Archive for the ‘MINI’ Category

2016 MINI Clubman leaked photos

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The new MINI Clubman is due for its official launch in the next 24 hours but a French MINI dealer has pulled le trigger a little early and the result is this selection of leaked photographs. As is MINI’s style there’s not a lot of change externally from what we saw in the 2014 concept […]

A jet powered MINI, what could possibly go wrong?

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A jet powered MINI on a mildly moist Snetterton race track. It’s all fun and games until the first corner comes along! Thankfully, it appears, the driver emerged unscathed from his fuselage. [Source: Mattzel89]

VIDEO: F56 MINI JCW reviews

Filming and committing a car review to video for the world to see would be much harder than it looks. For one there’s critical people like me willing to cut you down while having no comparable experience. And so, here’s two video reviews for the new 170kW/320Nm MINI JCW that we’re not too sure about. […]

VIDEO: Episode 9 of Project Binky

You eagerly wait months for an update on the extremely cool Project Binky, then go away for a few weeks and miss the latest episode. Don’t you hate that. Fear not, because here is Episode 9 now. Yes, nine episodes are behind us and we’re still looking at an empty shell! But, as you’ll see […]

MINI is going to make a MINI again!

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Good news, MINI is going to make a new model that isn’t an overbloated triumph of marketing over engineering. Don’t get me wrong, I love the MINI brand, but in recent times BMW has found new ways to extract blood from its stone. But now, now, MINI is going to turn the Superleggera Vision into […]

VIDEO: 3rd-gen MINI Challenge car

MINI Challenge cars are very, very cool. Take one road-going JCW hardtop, rip its guts out and turn it into a bona fide racecar. Do that a few times over and put them all on a track and you have a recipe for fun and rubbing doors. The 3rd-gen MINI Challenge car is ready to […]

VIDEO: Episode 8 of Project Binky

Due to the recent inactivity on AUSmotive it’s clear we’ve been having fun and enjoying the festive season. Thankfully, our good pals Nik and Richard from Bad Obsession Motorsport have been working their arses off to bring you a new episode of Project Binky for your enjoyment. And it’s another ball-tearering episode too. Yep, a […]

The first video for the new MINI JCW

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MINI is a brand that is a triumph of marketing. That’s been the case since BMW bought the British icon over a decade ago. More often than not MINI’s marketing has been very good. There’s been a lot of hits and not many misses. Watch this video for the new JCW hatch, featuring skate guru […]

2015 MINI JCW details announced (official)

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MINI UK has quickly responded to the overnight leak of information for the new John Cooper Works hatch by publishing a short press release. You can see that after the break, along with more 2560px images. In side profile the new JCW looks pretty good and dare we say it, we’re even starting to soften […]

2015 MINI JCW details leaked

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Apparently MINI is not set to release details on its new John Cooper Works model until next week, but Australian media has reportedly led the way in giving the world an early look at what is the fastest MINI ever made. Here’s the key stats: 2.0 litre turbocharged engine 170kW between 5200–6000rpm 320Nm of torque, […]

Sadly the MINI JCW bodykit has been spied

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We really want to like the new MINI. But we’re finding it pretty hard to do, visually anyway. Yes, it drives well, but its looks aren’t getting any better. In the past the John Cooper Works bodykit (aka JCW aero kit) has made a nice visual improvement over the regular Cooper S bodywork. But not […]

VIDEO: Episode 7 of Project Binky

Here’s a great way to start your weekend, the latest episode of Project Binky! The focus of this episode is cooling and even a bit of consideration for modern day crash protection. Not to mention a critique of Jim Morrison’s  music career. As always you will be blown away by the engineering and level of […]

Schadenfreude isn’t supposed to be ironic

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Here at AUSmotive, despite generally being big fans of all things MINI, we think the F56 is, well, a little bit ugly. Over time we expect our dissatisfaction with its design will fade, but right now, we think those lower air intakes at the front of the Cooper S are just ghastly. Over in Germany, […]

Rocketman could be set for relaunch

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The little Rocketman concept is the coolest thing MINI has made in recent memory and it’s a real shame we’ve not really had much to report on in the last couple of years. That’s all changed in the last few days, thanks to a report from Auto Express. We were big fans when the original […]

For the Love of Cars

Awww, look at that Mk1 Mini. Even in that battered state it’s just delightful! It’s a Cooper, too. How can you not love that car. Imagine if it was restored into a condition that was even better that the day it rolled off the factory floor. Thanks to the UK television series For the Love […]