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The 2002 Mini Cooper S is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with an output of 163 horsepower — a pretty high number for such a tiny car. That said, why be satisfied with just one 1.6-liter engine, when you can have two?

Like this particular Mini Cooper, which was prepared by Jacques Andres and reviewed in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. This car was specially designed to run the 25 Hour of Thunderhill Endurance Race and is powered by two 1.6-liter, supercharged four-cylinders sending power to all four wheels.

The two engines develop a total of 500 horsepower and each engine can be operated individually, or simultaneously, but each needs to be started separately.

Check out the video to see what Jay Leno thinks about this very cool Mini Cooper. As usual he pushed the car to its limits to see how good it really is.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah took the 2014 Mini Cooper Works GP to the Silver State Classic — an open road challenge in the Nevada desert — to see just how good the GP really is.

According to Matt, he was excited about the idea, but in the end the experiment didn’t go too well, because the organizers wanted them to go relatively slowly, and when driving a Mini GP, the only thing you can do is go fast as hell. So, check out the video to see what happened in the end and how fast the GP really is.

As a reminder, the GP is powered by a modified 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 218 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 191 pound-feet of torque from just 1,750 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 150 mph.

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Just yesterday, Mini unveiled the new-generation Cooper and it looks like engineers are already out testing another variant of the lineup: the Cooper Clubman . Our spy photographers managed to catch it, while being towed to a test facility.

Just like with the standard Cooper , the new Clubman will grow in all directions and will feature regular rear doors on both sides. What will remain unchanged are the two access doors to the cargo area, which is not necessarily a good thing, but it does give the Clubman a unique look.

As for the engine lineup, the Clubman will carry the same engines from the standard Cooper, including the three-cylinder engine and the usual four-cylinder in the Clubman S. The diesel version, which will likely not make it to the U.S., will also get a three-cylinder engine. All the engines will mate to a standard six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic transmission offered as an option.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman.

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The new-generation Mini Cooper is set to break cover on November 18th, 2013 the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Motor Show . While waiting for the official details to hit the wire, have a look at the first images of the convertible version that our spy guys caught today while touring Munich on the back of a flatbed truck.

Just like the hatchback version, Mini will build the new Cooper Convertible on BMW ’s new front-wheel-drive platform, dubbed the UKL. This platform will also have the duty of holding up the upcoming 1 Series GT . This new platform will feature lightweight technologies from BMW’s i series, and it will offer electronically adjustable dampers, so drivers can dial in the suspension for their particular driving style.

As usual, the new Cooper Convertible will come in two version, with the base model featuring a 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder engine rated at 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The upscale Cooper S — the model shown in the spy shots — will feature a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder good for 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

The new Mini Cooper Convertible is set to hit showrooms sometime in 2015 — likely a year after the hatchback model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper Convertible.

MINI has always been an out-of-the-box kind of company, and anytime it can try out something new, it won’t hesitate to do so.

The upcoming debut of the third-generation MINI Cooper was the perfect opportunity for MINI to do something really unique and true to form, it’s going to do just that.

Specifically, MINI will give three lucky people the chance to attend the new Cooper’s unveiling on November 18th at any one of three locations around the globe where it will make its debut: Los Angeles, London or Shanghai.

Getting a chance to put your name in the lot is pretty easy. All you need to do is head over to the new Cooper’s dedicated website, follow the instructions, and you’re one step closer to being chosen as one of the lucky few to get an up-close look at the next-generation Cooper.

And in case you don’t get chosen, don’t feel too bad because the new Cooper will make its public debuts soon at both the Tokyo Motor Show next month and the Los Angeles Auto Show before the end of the year.

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Jethro Bovingdon from the British magazine EVO wanted to find out what the best track car of 2013, so he made a test that included some of the coolest cars out there: the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am , Caterhan Seven 620R , Radical RXC , BAC Mono , Litchfield Subaru BRZ Spec S , Mini JCW GP , Supercharged Ariel Atom 3.5 and Porsche Cayman S .

The test was made at the Blyton Park and the result seems to be a little bit surprising. Of course, we will not ruin the surprise and will let you watch for yourself to see that car was declared "Track Car of the Year."

All we can tell is that you will be surprise to see that the Cayman S was just a couple of seconds behind the 380-horsepower Radical RXC, which, by the way, weights only 900 kilos (1,984 pounds).

Enjoy the video and trust us it worth spending half an hour watching it!

Mini Cooper

We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the 2014 Mini Cooper , and we’ve even seen leaked imaged. Heck, we even had Mini officials complaining that leaked images didn’t represent the newly redesigned models properly. Well, Mini is now starting the flow of next-gen information by releasing a very in-depth presser that outlines the chassis, engine and safety updates to the soon-to-be-revealed models.

This press release, which dropped late last night, confirms that the new Mini models will feature three- and four-cylinder powerplants, ranging from a petite 1.5-liter, three-banger up to a 2.0-liter, four-pot that nearly reaches the 200-horsepower mark. Along with these new engines will comes an all-new driveline that will help deliver increase fuel economy across the range.

The chassis will also get some nice refinements that will offer up precision handling and a comfortable ride all at the same time.

Click past the jump to read more about the next-gen Mini technology

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While we are waiting for Mini to finally unveil the 2014 Cooper , the company decided to come up with a pretty cool concept car that previews the new model. The concept is called "Vision" and it is based on a virtual 3D hologram.

The new Vision concept features an evolutionary design that combines classic styling cues with a "future-focused aesthetic and technical innovations." Alongside an innovative design language, the new Vision Vision concept features interactive gadgets, such as the Driving Experience Control switch, which offers a glimpse of what the future will bring for Mini models. The concept also features a sweet Glamorous Gold paint finish that we’ve never seen before on a Mini model.

Mini unveiled the new Vision concept at today’s MINI Design@Home event with Chief Designer Anders Warming. The production version is expect to arrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

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You gotta love MINI . The German automaker has never been the type to follow convention and for the most part, that’s been one of its most endearing qualities.

And true to form, it managed to outdo itself yet again with the presentation of its Getaway Cars series just in time for the summer season. One of these cars, called the Cowley Caravan, might just want to make you pack up your bags and head out to the woods for the weekend.

Named after the historic Cowley factory that is now known as Plant Oxford, the Cowley Caravan offers those weekend warriors a luxurious overnight solution to make those camping trips a truly memorable experience. The teardrop-shaped trailer will undoubtedly turn some heads but what’s inside it will definitely make some mouths drool in the process.

Among the features inside the caravan include a pair of comfortable sleeping berths, a twin-burner gas stove, and - get this - its own water tank that comes complete with pump and sink facility.

There’s also an on-board batter that can be charged by a solar module and a 230-volt connection that allows you to get the fridge up and running. And for entertainment, the Crowley Caravan also has a TV/DVD and some audio equipment to ensure that your weekend camping trip won’t go without you wishing you were back at home.

Talk about the ultimate camping experience, MINI has all your needs in spades - and then some.

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A few days ago, we brought you some spy shots showing thenext-generation Mini Cooper wearing less camouflage than ever. Today, we get a good look at the Cooper S version to start stripping.

Our spy photographers caught the Cooper S testing on the public roads in Germany , and just like with the standard Cooper, it has started showing the front bumper, redesigned headlights, and the new taillight graphics.

The next Mini Cooper will be built on BMW’s new UKL platform that will also be shared with the next-generation BMW 1 Series and will be offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions. For the first time, Mini will offer a new family of three-cylinder engines, along with the usual four-cylinder ones.

The new-generation Mini Cooper will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . For the first time, the Cooper will be offered in ten different body versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Mini Cooper.


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