10

MINI Cooper SD

There’s a new diesel-powered hot hatch on the way, and for fans of the black stuff it should be a good one – it’s the MINI Cooper SD, powered by a 2.0-litre unit from parent company BMW. The new engine is available in all of the body shapes that Mini currently offer (hatchback, convertible, Clubman and Countryman) and gives the Cooper 143bhp and the promise of lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. As...

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Russ Swift + Mini Cooper = Cunning Stunts
Dec15

Russ Swift + Mini Cooper = Cunning Stunts

There’s not been a huge amount of newsworthy info about the Mini recently, other than a midlife facelift and a few engine tweaks. So what do you do if you work in the PR department and it’s been a slow month? Make a video and try to get it to go viral! So here’s the legendary Russ Swift doing what he does best – pulling stunts in a Mini. It’s predictable stuff, but great fun all the same. How I wish I was...

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Mini Cooper D Will Be Road Tax Free
Jul26

Mini Cooper D Will Be Road Tax Free

The diesel engines in the Mini are due for an update this September and if you like your hatchbacks to be cheap to run then you’ll appreciate the Mini Cooper D. BMW are ditching the PSA-sourced 1.6-litre diesel and replacing it with one of their own engines. Sourced from the BMW 116D but with a slightly reduced capacity, the new engine gives the Mini One D 89bhp while the Cooper D benefits from 110bhp. Both engines return...

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Electric Mini E Tackles Nürburgring
May14

Electric Mini E Tackles Nürburgring

BMW’s electric Mini E has so far proven to be a big hit on trials in various cities, but now the battery powered has been taken out to the countryside to stretch its legs. The bit of countryside in question was none other than the Nürburgring Nordshcleife, with BMW intent on seeing just how quickly the Mini E could lap the 13-mile course. However, the car was far from standard. It was first subjected to a series of...

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2010 Minis Get More Power
Jan29

2010 Minis Get More Power

Mini has been hard at work improving their engines for 2010 and the results look good. By fitting BMW’s Valvetronic system Mini have been able to increase the power of their petrol engines while lowering emissions and fuel consumption. The turbocharged 1.6-litre fitted to the Mini Cooper S gets the most from the upgrade. A new twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and the Valvetronic system all help to increase power...

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