Monthly Archives: April 2014


collectibles: The Bloody Original Launch Event pins

The Bloody Original Launch Event pins

For the official launch of the new third-generation 2014 MINI Hardtop, each MINI dealer in the US held an event called The Bloody Original Launch Event sometime between April 12 and April 27, 2014.
THE BLOODY ORIGINAL LAUNCH EVENT
Among all the test drives, music, food, and drink were these event pins handed out to guests.  MINI enthusiasts could pick a “royal” title of MINI.  Pins include:

  • Baron of Burnout
  • Countess of Cone Course
  • Duchess of Slalom
  • Duke of Downshift
  • Earl of Go-Kart
  • Earl of Upshift
  • Marquess of Motoring
  • Viscount of Velocity
  • Royal Order of Burned Rubber
  • Royal Order of The TwinPower Turbo

If you missed these, you can get virtual Motoring Titles from Facebook.


MINI in the Pirelli World Challenge 2014

4R Motorsports MINI #24

Photo by 4R Motorsports

Another racing series that MINI competes in is the Pirelli World Challenge which will be in full gear with the TCB (B-Spec) class starting this weekend.  Each weekend in the series will feature two races.  MINI has had previous success in this series with Robbie Davis winning the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championship.  For 2014, Tyler Palmer takes over driving duties for Davis in the MINI of Charleston #37 MINI. This week MINI USA announced they would be sponsoring Palmer’s team.

From MINI USA News:

MINI of Charleston MINI #37

Photo by MINI of Charleston Racing

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 25, 2014…MINI USA is proud to announce Tyler Palmer as the newest addition to the MINI Motorsports program.  Palmer, a California native, will make his MINI Motorsports debut this weekend as the Pirelli World Challenge® Series makes its first trip to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Last season, Palmer made a total of eight trips to the podium in his nine Pirelli World Challenge starts, including third place and runner-up finishes at the Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix. In the same year, the then 19-year-old driver claimed fourth and second place finishes in Rounds 9 & 10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The rookie sensation also capped off a remarkable 2013 season with a pair of wins at the FOAMETIX Grand Prix of Houston.

“Tyler is a great addition to the MINI Motorsports family and will certainly add to the rich racing heritage that started back in 1964 with our first victory at the world famous Monte Carlo Rally,” said Chris Potgieter, Product Manager, MINI USA. “We look forward to an exciting season and to seeing MINI on the podium again this year!”

Palmer will race in a 2012 MINI Cooper Hardtop owned by MINI of Charleston Racing, the same MINI that was driven to the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championship last season by Robbie Davis.

Born and raised in San Diego, Palmer attends Mira Costa College in nearby Oceanside, Calif. When he’s not at the track, the aspiring racer enjoys dirt biking, surfing, golfing and working out.  Palmer is also a go-kart racing instructor.

In addition to representing MINI USA on the track, Palmer will also make appearances at the MINI Performance Motoring School and the MINI Teen Motoring School with Miles Ahead at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But that’s not all! Palmer will also make an appearance at this year’s MINI TAKES THE STATES, the legendary cross-country rally for MINI owners that takes place every other year.  Be sure to check our website, MINITAKESTHESTATES.COM, for the full schedule.

You can learn more about Tyler Palmer at www.TylerPalmerRacing.com and find him on Facebook at Facebook.com/TylerPalmerRacing.

 

Pirelli World Challenge 2014

04/25 – 04/27 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama

05/16 – 05/18 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

05/30 – 06/01 New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey

06/19 – 06/21 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

08/01 – 08/03 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Lexington, Ohio

08/30 – 08/31 Brainerd Raceway, Brainerd, Minnesota

09/12 – 09/13 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah

 

MINI Teams

You can follow the racing series and the teams from the links below:

Pirelli World Challenge – Website with schedule, results, photos, video, and live streaming.

4R Motorsports – Drivers Scott Kuhne and Tom Noble.

Breathless Performance – Driver Jason Fichter.

Downunder Motorsports – Driver Jim Cleveland.

MINI of Charleston Racing – Visit the website and Facebook page, drivers Tyler Palmer and Robbie Davis.

Racing.ca – Driver Andrei Kisel.

TLM Racing – Drivers David Tuaty and Michael Camus.

 

Pirelli World Challenge racing can be watched online at http://www.world-challengetv.com.


ADAC PROCAR 2014 series begins

MINI Trophy 2013 MINI #44

Photo by mini-racing-team.de

When the MINI Trophy series—which had replaced the MINI CHALLENGE series—ended last year, it looked as if MINI racing teams would have nowhere to race.  But soon after that announcement, the ADAC PROCAR series announced it was creating a new Division 3 (also known as Division M) just for MINI.  From the ADAC PROCAR press release:

The popular Mini John Cooper Works Challenge vehicles will find a new “home” next season in the DTC/ADAC PROCAR. A basis has been found in cooperation with drivers and former organizers to let the Minis start in the Division M(ini) which is exclusively reserved for them.

 

The technical foundation for the future joint races is the existing regulation of the Mini Trophy. Without bigger adjustments or modifications the vehicles can take part in the newly created Division M. „The preparations have been running in the background for a longer time already. In the meantime we have reached the point where we have talked through the technical regulations except from some small details so that our scrutineer may now determine“, series organizer Rainer Bastuck explains. It is indeed a challenging task to integrate a formerly independent series into an existing one, but with the common vision for season 2014 in sight, important decisions have already been made.

 

The Division M(ini) will further extend the starter field of the DTC/ADAC PROCAR as third division.

MINIs can also compete in the new Division 1T which is exclusively for cars with 1.6 L turbocharged engines.

The new series begins this weekend with two races in Oschersleben, Germany.

 

IMC Motorsport

Photo by ADAC ProCar

Series Calendar 2014

04/25 – 04/27 ADAC GT Masters Oschersleben
05/09 – 05/11 ADAC GT Masters Zandvoort
05/23 – 05/25 ADAC GT Masters Lausitzring
06/06 – 06/08 ADAC GT Masters Red Bull Ring
06/19 – 06/21 ADAC Zurich 24H Nürburgring
07/25 – 07/26 Hockenheimring
08/29 – 08/31 ADAC GT Masters Nürburgring
09/19 – 09/21 ADAC GT Masters Sachsenring

 

MINI Teams

You can follow the racing series and the teams from the links below:

ADAC PROCAR – Racing series with news, teams, results, photos, videos, live timing, and more, also a Facebook page.

Frensch Power Motorsport – Follow the driver Steve Kirsch.

H&R Team Dombek – Driver Kai Jordan, visit his Facebook page.

Heide Motorsport – Read their PROCAR article and visit their Facebook page.

IMC Motorsport – Visit their  their Facebook page, drivers Victoria Froß and Lisa Brunner (PROCAR interview and Facebook page).

MINI Racing Team – Known as mini-racing-team.de, visit their Facebook page, with driver Dirk Lauth (#44).

Racing 4 Friends – Will also race in Division 1T, visit their Facebook page.

Besaplast Team Dombeck – Reigning MINI Trophy champion Thomas Tekaat, read his PROCAR interview. Also visit their Facebook page.


“The Incredible Seven” promotional film by BMC

"The Incredible Seven" Part 3 still-frame

British Pathé, “one of the oldest media companies in the world” and a producer of newsreels until 1970, just released its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to YouTube.  One of the newsreels (broken into three video parts) is a 1961 promotional video by the British Motor Corporation during the early years of the classic Mini, then called the Austin Seven (sometimes spelled Se7en).

This is a fantastic look at the early development of the classic Mini with shots of Alec Issigonis, early prototypes built and road-tested, production and assembly, press launch, and press review headlines.

The total length is 28:43.

Visit the pages on YouTube if you’d like to read the transcripts of the videos.

 

“The Incredible Seven” Part 1:

“The Incredible Seven” Part 2:

“The Incredible Seven” Part 3:

 


MINI Connected XL Journey Mate app for trip planning

MINI Connected XL Journey Mate

MINI has released an enhancement to its MINI Connected feature with an app called MINI Connected XL Journey Mate.  As with MINI Connected, the app is only available to iPhone users.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Munich. The new MINI comfortably accommodates four passengers, however now there is room for a fifth up front – the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate. This clever new app not only helps the driver with navigation but also supplies individually tailored information on the road, adapted to suit the current driving situation, making every MINI trip even safer, more comfortable and more exciting than ever before. The system knows the driver’s preferred route, reminds him when it is time to refuel, messages him about impending appointments or planned telephone calls, reports traffic information in real time, assists in locating parking spaces, and directs the driver on foot to his final destination. The MINI Connected XL Journey Mate is available for the new MINI from April 2014. To use the system, the vehicle must be equipped with the Wired package, which includes the Professional Navigation System.

The diverse functions of this innovative travel companion have been merged into an app, which evaluates data from various sources and uses this to generate a range of useful information for the driver. Full use is made of the unique possibilities afforded by the intelligent networking between driver, vehicle and the environment resulting from incorporating the Apple iPhone in the operating system of the MINI. For MINI Fans who spend a lot of time in their cars, the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate quickly becomes a trusted companion, and one that quickly shows its usefulness not only in the vehicle but also on the smartphone.

Apple iPhone users can plan a trip on their mobile phone, taking into account calendar entries and any appointments they have at their destination. As soon as the smartphone is connected to the MINI at the beginning of the journey, the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate calculates whether there is enough fuel for the trip and highlights service stations en route, it indicates the expected time of arrival and gives weather information for the final destination. All this and Real Time Traffic Information is displayed on the MINI’s 8.8-inch on-board monitor. The system is navigable via the new MINI Touch Controller and multifunctional steering wheel buttons and is intuitive and simple to use.

In the course of the journey, the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate guides the driver when required to a petrol station that can be reached without any major diversion, assists in selecting intermediate stopping points, and suggests possibilities for parking in the vicinity of the destination. In addition, the virtual travel companion can remind the driver of particular activities by emitting audible or visual signals. Upon request, the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate can also remind him of calendar entries from his iPhone. Self-composed memos can be stored and then called up at the appropriate moments. The app also includes a useful pedestrian navigation service that runs on the smartphone, designed to show the way from the parking space to the destination and back to the car.

Completed trips can be stored, and then later amended. The MINI Connected XL Journey Mate will reliably update the trip with any new information.


new MINI Hardtop print ad campaign begins

NICE SET OF DOUBLE L-E-Ds. print ad (front) NICE SET OF DOUBLE L-E-Ds. print ad (back)

If you have spent any time on the Internet lately, you probably have seen several online advertisements for the new MINI Hardtop.  Now MINI USA has kicked off their print ad campaign with this cheeky ad.  It features a model photo page covered by a smaller removable MINI ad with the line “NICE SET OF DOUBLE L-E-Ds.”  The back of the full page shows a cartoon with a couple in a MINI Cooper S with the line “You’re right. It’s a lot bigger than I thought!”.

The print ad can be found in the May 2014 issue of Playboy between pages 44 & 45.


MINI reviews pages added

MINI Lineup

For the past few years, we have created lists of reviews from major automotive magazines and websites each time a new MINI model launched.  Recent lists were compiled for the 2014 MINI Hardtop and 2013 MINI Paceman.

To make these lists easier to find, we have combined them on the new MINI reviews page which is linked from the top menu.  The comprehensive lists have been updated since their original posting, as well.

The list or reviews currently includes:

2008 MINI Clubman

2011 MINI Countryman

2012 MINI Coupe

2012 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

2012 MINI Roadster

2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP

2013 MINI Paceman

2014 MINI Hardtop

We will continue to update all the lists and will be adding more lists going all the way back to the original MINI Cooper launch in 2001 (UK) and 2002 (US).

If there is a well-written review (or well-produced video review) that we have missed, please let us know in the comments below.

Visit our MINI reviews page at http://libraryofmotoring.info/reviews.


revised MINI Paceman debuts

2015 MINI Paceman

Earlier this week MINI debuted the revised MINI Countryman for 2015.  Now the 2015 MINI Paceman gets similar updates.  A quick list of the new features includes:

  • Cooper S: curved “S” in red in grille
  • New colors: Jungle Green Metallic and Midnight Grey metallic
  • Piano Black Exterior package
  • Optional LED fog lights, parking, and daytime driving lights
  • anthracite-colored dials

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

Fresh stimuli for the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment; the new MINI Paceman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1 – 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions:
165 – 111 g/km) underscores its exceptional standing as a sporty, elegant individualist with fresh design details, increased driving performance figures, further optimised efficiency, innovative equipment features and refined premium characteristics in the interior; pioneering automobile concept of a compact 3-door model with coupé-like lines, unique combination of driving fun and functionality and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 now gains additional appeal; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Paceman consolidates driving fun leadership within the segment driving fun; market launch in July 2014 also includes the launch of the new edition of the extreme athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.

Extravagant and powerfully expressive body design with horizontal lines, dynamic proportions and powerfully modelled surfaces in hallmark MINI design style; clearly signals driving fun with characteristic go-kart feeling and extended versatility due to all-wheel drive system ALL4; front section with powerful presence including hexagonal radiator grill contour; long doors with frameless windows in coupé style; high-opening tailgate; roof sits virtually seamlessly on top of the car, optionally available in contrasting colour; elongated silhouette resulting from the flowing roof line and the tapering side window graphic, now additionally emphasised with the new option Piano Black Exterior; new standard and optionally available light alloy wheels with reduced weight and optimised aerodynamic properties; other optional features: tyres with reduced rolling resistance; new exterior paint finishes Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic.

Greater accentuation of sporty flair and premium characteristics in the interior of the new MINI Paceman; road speed and engine speed display now with dark dials in the style of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman; interior in lounge-type design with four single seats and optimised acoustic comfort; newly designed chrome applications for the ventilation controls; MINI Center Rail storage system as standard; sports seats for driver and front passenger as standard; rear backrests individually foldable; as a result, luggage compartment volume can be expanded from 330 to up to 1 080 litres.

New MINI Paceman offering further increased driving fun and optimised efficiency; selection of two petrol and two diesel engines each with four cylinders; range also includes: top athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman with 160 kW/218 bhp 4-cylinder turbo engine; all model variants now with emission rating according to the EU6 emission standard and extended MINIMALISM technology including optimised aerodynamic properties to reduce fuel consumption and emission levels; output increased by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the MINI Cooper S Paceman; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed automatic transmission as an option: all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman and optional for all other models.

Unique go-kart feeling thanks to high-quality suspension technology with McPherson spring struts and forged wishbones on the front axle, multilink rear axle and electromechanical power steering including Servotronic; sports chassis as standard for all model variants; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control standard or optional, depending on model variant.

Integrated safety concept with crash-optimised body structure; extensive standard safety features now also include tyre pressure control on each wheel and daytime driving lights; occupant protection at the same level as the MINI Countryman, which scored the top 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test.

Driving fun and comfort at premium level with extensive standard trim and a wide range of customisation options; high-end selection of optional extras, including new LED fog lamps with daytime driving lights and parking lights in LED technology as well as xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, glass push/tilt roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system; model-specific John Cooper Works accessories also available.

The most progressive networking technology within the competitive field for unique in-car infotainment; MINI Connected offers extensive smartphone integration in the vehicle and unique functional diversity with ongoing expansion based on apps; current program includes functions exclusive to MINI such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser, the use of Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

Model variants:
MINI John Cooper Works Paceman: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 160 kW/218 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 900 – 5 000 rpm
(300 Nm at 2 100 – 4 500 rpm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.8 seconds (automatic: 6.8 seconds),
top speed: 229 km/h (226 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.1 litres/100 kilometres (7.5 litres),
CO2emissions: 165 g/km (175 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper S Paceman: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm
(260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500 rpm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.4 seconds (automatic: 7.7 seconds),
top speed: 220 km/h (216 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (6.8 litres),
CO2emissions: 139 g/km (157 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm
(260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500 rpm with overboost),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.6 seconds (automatic: 8.0 seconds),
top speed: 217 km/h (215 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (7.1 litres),
CO2emissions: 148 g/km (165 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper Paceman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm,
max. torque: 160 Nm at 4 250 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 10.3 seconds (automatic: 11.5 seconds),
top speed: 193 km/h (186 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.9 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres),
CO2emissions: 137 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology (in the MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission also: twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection),
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm,
max. torque: 160 Nm (MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 190 Nm at 4 250 rpm),
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 11.4 seconds (automatic: 11.6 seconds),
top speed: 188 km/h (186 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 litres/100 kilometres (7.0 litres),
CO2emissions: 156 g/km (164 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with
aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and
variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.1 seconds (automatic: 9.3 seconds),
top speed: 202 km/h (199 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (5.7 litres),
CO2emissions: 119 g/km (149 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with
aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and
variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.3 seconds),
top speed: 199 km/h (197 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.8 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres),
CO2emissions: 126 g/km (156 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D Paceman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with
aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and
variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Paceman with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 10.8 seconds (automatic: 11.2 seconds),
top speed: 188 km/h (183 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres (5.6 litres),
CO2emissions: 111 g/km (148 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with
aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and
variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc),
output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm,
acceleration (0–100 km/h): 11.5 seconds (automatic: 11.8 seconds),
top speed: 183 km/h (178 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.7 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres),
CO2emissions: 123 g/km (155 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

Exterior dimensions:
Length: 4 109 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 4 114 millimetres, MINI John Cooper Works Paceman: 4 124 millimetres)
Width: 1 786 millimetres
Height: 1 518 millimetres
Wheelbase: 2 596 millimetres

[Source: Press Kit: The new MINI Paceman.]

Read the additional Press Kit: MINI at Auto China Beijing 2014.


MINI Wheel Guide updated for 2014

15" Heli Spoke Silver 16" Loop Spoke Silver 16" Victory Spoke Silver 16" Victory Spoke Black 17" Tentacle Spoke Silver
17" Cosmos Spoke Silver 17" Cosmos Spoke Black 18" Cone Spoke Silver 18" JCW Cross Spoke Burnished Jet Black

When MINI redesigned the MINI Hardtop for 2014, one of the changes included the replacement of of the traditional four-lug MINI hub with a five-lug hub (begun with the MINI Countryman and Paceman).  This small change meant all new wheels for the Hardtop were needed. These new wheels include:

  • 15″ Heli Spoke Silver
  • 16″ Loop Spoke Silver
  • 16″ Victory Spoke Silver
  • 16″ Victory Spoke Black
  • 17″ Tentacle Spoke Silver
  • 17″ Cosmos Spoke Silver
  • 17″ Cosmos Spoke Black
  • 18″ Cone Spoke Silver
  • 18″ JCW Cross Spoke Burnished Jet Black

View our MINI Wheel Guide updated for 2014.

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revised MINI Countryman debuts

2015 MINI Countryman

MINI has announced a revised MINI Countryman for 2015 with production beginning this summer.  A quick list of the new features includes:

  • Cooper: grille has two ribs finished in matte silver
  • Cooper S: horizontal radiator grille rib finished in chrome
  • JCW: horizontal radiator grille rib finished in red
  • Cooper S: curved “S” in red in grille
  • Visual underride guard elements standard
  • New colors: Jungle Green Metallic, Midnight Grey metallic, and Starlight Blue Metallic
  • Piano Black Exterior package
  • 17″ 5-Star Triangle Spoke Design alloy wheels
  • Optional LED fog lights, parking, and daytime driving lights
  • anthracite-colored dials

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

New version of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive; new MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1- 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 111 g/km) hones its profile as an all-round talent for versatile mobility and an active lifestyle; fresh measures to ensure the continued  success of the premium compact model that has sold more than 350,000 units worldwide; selective design modifications; further enhanced driving performance figures; optimised fuel consumption and emissions; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman; market launch of all model variants including the top sports model MINI John Cooper Works Countryman in July 2014.

Striking accents underscore the distinctive interpretation of the hallmark MINI body design; clear emphasis of the specific dimensions and proportions convey variable functionality and versatile athletic flair over all terrains; characteristic hexagonal radiator grille in new design reinforces the presence of the upright front section; visual underride guard elements for the front and rear apron and side sills now standard in conjunction with the all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 (exception: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman) and optional for all other model variants; new standard and optionally available light alloy wheels with reduced weight and optimised aerodynamics properties; tyres with reduced rolling resistance as an option; new exterior paint finishes in Jungle Green metallic, Midnight Grey metallic and Starlight Blue metallic; additional customisation options include contrasting colours for the roof and exterior mirror caps, bonnet stripes and Sport Stripes as well as Piano Black Exterior – available for MINI for the first time.

Refined details, optimised acoustic comfort and reinforced premium characteristics in the interior; dark dials for road speed and engine speed; MINI John Cooper Works Countryman additionally with John Cooper Works logo in the central instrument; ventilation controls with chrome applications; five seats and exceptional variability with rear seats that can be shifted 13 centimetres longitudinally, backrests that are tilt-adjustable and foldable in a 40: 20 : 40 split; luggage compartment volume can be extended from 350 to as much as 1 170 litres.

Extensive engine portfolio comprising 4-cylinder petrol and 4-cylinder diesel engines; all engine types now with emission rating according to EU6 emission standard; increase in output by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman; optimised driving performance and fuel consumption figures due to extended MINIMALISM technology including improved aerodynamic properties; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed automatic transmission as an option (exception: MINI One D Countryman); MINI specific all-wheel drive system ALL4 optional for the models MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper D Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman, as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

Outstanding safety; MINI Countryman with top 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test thanks to extensive standard equipment features in the areas of active and passive safety, now supplemented with type pressure control on each individual wheel and daytime driving light.

High-quality standard trim and a wide selection of options for additional driving fun, increased comfort and maximum customisation; new LED fog lights including daytime driving and parking light in LED technology; other features available include xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, panorama glass roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports suspension, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and model-specific John Cooper Works accessories.

Extensive MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; unique functional diversity and permanent expansion options with apps integrated in the automobile via smartphone; increased driving fun with typical MINI functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser; online connection also enables the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and foursquare as well as Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

 

Model variants:
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 160 kW/218 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 900 – 5 000 rpm (300 Nm at 2 100 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 6.9 seconds (automatic: 6.9 seconds),
top speed: 228 km/h (225 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.1 litres/100 kilometres (7.5 litres), CO2 emissions: 165 g/km (175 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500  with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 7.5 seconds (automatic: 7.8 seconds),
top speed: 218 km/h (214 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (6.8 litres), CO2 emissions: 139 g/km (157 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500  with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 7.7 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds),
top speed: 215 km/h (213 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (7.1 litres), CO2 emissions: 148 g/km (165 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc,
output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.4 seconds (automatic: 11,6 seconds),
top speed: 191 km/h (184 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.9 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), CO2 emissions: 137 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology (in the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission also: twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection),
capacity: 1 598 cc,
output: 90 kW /122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm (MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 190 Nm) at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.5 seconds (automatic: 11,7 seconds),
top speed: 186 km/h (184 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 litres/100 kilometres (7.0 litres), C02 emissions: 156 g/km (164 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6

MINI One Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc,
output: 72 kW/98 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 153 Nm at 3 000 rpm,
acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.9 seconds (automatic: 13,9 seconds),
top speed: 175 km/h (170 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.7 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), C02 emissions: 134 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 995 cc,
output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm,
acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.4 seconds),
top speed: 200 km/h (197 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (5.7 litres), C02 emissions: 119 g/km (149 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 995 cc,
output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm,
acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.3 seconds (automatic: 9.4 seconds),
top speed: 197 km/h (195 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.8 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), C02 emissions: 126 g/km (156 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Countryman with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm, acceleration: (0-100 km/h): 10.9 seconds (automatic: 11.3 seconds), top speed: 186 km/h (181 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres (5.6 litres), C02 emissions: 111 g/km (148 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc),
output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4000 rpm,
max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm,
acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.6 seconds (automatic: 11,9 seconds),
top speed: 181 km/h (176 km/h),
average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.7 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), C02 emissions: 123 g/km (155 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI One D Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry,
capacity: 1 598 cc,
output: 66 kW/90 bhp at 4 000 rpm,
max. torque: 215 Nm at 1 750 – 2 500 rpm,
acceleration (0-100 km/h): 12.9 seconds,
top speed: 171 km/h,
average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions: 111 g/km, exhaust emission standard: EU6.

Exterior dimensions:
Length: 4 097 millimetres (MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4: 110 millimetres, MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4 109 millimetres, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman: 4 133 millimetres)
Width: 1 789 millimetres
Height: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman 1 549 millimetres) Wheelbase: 2 595 millimetres

[Source: Press Kit: The new MINI Countryman.]

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