In celebration of the launch of the Mini Cooper Clubman in the Chinese market, Mini has chopped the back half off a handful of cars so they can be converted into rickshaws. The German built Mini’s were converted to rickshaws in Hong Kong, and then the ’rickiMINI’ was taken to Beijing to "bring good luck" to the Beijing Olympics. Mini is no doubt trying to capitalize on the global spotlight placed on Beijing with the current Olympic games.
The Life Ball MINI Clubman was auctioned on eBay for €45,000 to raise funds for AIDS research. For the last four years, MINI has provided the Life Ball charity with a special one-off model, each designed by an edgy artist.
This year, the MINI Clubman came dressed like a burlesque bedroom on wheels thanks to Agent Provocateur’s founder, Joseph Corré. Available video includes shots of the MINI’s re-design by Agent Provocateur, views of the photo shoot with the Mini and Agent Provocateur models, and soundbites from Joseph Corré.
After last week we presented you the AC Schnitzer ACS1 Convertible based on the Bmw 1-Series Convertible , the Bmw tuning house unveiled its customized Mini Clubman . In order to provide better dynamics the tuner fitted the vehicle with new spring kit, a new front spoiler, new side skirts and a rear roof spoiler.
The real surprise of the car comes from the hood or more exactly from under the hood where the engine of the car with the help of AC Schnitzer engineers delivers 226 hp and 285 Nm of torque.
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If you’re a fan of the French Chateaux you’ll definitely like the new Mini Clubman Chateau by Aznom, the well-known French coachbuilder. Based on the Mini Clubman , the vehicle reveals the elegance of the Grands Chateaux but also a really special trunk with 6 bottles found in some specially created places which suggest the idea of a wine cellar.
The most spectacular thing about the new vehicle is the interior due to the fact that it features aged leather and Alcantara. Also the exterior received a special sandy/gold metallic paint for the top and pearly-changeable brown for the rest of the car. The vehicle will be built in limited edition of just 12 exclusive units featuring numbered labels with the name of the owners. No word about the price yet!
Press release after the jump!
Mini will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the John Cooper Works Cooper and Clubman. The MINI John Cooper Works will be available in Germany at a price of 27,700 Euros, the price of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will be 29,500 Euros.
The heart beating under the bonnet of each of the two new extreme sports cars is that of a racer. The 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection delivers 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) and develops its maximum torque of 260 Newton-metres (192 lb-ft US) between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm – by means of overboost the torque can actually be increased to 280 Nm. (207 lb-ft US). The power unit is based on the engine of the John Cooper Works CHALLENGE, which will see its premiere at the MINI CHALLENGE 2008. It accelerates the MINI John Cooper Works in 6.5 seconds from 0–100 km/h, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman manages the spurt in just 0.3 seconds more.
The maximum torque of 260 Nm ( 192 lb-ft US) is available even at an engine speed of 1,850 rpm and up to a level of 5,600 rpm. During acceleration, torque is raised to 280 Nm (207 lb-ft US) by means of a brief increase in boost pressure between 2,000 and 5,300 rpm. This overboost function gives the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman an even more powerful response. The engine reaches its maximum output of 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) at 6,000 rpm. The spontaneous response is also reflected in the car’s acceleration figures. The MINI John Cooper Works takes 6.5 seconds to accelerate from 0–100 km/h, the time required by the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is 6.8 seconds. Both have a maximum speed of 238 km/h.
Press release after the jump.
The 2008 MINI Clubman, an all-new addition to the MINI model line, is featured at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. With a little more room in the back and an innovative door configuration, the eagerly anticipated MINI Clubman defies convention in its concept and style. This all new addition to the MINI family will go on sale in the US February 16th, 2008 as both a Cooper and a Cooper S model. The MINI Cooper Clubman will be offered with a MSRP of $20,600, while the MINI Cooper S Clubman will come with a MSRP of $24,100. Both prices include a $650 Destination charge.
The charismatic Mini Clubman offers a striking variety of possibilities through its new, flexible interior. Despite its increased size, fascinatingly agile driving characteristics are still made possible due to the H&R spring kit, thus combining the look of an estate car with the feel of a go-kart under a well-proportioned body.
It seems that for both Mini and BMW the Detroit Auto Show will be about bringing diesel cars to US. After BMW has announced they will bring a diesel version of the X5 and the 3-series, Mini also announced they will bring a diesel version of the Clubman in Detroit: the Cooper D Clubman.
The 2008 MINI Clubman, an all-new addition to the MINI model line, has just made its North American debut today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, bowing to the audience most unconventionally, with its rear-end first! With a little more room in the back and an innovative door configuration, the eagerly anticipated MINI Clubman defies convention in its concept and style. This all new addition to the MINI family will go on sale in the US February 16th, 2008 as both a Cooper and a Cooper S model. The MINI Cooper Clubman will be offered with a MSRP of $20,600, while the MINI Cooper S Clubman will come with a MSRP of $24,100. Both prices include a $650 Destination charge.