Mini

Mini is an iconic British brand that produces small city cars, convertibles, and city SUVs with a clear sporty edge. Since Mini is owned by BMW, all Mini cars heavily rely on technology conceived by BMW engineers. Mini cars also cherish a rich history and heritage that shaped the British automotive landscape in the second half of the 20th century. When Sir Alec Issigonis proposed a design for a small people’s car to the British Motor Corporation in the late fifties, he started an automotive revolution on a worldwide scale. Turning the engine layout from longitudinal to transverse position, installing a small gearbox next to it and linking it to front wheels freed up a whole lot of space in the back. This layout provided a perfect platform for the creation of the small family car that later becomes the Mini.
In the Nineties, BMW bought the company and started working on the production version of a new Mini in 1998. Since it took over the company, it introduced several cars under the Mini brand name including the One and the Cooper, as well as crossovers such as Paceman and Countryman.

Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP

Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP

These two are not exactly direct rivals, but they’re both hot hatches priced similarly… hence this video

There’s no shortage of hot hatches on the market - in fact, the niche is becoming a rather cutthroat arena slowly but steadily. There’s also no doubt that two of its hottest representatives come from Honda and Mini, in the shape of the Civic Type R and the bonkers John Cooper Works GP. These two happen to make the subject of a recent comparo by Edmunds. Care to see which one came out on top?

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Mini JCW GP3 F350 by Manhart

Mini JCW GP3 F350 by Manhart

This pocket rocket gets more oomph, the Manhart way

When you think about Manhart Performance, the first thing that pops up in your head is either a tweaked Audi, BMW, Mercedes, or Porsche. However, the company also does its magic on Lambos, Bentleys, and, well, Minis. Their latest work takes the already nippy Mini John Cooper Works GP to new heights in style.

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This Mini Cooper Shares a Mind-Blowing Detail With the Bugatti Veyron

This Mini Cooper Shares a Mind-Blowing Detail With the Bugatti Veyron

No, it’s not the engine, but you’re getting close

As you all know, the first Mini Coopers weren’t built with performance in mind. These cars had to be compact, offer decent storage options, and first and foremost, refrain from blowing a hole in the buyer’s budget.

At some point in time, BMW took over and the Mini got fatter, even more fun to drive, and nicer on the inside. Heck, some Minis even received feistier versions badged John Cooper Works. But not even those can compare to the sheer madness that hides inside this little rocket tuned by California-based Gildred Racing.

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2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery

2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery

The Mini Cooper is now electric but it’s not without compromise

Mini is attempting to take the electric car market by storm, and it’s doing so with the 2020 Mini Cooper EV – a model that Mini claims it already has 15,000 orders for on the U.S. market alone. It comes with a 32.6 kWh battery that Mini says is good for 168 miles of range – a figure that’s considerably lower than the competition The Nissan Leaf +, for example, offers up 226 miles while the Chevy Bolt delivers 238 miles.

Range aside, the Mini Cooper EV has a single electric motor that’s good for 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Mini claims it’ll hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, so highway merging should be simple enough, but top speed is limited to 110 mph.

The interior isn’t all that different from the standard Cooper, but it does come with the 6.5-inch navigation system. There’s also a new “Dynamic Digital Instrument cluster” with a digital speedo and new indicators for charge level and range. Overall, however, the Cooper EV is a mini through and through.

As far as charging goes, there’s going to be a little bit of compromise. If you use the standard charging cable that Mini considers “occasional” and plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet, you’ll get a full charge in 24 hours. Us the TurboCord and a 240-volt outlet, and you’ll get a full charge overnight or in about 8 hours. The Level 2 home charger, that you’ll undoubtedly have to pay for, gives you a full charge in about 4 hours. A DC public charger system will give you an 80-percent charge in 40 minutes, so you’ll at least be okay out and about.

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The MINI John Cooper Works GP Is Every Bit as Wild as We Thought It Would Be

The MINI John Cooper Works GP Is Every Bit as Wild as We Thought It Would Be

It’s the fastest and most powerful production MINI...ever!

MINI is in attendance at the 2019 Los Angeles with the 2020 John Cooper Works, the fastest and most powerful production MINI ever created. The souped-up version of the MINI John Cooper Works was built with performance in mind, delivering the kind of power and ferocity never before seen in a production MINI. The hot hatch also benefits from important aerodynamic upgrades, but it’s the introduction of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine — the most powerful engine ever fitted in a production MINI — that sets the 2020 John Cooper Works GP apart. Only 3,000 units of the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP will be built with each unit priced from $44,900. Deliveries of the 2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP begin in March 2020.

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I Saw the 2020 MINI Cooper S JCW GP at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Holy Mother of Hot Hatches (Well, almost)

I Saw the 2020 MINI Cooper S JCW GP at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Holy Mother of Hot Hatches (Well, almost)

The most extreme MINI yet looks impressive in person, even under light camo

One of the cars I was most eagerly looking forward to seeing at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed is the upcoming 2020 MINI Cooper S JCW GP. The automaker chose to have the car’s “dynamic debut” up the Goodwood Hillclimb but, when the car was not on the track, it was quietly sitting in the paddock looking like a touring car on road tires - I examined it closely and took a few closeup shots of the camouflaged pre-production prototype.

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Mini Announces the All-Electric Cooper SE and It's Already Irrelevant

Mini Announces the All-Electric Cooper SE and It’s Already Irrelevant

The SE has the looks, but not the specs to make a strong case for itself

The intrusion of electrification into the market has not just changed the mechanical dynamics of a car, but has also brought in a new design philosophy altogether. But, let’s be real here for a minute. If there was one car or brand from the current crop that can nonchalantly slip into EV clothes, it is the Mini Cooper. Automakers are adopting crazy-ass designs for their EVs that may or may not please consumers, but an electric Mini? It can’t have any haters; in the looks department at least. However, it looks like the car is dead on arrival because things look pretty only on the outside. Going by the initial impressions, I’d say Mini missed a huge opportunity to make a name for itself.

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2020 Mini Cooper EV

2020 Mini Cooper EV

Will it be a breakthrough car for Mini, or just another BMW i3 reincarnate?

Mini has officially entered the EV fray, and we have finally uncovered the proof. To be honest, Mini Cooper is one of the very few cars from the current combustion-engined crop that could slip into an EV avatar without any cosmetic changes. We have seen automakers going bonkers with the so-called ’futuristic’ designs with slim headlights, sharp cut lines, etc. But in contrast, the Mini Cooper gels well with those electric cars with its retro, rounded looks, and Mini seems to understand that. The 2020 Mini Cooper SE has been spotted sans camo doing some all-electric testing. This electric Mini is based on the Cooper S and looks largely similar to it albeit with a few minor changes. Will the retro-looking Mini Cooper SE make a name for itself in arguably the most competitive segment in the right now?

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You Must Check Out the MINI Lifestyle Collection for Kids

You Must Check Out the MINI Lifestyle Collection for Kids

You’ll want to take a closer look especially if you’re running dry on gift ideas

Any time is a good time to spend quality hours with your little ones but also the chance to spoil them with a present or two. Just don’t overdo it. On that note, here’s a tip: MINI launched its lifestyle collection and it’s filled with cool stuff for kids.

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The 2020 Mini Clubman Has a New Look

The 2020 Mini Clubman Has a New Look

It’s the same stylish wagon, but with new optional features and new transmissions

Mini just debuted a mid-cycle facelift for the Clubman. Introduced in 2015, the second-generation Clubman is already four years old, and it was about time for an upgrade. Be that as it may, the changes are mild inside and out, while the engines are identical. Yup... Typical Mini facelift here.

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2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2020 MINI John Cooper Works GP

The fastest Mini ever is just around the corner with maxi performance

Mini is a company that should be taken seriously when it sets about building a performance car. That’s why we stood up and listened when, late last year, we heard that the Mini Cooper JCW GP was coming back in 2020 after what will be a seven-year hiatus. Now, we’re seeing the first spy shots and, as you’d expect, it’s the Cooper JCW dialed up to 11 with some cues ported straight from the devilishly cool 2017 Cooper Works GP Concept. We want it now, together with its +300 horsepower!

Traditionally, the GP version of the Cooper Works is the ultimate performance model. In the past, John Cooper Works, which is long for JCW, built two GP models based on the previous two generations of the Mini. Of the last GP, which bowed out in 2014, only 2,000 examples exist, and just 500 were sold in the U.S., so expect the new model to also be a rare bird. Talking about birds, the GP will once again mark the swansong of the third-generation Mini Hatch with a new one coming soon.

Update 04/08/2019: We’ve managed to catch the 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP doing some last minute spring testing prior to its debut. Check out our latest spy shots and what we know in the spy shots section below.

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2019 MINI Cooper 5D hatchback with Sport Pack - Driven

2019 MINI Cooper 5D hatchback with Sport Pack - Driven

You can now get the current MINI Cooper in three distinct body styles: the traditional three-door, the Clubman wagon and, the most recent addition, the five-door hatchback (known as the four-door in the U.S.). It aims to offer additional practicality over the standard MINI, but at the same time avoid the slightly more utilitarian feel of the Clubman load lugger.

But is it really the best of both worlds - the sharpness of the smaller wheelbase MINI with some extra practicality but without any extra burden to carry? Well, yes and no, because while it is a very valid MINI product to consider buying, I don’t think it has quite enough going for it in order to win out over the three-door and the Clubman.

Don’t get me wrong. The five-door Cooper, with the Sport Pack fitted, is a hoot to drive. It has all the usual MINI traits that people just can’t get enough of, but out of all the models the lineup has to offer, I’d probably just ignore this one and just get the three-door. It has the sharpest handling, the lowest weight and, therefore, the best driving experience.

If you can’t live without four full-sized doors and don’t want the Clubman wagon, then buying the five-door Cooper can be a good compromise, as you’d be getting the modern MINI recipe, with a dash of extra practicality. The driving experience is very close to that of the three-door, and for most drivers that are not motoring journalists or driving enthusiasts (or both), the difference will feel nonexistent.

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