Mini Cooper Convertible Detroit world debut

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini Convertible reveal at Detroit, plus speech by BMW representative


Mini John Cooper Works and John Cooper Works Clubman

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Promotional driving footage


Mini Crossman Spy Video

December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini Crossman, heavily camouflaged, in the snow

Mini E electric car

December 15th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A Mini with no engine sound

Mini Coupe and Roadster on sale 2011

December 11th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

After the recent unveiling of the Mini Roadster and Mini Coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show, new reports are now suggesting both models could be in production as early as October next year and on sale early in 2011.

Around 1000 new jobs are expected to be created at MINI’s Cowley assembly plant in the UK to help build the new Minis, according to a recent report.

Mini confirmed in September that the production Coupe will make use of the same turbo-charged 1.6 litre petrol engine that drives the MINI John Cooper Works, developing 155kW and 260Nm of torque.

The Roadster is more likely to be fitted with the 126kW 1.6 litre turbocharged engine found in the Cooper S instead of the John Cooper Works-sourced unit.

Like the Coupe, the Mini Roadster Concept has a shorter bootlid and a far more reclined windscreen than the standard Mini’s body.

Unique to the Roadster is its manually-folding fabric roof, which matches the profile of the Coupe’s roofline and gives the Roadster a very low 1356mm overall height.

Mini announced back in September that it would postpone production of its other new model, expected to be named the Mini Countryman, to make room for the Roadster and Coupe.

Mini Coupe and Roadster on sale 2011

December 11th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

After the recent unveiling of the Mini Roadster and Mini Coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show, new reports are now suggesting both models could be in production as early as October next year and on sale early in 2011.

Around 1000 new jobs are expected to be created at MINI’s Cowley assembly plant in the UK to help build the new Minis, according to a recent report.

Mini confirmed in September that the production Coupe will make use of the same turbo-charged 1.6 litre petrol engine that drives the MINI John Cooper Works, developing 155kW and 260Nm of torque.

The Roadster is more likely to be fitted with the 126kW 1.6 litre turbocharged engine found in the Cooper S instead of the John Cooper Works-sourced unit.

Like the Coupe, the Mini Roadster Concept has a shorter bootlid and a far more reclined windscreen than the standard Mini’s body.

Unique to the Roadster is its manually-folding fabric roof, which matches the profile of the Coupe’s roofline and gives the Roadster a very low 1356mm overall height.

Mini announced back in September that it would postpone production of its other new model, expected to be named the Mini Countryman, to make room for the Roadster and Coupe.

Rolls-Royce customised Mini ready to roll

November 23rd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Rolls-Royce customised Mini

It was reported recently that Rolls-Royce and Mini would be teaming for a special Rolls-customised version of the iconic car. Apparently the project has just been given the green-light.

If the reports are true it means, BMW as owner of both British marques – has approved the limited run of bespoke Minis.

The special edition Rolls-Royce customised Minis are expected to offer a more luxurious interior, while few modifications to the exterior design or fit-out are expected.

Apparently the special MINIs will be totally individual and that the aim of the project is to create niche vehicles for the new owners.

Bespoke coachbuilt MINIs are not an entirely new concept, with the likes of actor Peter Sellers paying up to four times the car’s sticker price in the 1960s to have custom super-luxury versions built.

Mini creates 10 cool art cars (+video)

November 10th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini washme art car 4

If you thought the Mini 50th Anniversary celebrations were over, you were wrong. Mini is borrowing ideas from parent company BMW and has released a “Wash Me” art car video showing off the latest batch of art cars from the Mini lineup. BMW has long been known for its art cars, and the latest push, complete with a book based around these art cars, is to start Mini off with that same sort of history.

It’s a familiar story, by using the Mini as a canvas, 10 different artists present 10 different takes on what an art car should be and how radically they can customise the vehicle.

Playing on the theme of casual art drawn into dirty cars, the “Wash Me” video shows how a single car can express many different themes, depending on the personality of the artist.

Check out the video below and images in the gallery.