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After much teasing and prodding, Mini has finally dropped the covers off of the Mini Clubman Concept just in time for the Geneva Motor Show .

Mini says that a production version is set to follow, but the way we see it, why doesn’t the company just consider this ready for production?

It’s got all the elements of a fancy Clubman, complete with all the trims and typical Mini styling that has been a hallmark of the company’s identity. There are two powertrain options, which is more than what others can offer, yet it feels like the Clubman deserves more than a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine.

Maybe that’s where the Clubman S comes into the picture? We’re not going to jump the gun on anything, but judging by the Clubman Concept , it’s easy to get a little excited about what Mini has in store for this model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Clubman Concept.

What you’re looking at above is one of ten examples of a specially-designed Mini Cooper created by fans of the German marque.

So why are these designs relevant? Well, one of them will be built by Mini as a special-edition model.

All ten of these Mini Coopers, each with custom graphics and special accessories, are going to be part of a special promotion by Mini wherein fans will be given a chance to vote for their favorite design on a dedicated website. Best hurry, though, because the deadline for votes ends today.

Whichever design gets the most votes will be announced at the New York Auto Show on April 16th before Mini goes back to its design lab and builds 56 models of the winning design.

Now that we’ve gotten the specifics out of the way, here’s our three finalists: the Tron-inspired design, the white Cooper with an intricate blue dragon graphic, and the orange Cooper with the tiger on the roof. The last one may be a little tacky for some, but hey, it’s going to definitely stand out, right?

As for our favorite, the Tron Cooper gets our vote.

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

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Mini Cooper 5-Door

With the new-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop the boys and girls at Mini are finally creating the one body style everybody asked for and never got; a five-door hatch. We have spy shots of this new, more practical Mini undergoing some cold-weather testing. To get the extra doors on the Cooper, the car has been stretched slightly and the traditional flat rear gate now has a slope to it.

It is important to note that this is not a replacement for the Clubman . This is an entirely new model based on the standard Cooper Hardtop. The Clubman will be getting a true replacement in the coming year.

Powertrain options for the five-door should be identical to the standard three-door. The same goes for transmission choices. That means a pair of turbocharged gasoline engines, and customers across the pond will also get a diesel engine.

To find out the rest of the details on the new five-door Cooper, hit the jump.

With a new Mini comes a new John Cooper Works. Mini showed off a concept version of the new JCW at Detroit , but now we have the first photos of the new machine out doing some winter testing in Sweden.

The car seen here is missing some of the Works body kit, namely the rear bumper, side skirts and wheels, but the massive brakes with their bright red calipers give this car away. If you needed more proof, the large center mounted exhaust has been a hallmark of the JCW line for years now.

When the car finally goes on sale, we expect it to look nearly identical to the concept version that was shown in Detroit .

Based on the all-new third-generation Cooper Hardtop , the latest John Cooper Works model is expected to be powered by an uprated version of the current four-cylinder turbo with around 230 horsepower. That will make the latest JCW the most powerful mini ever to hit mass production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.

The Mini Cooper Roadster is one of the oddballs in the Mini family. It takes the exact same platform as the base Cooper and Cooper Convertible but it tosses two seats in favor of a more traditional trunk to create a two-seat open-top joyriders toy.

Thanks to the loss of seats, the Roadster is lighter than its Convertible platform mate and therefore more entertaining to drive.

When it lost the seats and that square profile, it didn’t lose its Mini heritage. The classic Mini proportions and design cues are all present, and to our eyes the Roadster looks even better than the Coupe and Convertible cars.

Just like almost every other Mini in the lineup, the new Roadster is offered in standard, S and John Cooper Works trim levels with varying levels of performance and equipment.

What does the Mini Roadster have that gives it an edge over the six other Mini body styles you can take home from your local dealer.

Click past the jump for all the details.

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Mini has already announced big plans for the future, including new models, an expanded lineup and new engines as just a few of the targets set by the company. As proof that Mini engineers were hard at work to make the next-gen Cooper as great as it could be, our spy photographers caught the new Cooper out and about testing on many occasions. With all of the testing in the book, the new Mini Cooper has finally made its official debut today.

At a first glance, it appears that the new Cooper is very similar to the previous generation, but it received a more aggressive design language, a more sharply steeped A-pillar and a wider grille, along with other changes. Mini built it on BMW’s all-new UKL platform that it will also share with the next-generation 1 Series .

As for the engine lineup, Mini will offer a new family of three-cylinder engines, along with the conventional four-cylinder engines. These three-cylinder engines will also see use in the new BMW 3 Series model, known as the 316i.

Updated 11/18/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 01/30/2014: Mini USA revealed today prices for the new generation Cooper set to go on sale in the spring. Prices will start from $19,950 for the base Cooper model and from $23,600 for the Cooper S.

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

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Mini Cooper Clubman

We’ve already seen the official details on first versions of the new-generation Mini Cooper , but others are still out there testing. One of the models still in the testing phase, the Clubman version, was caught testing is the crisp air of Sweden.

Even though the prototype wears lots of camouflage, it’s pretty clear that the next Clubman will grow in size — just like the standard Cooper — and will have regular-size rear doors. What Mini didn’t change was the two-door setup for the cargo area, which is one of the many features that makes the Clubman so unique.

The 2015 Clubman will come with the same engine lineup as the base Cooper, which includes a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine for the base version and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine for the S version. In Europe, customers will also get a series of diesel engines to choose from.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini Clubman.

When Mini launched the next-generation Cooper last month (in two simultaneous auto shows, no less), it was only a matter of time before a John Cooper Works version would show its face.

But even our expectations were thrown for a loop after finding out that Mini wasn’t wasting any time with debut of the John Cooper Works Concept , which is now penciled to arrive at the 2014 North American International Auto Show .

Thinking about it now, it does make perfect sense because Mini always earmarks its major debuts for major auto shows, and the next one on the docket is Detroit this coming January.

More importantly, the buzz generated by the debut of the next-generation Cooper is still circulating to this day, and nobody likes to play around with ’buzz’ more than Mini.

So yeah, it makes perfect sense, if you really consider the circumstances.

Oh, and the Mini John Cooper Works Concept is all sorts of awesome. That, alone, should be worth an extra jolt of anticipation in time for its debut in Detroit in a month’s time.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Concept.

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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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