In this video we discuss the Mini Cooper SE and go through the logic of why it might be the ideal EV.
Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you’ll feel like you’re actually sitting in the driver’s seat.
David Brown Automotive has revealed Mini Remastered, Oselli Edition, a one-of-a-kind performance version of the celebrated city car. The highly tuned Mini Remastered, to be made on a limited production run of 60 cars to mark the first Mini launching in 1959, will be made in partnership with classic car performance specialist, Oselli.
Although designed first and foremost a city-friendly econobox, the original Mini began its transition into a rally icon when it caught the attention of John Cooper, a good friend of Alec Issigonis, the man behind the car’s brilliant design. Cooper had made a name for himself by dominating Formula One in 1959 and 1960 with his innovative rear-engined race cars so he was no stranger to engineering. Story has it he noticed the Mini’s potential as soon as Issigonis showed him a set of early design sketches.
Earlier this year Mini unveiled a design study that showcased what a next-generation drop top might look like, were the automaker to actually build such a car. Most pundits agreed that it was unlikely that the concept would amount to much more than a clay model, but if these patent images are any indicator, the Superleggera might just become a reality in a showroom near you very soon.
The hottest version of the third generation Mini Cooper is set to official debut next month at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but Australian site Car Advice has decided to beat them to the punch, revealing shots of the new car as well as some details on what the JCW treatment will entail.
When we got a chance to take the new Mini Cooper and Cooper S for a spin around the back roads of Puerto Rico earlier this year, we were slightly disappointed to learn that our time in the S model would not include a third pedal on the floor. Fortunately, this week we’ve got our hands on the Cooper S with the six speed manual gearbox, which is connected to a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that generates 184 horsepower and 201lb-ft of torque.
Now entering its third generation since the nameplate was brought back to market by BMW in 2000, the 2014 Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S now shares key engineering elements with front-drive BMW models coming to market later this year. While on the surface the new Mini may not appear significantly different from its predecessor, underneath the skin, the new Mini Cooper tells a different story.
Mini is launching the Connect Us app, which will play matchmaker for legions of single Mini owners. By measuring driving style through a second Mini app, called the Driving Excitement Analyzer, Connect Us can pair Mini owners with similar driving styles.
The Paceman could also function as the Mini for the driver who likes the idea of what the brand stands for, but wants something that isn’t such a huge divergence from the more mainstream cars they’re used to. We found this out when we traveled to Puerto Rico to test out the Cooper S and Cooper S All4 versions of the Paceman.
“Sometimes, we need to do things just to do them.” We imagine that was the discussion within the zany halls of Mini, when it was decided that the Anglo-German brand would send a modified Countryman to the town of Tignes, in the French Alps, in order for it to do a backflip. Publicity stunt, thy name is Mini.
In Acura’s television ads, the ILX is billed as offering a just-right blend of premium-brand luxury, fun, and down-to-earth practicality—a blend that, in Acura’s own words, invites drivers to “move up (without) settling down.” Given this, one might assume the ILX Tech Hybrid would fit roughly the same mold, but with a distinctly energy-efficient “green” twist, and to a certain extent it does just that.