2015 MINI JCW hatch – Australian pricing & specs

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MINI Australia has released pricing and specification details for the new JCW hatch, which will go on sale locally later this month. And it is packed with standard kit! MINI JCW standard equipment (Australian market) 170kW/320Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo 18-inch light alloy wheels Dynamic Damper Control John Cooper Works Sports Seats LED headlights […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

MINI 5 door revealed

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It’s got 72mm more interior length, 61mm more elbow and shoulder room, plus 15mm more headroom and an extra 67 litres of luggage space. Oh yeah, and five doors. It’s the first ever MINI 5 door. The usual models have been announced for the launch, meaning the new MINI 5 door can be ordered in […]

Here comes the new MINI JCW

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The F56 MINI John Cooper Works has just been photographed in testing at the Nürburgring. We already know the new Cooper S has a bit of spunk about it and while we’re not mad keen on the styling of the next JCW, we do think the 170kW+ offered by its 2.0 litre turbo four should […]

Drive Thru: F56 MINI Cooper S

We’re unashamed MINI fans here at AUSmotive, especially the warmer versions. However, during the development of the F56 we became concerned that BMW was beginning to strip too much of the character away from the brand which has captured the imagination of hot hatch fans around the world since its relaunch in 2001. BMW’s first […]

MINI slashes Australian pricing for F56 introduction

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MINI Australia will be rolling out the new F56 range across the country this month and has announced it has slashed pricing compared with outgoing R56 models. “The new MINI receives the latest technology and features for a much higher level of refinement,” said MINI Australia GM, Kai Bruesewitz. “At the same time, we’ve retained […]

MINI officially announces VDL Nedcar production

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MINI has announced it will be building the new F56 MINI hatch at the VDL Nedcar plant in Born, the Netherlands. Plant Oxford will remain as the focal point for MINI production, with VDL Nedcar brought on board to provide additional capacity. “Contract production is a vital flexibility tool for us, and our experience gathered […]

The F56 MINI in detail

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The new MINI was revealed in November last year, but it’s just been give its full media launch. Which means you’ve got another chance to pore over details of the all-new F56 range. As is the norm these days the new MINI has grown and it’s now a little bit longer (98mm), a little bit […]