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MINI in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2016

 

MINI JCW Team MINI No. 37

MINI begins the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2016 season today in the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway.  Last year MINI started late into the season with pre-production MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops so this will be the MINI’s first full season.  The season consists of ten races and runs through September.

MINI USA has again partnered with LAP Motorsports LLC for a three-car MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop lineup for 2016.  They will compete in the Street Tuner (ST) class.

The BMW Performance 200 starts at 1:45pm ET.  You can watch the race live at IMSA.com.

 

No. Drivers
37 Mark Pombo
Ethan Low
52 Ramin Abdolvahabi
James Vance
73 Derek Jones
Mat Pombo

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS TEAM GEARS UP FOR 2016 IMSA CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTSCAR CHALLENGE SERIES

  • 2016 will be the first full season for the team after late start in 2015
  • Driver line-up confirmed plus addition of third car
  • Team hopes to keep momentum following podium finish at season finale

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 28MINI USA and LAP MotorSports LLC are gearing up the MINI John Cooper Works Team for the 2016 season of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC), the first full season for the team. The team also today announced the addition of a third car and two new drivers – Ethan Lowe and James Vance. Building on the momentum of the team’s first podium at the season finale at Road Atlanta last year and a solid performance during three days of testing at The Roar Before the 24, the team is hopeful for more podium finishes during the 2016 season. The season kicks-off this Friday, January 29th, at Daytona International Speedway.

The Indianapolis-based MINI John Cooper Works team owned and operated by racing veteran Luis Perocarpi will return this year with drivers Mat Pombo and Derek Jones. The racing duo, who brought MINI JCW its first podium finish at Road Atlanta last year, will return in MINI JCW #73. This year they’ll be back in the car for the entire season of CTSCC battles. Also joining the team with Mat and Derek is Ramin Abdolvahabi, who drove MINI #52 during the last half of 2015.

Newby James Vance will be joining the MINI JCW Team this year. A very quick, young driver from the U.K. by way of Canada, he drove Karts for seven years and competed in SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup in 2013 with best finishes of second at Road Atlanta and fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Ethan Low comes off a stellar rookie season in 2015 that saw him finish sixth overall in the Street Tuner class, including two forth place finishes and five top tens. Low was the top finishing rookie closing driver in last year’s field. Low returns to Daytona where he made his first career start in the series qualifying sixth in last year’s BMW Performance 200.

The team will compete with a fleet of production-derived MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop race cars closely related to the John Cooper Works Hardtops that are currently on sale at MINI dealerships across the U.S.

With a super-wide stance, ultra-rigid body and incredibly precise handling, MINI has a long history in motorsports and has always felt right at home on the track. Ever since John Cooper first recognized the racing potential of the classic Mini in the early 1960s, his name has stood for success and performance on the race track
with MINI.

For a full schedule of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series, please visit IMSA.com . To follow the team during the race on Friday, January 29th go to IMSA.com or download the IMSA app. Follow #37, #52 and #73 while they compete in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge! Green Flag is scheduled for 1:45PM.

About MINI in the US
MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 124 MINI passenger car dealers in 39 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of six unique vehicles.

About LAP MotorSports LLC
Involved in motorsports since 1998, Luis Perocarpi founded Indianapolis, IN, based LAP MotorSports LLC in 2008 and established LAP as one of the leading service providers in building, operating and managing race programs and race teams in North America and Europe. LAP Motorsports has been involved with ChampCar programs of Patrick Racing, Team Rahal, HVM, Herdez Competition and Minardi Team USA and series such as Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, Superleague Formula, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Grand Am, ALMS, Ferrari Challenge, SCORE International and IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.

Follow the MINI JCW Team Facebook page and visit www.minijcwteam.com.
Follow the LAP Motorsports LLC Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
Follow drivers Ethan Low, Mark Pombo, and James Vance on Twitter.

 

IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2016

Date Race Track Location
1/29 BMW Performance 200 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL
3/17 Sebring International Raceway Sebring International Raceway Sebring, FL
4/29 Continental Tire Monterey Gran Prix Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA
7/1 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, NY
7/8 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, ON
7/22 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT
8/5 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
8/26 VIRginia International Raceway VIRginia International Raceway Danville, VA
9/15 Circuit of The Americas Circuit of The Americas Austin, TX
9/28 Road Atlanta Road Atlanta Braselton, GA
MINI JCW Team Daytona 2016

photo from www.facebook.com/minijcwteam.


MINI USA Configurator Redesigned

MINI USA Configurator 2016 - Convertible

With the addition of the new MINI Convertible, MINI USA launched a complete visual design update to the MINI Configurator.  The Configurator now conforms to the new MINI branding introduced in June of last year and features a white background, new two-dimensional MINI logo, and the MINI Serif font.

Otherwise, the layout and functionality are similar to the previous version (below, top) on the redesigned version (below, bottom).

MINI USA Configurator 2015 - Clubman

MINI USA Configurator 2016 - Clubman

Visit the Build Yours page at MINIUSA.com.


Press Kit: the new MINI Clubman ALL 4

MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4

Today MINI debuted more members of the MINI Clubman family: the MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 and the MINI Cooper SD Clubman ALL4.  Also debuting is the new Digital Blue metallic exterior color.

From the BMW Group PressClub Global Press Kit:

The very latest MINI feeling in a whole new dimension – now also available with all-wheel drive; new MINI Clubman ALL4 combines the innovative vehicle concept in the premium compact segment with an even sportier and more versatile version of hallmark brand driving fun; newly developed all-wheel drive system for the latest MINI generation available in two engine variants.

Premiere for the new generation of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 with electrohydraulic regulation, optimised weight and increased efficiency in the largest and most versatile MINI model; ideal alternative and supplement to the characteristic MINI front-wheel drive featuring a new construction principle with power take-off bevel gear on the front axle, dual-section propeller shaft for power transmission and Hang-On multidisc clutch in the rear axle differential; distribution of drive torque between the front and rear wheels precisely adapted to the given situation due to interconnection of the ALL4 control unit with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC); swift response to changes in driving style and road surface enables extremely sporty handling and supreme traction properties in all weathers and road conditions.

Market launch of the new MINI Clubman ALL4 (combined fuel consumption: 6.9 – 4.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 159 – 126 g/km) featuring highly powerful engines of the latest generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and also the current versions of the manual and Steptronic transmission; MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 with 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine (141 kW/192 hp) and standard 6-speed manual transmission as well as optional 8-speed Steptronic transmission; MINI Cooper SD Clubman ALL4 with 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine (140 kW/190 hp) and 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

Intensive driving fun due to powerful engines and traction-optimised power transmission to all four wheels; optionally available: 8-speed Steptronic sports transmission with shift paddles at the steering wheel and Launch Control function for highly dynamic acceleration from standing; optimised fuel consumption and emission figures due to efficient design and functioning of the new all-wheel drive system ALL4 as well as extensive MINIMALISM technology; auto start/stop function as standard; GREEN mode including coasting with decoupled drivetrain in conjunction with optional MINI Driving Modes and Steptronic transmission.

All-wheel drive system ALL4 as an additional contribution to the highest level of everyday practicality and long-distance suitability ever achieved by a MINI; new MINI Clubman ALL4 combines hallmark brand go-kart feeling with secure handling properties and supreme driving comfort at all times; high-quality suspension technology unique within the competitive field featuring single-joint strut front axle and multilink rear axle: maximum agility due to large track width and weight-optimised, torsionally stiff body construction; electromechanical power steering with Servotronic function as standard.

MINI Clubman ALL4 as standard with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control; sports suspension and Dynamic Damper Control optionally available; standard trim with light alloy wheels in 17-inch format; light alloy wheels optionally available up to a size of 19 inches.

New MINI Clubman now available in eight engine variants; extended variety for a vehicle concept that is unique in the compact segment in the tradition of the classic shooting brake; distinctive body design with dynamically stretched silhouette, powerful shoulder contour, long roof line and sloping rear; optimised aerodynamic properties due to Air Curtains in the form of air inlets in the front apron and air outlets behind the front wheel arches known as Air Breathers; high level of versatility due to the four side doors and characteristic, side-opening split doors at the rear; five fully-fledged seats; luggage compartment volume: 360 litres; rear backrest with optional 40 : 20 : 40 folding split; maximum storage volume: 1 250 litres; range of body paint finishes expanded to include Digital Blue metallic.

Distinctively designed interior with wide dashboard and cockpit facia frame in upper section; instrument panel on the steering column; central instrument with diverse display functions; intuitively operated air conditioning control unit; central console with electric parking brake, storage compartments, two cupholders, MINI Controller and armrest.

Weight-optimised and crash-optimised body structure; standard safety fittings include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, at front with belt tensioners and adaptive belt force limiters, ISOFIX child seat mounting at rear and optionally also on the front passenger seat; tyre pressure display; excellent acoustic and vibrational comfort.

Full range of optional equipment to increase driving fun, comfort and individuality also available for the new MINI Clubman ALL4; MINI Driving Modes for individual vehicle set-up; modern driver assistance systems including MINI Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant; LED headlamps; LED fog lights; electrically adjustable seats for driver and front passenger; Comfort Access including non-contact opening of the split doors; trailer tow hitch; panorama glass roof; MINI Excitement Package with LED interior and ambient lighting and projection of the MINI logo from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the car; MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels; alarm system including red LED status light in the fin antenna; range also includes: exclusive John Cooper Works and MINI Yours options and the current MINI Connected in-car infotainment program.

Engine variants:

MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control), capacity: 1998 cc, output: 141 kW/192 hp at 5 000 rpm, torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 rpm (300 Nm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.0 seconds (automatic: 6.9 seconds), top speed: 225 km/h (225 km/h), average fuel consumption*: 7.0 – 6.9 litres (6.4 –6.3 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 162 – 159 g/km (149 – 146 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Clubman ALL4: 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection), capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 400 Nm at 1 750 – 2 500 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.2 seconds, top speed: 222 km/h, average fuel consumption*: 4.9 – 4.8 litres/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 129 – 126 g/km, exhaust emission standard: EU6.

* EU test cycle figures, fuel consumption dependent on the selected tyre format.

Exterior dimensions:
Length: 4 253 millimetres [167.4″]
Width: 1 800 millimetres [70.9″]
Height: 1 441 millimetres [56.7″]
Wheelbase: 2 670 millimetres [105.1″]

 


X-raid Team finishes second at Dakar 2016

X-raid Team at Dakar 2016

MINI’s four-year winning streak at the Dakar Rally has come to an end.  The MINI of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) was the highest placing MINI when they finished second in their No. 300 MINI ALL4 Racing.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

2016 Dakar Rally – Day 15, Stage 13: MINI achieves another incredible Dakar result with MINI ALL4 Racing winner of the four-wheel drive ranking. Four MINI ALL4 Racing secure top ten positions overall.

Seven MINI ALL4 Racing complete the most gruelling cross-country rally within top fifteen. Mikko Hirvonen and Harry Hunt excel in their first experience of the Dakar Rally with Hirvonen clinching the Best Rookie title in the car category.

Munich. Once again the MINI brand celebrates success at the Dakar Rally with Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) completing the 38th edition of the Dakar Rally as best placed all-wheel drive car. The provisional general ranking results show Stéphane Peterhansel as the quickest man overall in category and congratulations are extended to Peugeot. In the meantime, AXION X-raid Team driver Al-Attiyah is listed as finishing with a hard fought second. The result of an ongoing race appeal will determine the full and official result.

Al-Attiyah and Baumel drove a superb 9000km race in the #300 MINI ALL4 Racing to win the battle of the 4×4 vehicles, in particular against a determined effort by Toyota. Two stage wins by the Al-Attiyah / Baumel pairing ensured the outcome would be a MINI ALL4 Racing at the front of the pack.

Nasser: “To finish on the podium was really nice but I believe in myself to come back in 2017 and win again. I think it was possible to win without our one mistake, but this is Dakar – a two-week race – and everybody can make mistake; most of the best drivers make a mistake but we finished on the podium.”

The famed reliability and performance of the MINI ALL4 Racing went hand in hand with the determination of all the MINI ALL4 Racing family to achieve an incredible result of four MINI ALL Racing positioned within the top ten finishers – a result in itself and rubberstamped by the fact seven MINI ALL4 Racing completed Dakar within the top 15.

Further celebration within the MINI ALL4 Racing camp will also come in the knowledge that former WRC star Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) successfully completed his Dakar debut with a well-deserved top five finish. The AXION X-raid Team (#315) driver along with co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) also achieved a fantastic stage win, which itself is complemented by a series of top five placings in the 13 stage Dakar race.

Hirvonen: “I’m really happy to be here at the finish line; a fantastic two weeks and everything worked just perfectly. The car was running well, the team did a fantastic job and with Michel everything went perfectly as well, so overall a fantastic experience.”

Spanish stars Joan ‘Nani’ Roma and Alex Haro (AXION X-raid Team #304) secured a 2016 Dakar top ten position in their AXION X-raid MINI ALL4 Racing after a dramatic fight back. Their start of the 2016 Dakar was upsetting to say the least when bad luck placed them deep in a mud hole for over 45 minutes to knock them far down the overall standings. To complete Dakar is one thing; to draw on their skills to complete in the top ten is something else altogether.

“It’s a really strange feeling to be here at the finish line,” said Roma. “Obviously it wasn’t my goal when I come here to fight for this position, but it was really hard. A positive point is the work with Alex, he made a good job.”

The #323 MINI ALL4 Racing of Harry Hunt (GBR) and Andreas Schulz (GER) was the fourth MINI ALL4 Racing to be placed within the top ten finishers. This is a remarkable achievement for the young Englishman considering, like Hirvonen, this was his first Dakar event. Consistent racing along with Schulz’s guiding hand of experience definitely made this a Dakar an event the X-raid team driver will never forget.

Hunt: “I’m so happy. I couldn’t have asked for any more really. First Dakar finish and also top ten, so I’m over the moon. It was hard, it was very, very hard but we had a relatively problem-free Dakar. A lot of that was down to Andreas, he’s so calm in the car.”

Orlando Terranova (ARG) and co-driver Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) from AXION X-raid Team (#310) also had to apply all their experience to net the top 15 finish they are credited with. Exactly like Roma on Stage 2, Terranova was a victim of deep mud resulting in many lost minutes, which was compounded by another delay due to the terrible weather conditions.

Another MINI ALL4 Racing crew who had to fight against early setback was that of Dutch duo Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar of #306 Van Loon Racing. Completing Dakar inside the top 15 was an astonishing end to an astonishing Dakar, arguably the wettest Dakar on record.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) of ORLEN Team (#327) are also credited with a top 15 finish for the MINI ALL4 Racing family. Yet again, the decision by a privateer to compete at the 2016 Dakar in a MINI ALL4 Racing paid off. This year was the first year former cross-country bike rider Przygonski had tackled Dakar on four wheels and the result justified his choice of car.

Three other MINI ALL4 Racing family members successfully completed the 2016 Dakar Rally despite overwhelming odds – odds that saw the original startline decimated by the terrain and stress of racing in the harshest conditions imaginable.

Boris Garafulic (CHL) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR) of # 313 X-raid Team will join the crews of Nazareno Lopez (ARG) / Sergio Lafuente (URU) [X-raid Team #351] and Adam Malysz (POL) / Xavier Panseri (FRA) of ORLEN Team (#325) in celebrating their completion of the 2016 Dakar rally.

Once again the Dakar rally showed how it can destroy men and machines in one fell swoop. Therefore, the fact 10 competing MINI ALL4 Racing cars made it to the end of the Dakar pays testament to its design and durability – and also the quality of support from the service and support team from X-raid.

Talking about the 2016 Dakar, Sven Quandt, X-raid Team Manager, said:

“The MINI ALL4 Racing made full use of its strengths and advantages. I congratulate Nasser who, once again, made it to the very top with his pace. Mikko also delivered in sensational style – to make so few mistakes in his first Dakar is truly amazing. It was an extremely gruelling Dakar – not only for the drivers but for the entire team. I’m proud of our crews and our mechanics who never gave up.”

2016 Dakar Rally
Provisional MINI ALL4 Racing standings:

Position Driver Co-driver # Team Time
2 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) Mathieu Baumel (FRA) 300 AXION X-raid Team 045:57:08

+0:34:58

4 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Michel Périn (FRA) 315 AXION X-raid Team 046:27:28

+ 01:05:18

6 Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP) Alex Haro (ESP) 304 AXION X-raid Team 047:03:16

+01:41:06

10 Harry Hunt (GB) Andreas Schulz (GER) 323 X-raid Team 048:33:40

+03:11:30

12 Orlando Terranova (ARG) Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (ARG) 310 AXION X-raid Team 050:31:04

+05:08:54

13

 

Erik van Loon (NDL) Wouter Rosegaar (NDL) 306 Van Loon Racing 050:44:23

+05:22:13

16 Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) 327 ORLEN Team 051:02:10

+05:40:00

23 Boris Garafulic (CHL) Filipe Palmeiro (POR) 313 X-raid Team 054:55:28

+09:33:18

45 Nazareno Lopez (ARG) Sergio Lafuente (URU) 351 X-raid Team 069:53:55

+24:31:45

53 Adam Malysz (POL) Xavier Panseri (FRA) 325 ORLEN Team 074:08:13

+28:46:03

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here.

 


MINI USA announced pricing for the 2016 MINI Convertible

2016 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible

Today MINI USA announced pricing for the new MINI Convertible.  The MSRP is shown without the Destination & Handling Fee (and with the D&H Fee):

  • MINI Cooper Convertible – $25,950 ($26,800)
  • MINI Cooper S Convertible – $29,600 ($30,450)
  • MINI JCW Convertible – $35,600 ($36,450)

From the BMW Group PressClub USA press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 14, 2016… MINI USA announced pricing today on its all-new 2016 MINI Convertible with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $25,950 for the Cooper model. In addition, the company also introduced the fastest, most powerful convertible it has ever built, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible.

As one of the newest additions to the MINI product line, the new MINI Convertible represents the first open top MINI powered by BMW Group engines. The premium four-seater soft-top convertible is both practical and customizable, delivering unlimited open-air motoring fun. The latest generation convertible, which was designed, engineered, developed, and assembled in Europe, starts only $250 higher than previous generation car, making it the only true convertible built in Europe priced below $26,000. The Cooper S variant will start at $29,600. All prices exclude the $850 Destination & Handling fee.

In addition to the Cooper and Cooper S models, MINI has developed its fastest, most powerful open-top yet with the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible. Similar to the recently launched MINI John Cooper Work Hardtop, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is specially tuned for high performance on the track and on the road. The John Cooper Works variant will start at $35,600 plus Destination & Handling.

“The new Convertible has all of the legendary driving performance you expect in a MINI yet with interior materials and finishes which set a new benchmark for the segment,” said Patrick McKenna, Department Head, Product Planning, MINI USA. “Now with the addition of the John Cooper Works variant we have once again set the bar high for the rest of the premium convertible market by offering a high performance open-top driving experience.”

As with all MINI models in the product line up, the new MINI Convertible is made for individualization. Featuring a choice of 11 exterior color options, including the new Caribbean Aqua and Melting Silver colors, as well as a number of premium seating options such as the new Malt Brown leather with diamond-stitching reminiscent of classic English Chesterfield sofas, the new MINI Convertible sets the standard in the premium convertible market.

The new MINI Convertible comes equipped with a standard “Always Open Timer,” providing convertible enthusiasts with the ability to calculate the number of hours they’ve driven with the top down. It will also come standard with the MINI Connected infotainment system including a 6.5-inch high-resolution screen. In addition, an optional larger 8.8-inch display includes navigation and a clever rain warning app, which notifies drivers of impending storms so they can prepare their vehicle for inclement weather. A list of standard features, a la carte options and available bundled packages can be found at the end of this release.

OPEN-AIR PERFORMANCE, REDEFINED.

Built with BMW Group engines, the John Cooper Works model will feature the most powerful engine ever installed in one of the brand’s production models. The 2.0- liter 4-cylinder engine was developed based on the latest generation of power units with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. It generates a maximum output of 228 bhp and a maximum torque of 236 ft.-lbs., accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 Seconds (Manual: 6.1 seconds).

The car also features a sports exhaust, suspension technology refined with racing expertise and model-specific design features that not only optimize the car’s aerodynamic features, but also guarantee a fun and efficient ride emphasizing its exclusive charisma.

The new Convertible will go on sale in March 2016 at MINI dealers across the U.S., with the John Cooper Works variant becoming available in April. Customers looking to build or pre-order a new MINI Convertible can use the configurator now available at MINIUSA.com or visit their local MINI dealer. For full vehicle specifications and product details on the new MINI Convertible, please see the detailed product news release here. A detailed product news release for the new John Cooper Works variant is also available here.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

The new MINI Convertible comes with an array of standard equipment, including:

  • Six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function
  • MINI Connected infotainment system with 6.5-inch high-resolution display, third-party app support, Bluetooth audio streaming, and voice control
  • Fully automatic folding convertible top including a slide-back sunroof feature, as well as a glass rear window with heating element
  • Integrated rollover protection system
  • Comfortable seating for four adults
  • MINI logo projected as welcome light from driver-side mirror
  • Leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and gearshift lever
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Keyless ignition
  • 12-color ambient interior lighting
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Carbon Black leatherette upholstery
  • MINI Driving modes with Green, Mid, and Sport settings
  • Automatic headlights

OPTIONAL FEATURES:

The new MINI Convertible also comes with a variety of optional features, including:

  • Convertible top from the design-oriented MINI Yours line, incorporating iconic Union Jack flag through contrasting weaving with a herringbone stitch pattern.
  • Malt Brown leather plus another eight available upholsteries
  • MINI Yours interior surfaces in Fiber Alloy (featuring genuine aluminum), porcelain-inspired Off-White, and Dark Cottonwood matte-finish veneer

PACKAGES:

In addition to the standard equipment and a la carte options, several packages are available, including:

  • Premium Package

Comfort Access keyless entry

410-watt harman/kardon Premium Sound System

Heated front seats

Satellite radio with 1-year subscription

Lightweight folding wind deflector

Auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, power-folding exterior mirrors with passenger-side curb protection by tilting downward when in reverse.

  • Sport Package – Cooper

16” alloy wheels in choice of design: silver Loop Spoke; silver Victory Spoke; black Victory Spoke; or upgrade to a 17” or 18” wheel

Full LED Headlights

LED taillights

Sport seats with leatherette upholstery

Dynamic Damper Control adjustable suspension

  • Sport Package – Cooper S

17” alloy wheels in choice of design: two-tone Propeller Spoke; silver Cosmos Spoke; black  Cosmos Spoke; silver Tentacle Spoke; or upgrade to an 18” wheel

Full LED Headlights

LED taillights

LED Fog Lights

Dynamic Damper Control adjustable suspension

  • Technology Package

8.8-inch high-resolution widescreen display

Turn-by-turn navigation with real time-traffic information

MINI Connected XL with support for Journey Mate companion app, including Convertible Rain Warner feature, and the full MINI Connected app portfolio

Rear-view camera and rear parking sensors

2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible


Press Kit: the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible

MINI John Cooper Works Convertible

From the BMW Group PressClub Global press kit:

The new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible.
Profile.

• John Cooper Works now launches the second top athlete of the new model generation; new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible invites racing fans to enjoy extreme driving fun in a particularly exclusive way; unique vehicle concept in the small car segment combining authentic racing feel with intense open-air enjoyment, complete with the premium quality and mature product substance of the new MINI generation.

Thrilling performance properties and extrovert charisma; drive, suspension technology and aerodynamics developed on the basis of well-established racing expertise; distinctive design features in the unmistakable style of John Cooper Works and clearly differentiated from the new MINI Convertible.

2.0 litre 4-cylinder power unit developed exclusively for John Cooper Works models; current engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology as the basis; fascinating performance characteristics and highly emotional sound development due to distinctive design of pistons, turbocharger and exhaust system; the most powerful engine in the MINI portfolio with 170 kW/231 bhp; output increase of 15 kW/20 hp as compared to the predecessor model and 29 kW/39 hp as compared to the new MINI Cooper S Convertible: maximum torque: 320 Newton metres; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed Steptronic sport transmission available as an option; combined EU fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km (automatic: 5.9 l/100 km, combined EU CO2 emissions: 152 g/km (138 g/km).

Extremely sporty acceleration and elasticity figures; 0 – 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds (minus 0.3 seconds) with manual transmission and 6.5 seconds (minus 0.6 seconds) with Steptronic transmission, 80 – 120 km/h in 6.1 seconds (minus 0.7 seconds); top speed increased by 7 km/h to 242 km/h (automatic: 240 km/h).

Power transmission to the front wheels; high-quality suspension technology with set-up geared perfectly to the vehicle concept and engine performance characteristics; standard trim includes Brembo sports brake system, 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels Track Spoke silver and speed-related Servotronic steering support; Dynamic Damper Control available as an option; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) and Performance Control.

Powerfully expressive design with dynamically stretched silhouette, powerful surface shaping and optimised air routing in the style of John Cooper Works; large cooling air outlets in the front apron which also occupy the space provided for the parking lights and fog lamps in the MINI Convertible; distinctively designed side sills and rear apron; LED headlights with white turn indicators and LED rear lights as standard; radiator grille, side scuttles and tailgate with John Cooper Works logo; optional body finish in the variant Rebel Green exclusively available for John Cooper Works models.

New textile top with fully electrically powered, especially low-noise operation for the first time; fully automatic opening and closing of the soft top at the press of a button in 18 seconds, also during travel at speeds up to 30 km/h; sliding roof function available at any road speed; optional MINI Yours top with integrated high-end Union Jack graphic.

Vehicle dimensions, wheelbase and track width significantly larger than in predecessor model; optimised space on all four seats; rear seats with single-seat character and extended seat surface; luggage compartment capacity increased to 215 litres with the top closed and 160 litres with the top open; standard trim includes folding split backrest, enlarged through-loading facility and Easy Load function.

High-quality interior with refined premium ambience, modern display and operating concept of the latest MINI generation and the sports car cockpit typical of John Cooper Works models; fully integrated rollover protection bars behind the rear seats; John Cooper Works sports seats in Dinamica/fabric Carbon Black with integrated headrests; John Cooper Works door sill cover strips; John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles in conjunction with the 6-speed Steptronic sport transmission; John Cooper Works gearshift or selector lever; cockpit displays and central instrument surround in model-specific design; pedals and driver footrest in stainless steel.

Highly rigid body structure with convertible-specific bracing elements for an agile driving response with maximum occupant protection; complete set of standard safety features with front airbags, head-thorax airbags integrated in the backrests, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, ISOFIX child seat mountings for the front passenger seat and at the rear, tyre pressure display and partially active engine compartment lid for optimum pedestrian protection; needs-based control of the restraint systems and rollover protection by means of centralised safety electronics.

Standard trim includes fully automatic soft top operation, air conditioning, MINI Driving Modes, Radio MINI Boost with AUX-IN and USB socket, as well as Park Distance Control.

Exclusive optional equipment and John Cooper Works tuning accessories; optional MINI Head-Up Display with John Cooper Works specific display content; MINI Driving Assistant; Parking Assistant; rear view camera; 2-zone automatic air conditioning with convertible mode; Always Open Timer with new display content; new wind deflector with reduced weight and simplified attachment; Comfort Access; rain sensor with automatic driving lights control: MINI Excitement Package including MINI Logo projection from the exterior mirror onto the ground in front of the door on the driver’s side; MINI navigation system and Wired equipment package including navigation system Professional with MINI Touch Controller; Bluetooth mobile phone preparation; exterior mirror caps in Chili Red; 18-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels CupSpoke 2-tone; John Cooper Works bonnet stripes as well as exterior and interior components from the John Cooper Works Pro design line.

Complete MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; constantly updated selection of apps for integration in the car via smartphone; exclusive MINI functions such as MINI Streetwise, online search, Sports Instruments and Force Meter; MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with real time traffic radar and rain warning function; online-based services for the use of social networks as well as entertainment offers such as Spotify, AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody, TuneIn and GoPro.

Engines, driving performance figures, fuel consumption and emissions:
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control), capacity: 1998 cc, output: 170 kW/231 hp at 5 200 – 6 000 rpm, torque: 320 Nm at 1 250 – 4 800 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.6 seconds (automatic: 6.5 seconds), top speed: 242 km/h (240 km/h), average fuel consumption*: 6.5 (5.9 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 152 g/km (138 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

Exterior dimensions:
Length: 3 874 millimetres
Width: 1 727 millimetres
Height: 1 415 millimetres
Wheelbase: 2 495 millimetres


2016 MINI Clubman reviews

2016 MINI Clubman

In September 2015, MINI debuted the second-generation MINI Clubman and in December 2015 gave reviewers in the US a chance to drive the Clubman in Savannah, Georgia.  View our comprehensive list of reviews from major automotive magazines and websites.

Auto Express: New MINI Clubman 2015 review [September 24, 2015]

Auto Express: New MINI Cooper D Clubman 2015 review [November 6, 2015]

Automobile: 2016 Mini Clubman Review [December 22, 2015]

Autoweek: 2016 Mini Clubman first drive: Plus-sized Mini [January 4, 2016]

BMWBLOG: First Drive: 2016 MINI Cooper D Clubman [December 15th, 2015]

Car and Driver: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman – First Drive Review [December 11, 2015]

CarsGuide: 2015 Mini Clubman Cooper S review | road test [December 11, 2015]

CNET: The 2016 Mini Clubman has enough room for your life (video) [December 10, 2015]

Edmunds.com: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman S Road Test [October 2, 2015]

evo: Mini Clubman Cooper S review – can the way it drives make up for those controversial looks? [December 11, 2015]

Forbes: With The 2016 Clubman, Mini Gets A Little Edgier And A Lot Bigger [October 27, 2015]

Forbes: MINI Cooper S Clubman: Peter Pan As Adult [January 1, 2016]

The Globe and Mail: Review: 2016 Mini Clubman moves up a size class [October 1, 2015]

Jalopnik: The 2016 Mini Clubman Is The Cool Mini For Grown-Ups [September 28, 2015]

Kelley Blue Book: 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman First Review [January 7, 2016]

LeftLane: First drive: 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman [Review] [December 17, 2015]

Motor Authority: 2016 MINI Cooper Clubman First Drive [December 19, 2015]

Motor Trend: 2016 MINI Clubman First Drive Review [December 25, 2015]

Motoring: MINI Clubman 2015 Review [October 8, 2015]

TFL: 2016 MINI Clubman Cooper S Review: The Biggest MINI Ever! [Video] [December 13, 2015]

The Telegraph: 2016 Mini Clubman estate driven [September 26, 2015]

The Telegraph: Mini Clubman review [December 11, 2015]

Top Gear: Mini Clubman Review [December 22, 2015]

Top Speed: 2016 Mini Clubman [September 25, 2015]

What Car?: 2015 Mini Clubman review [September 24, 2015]

Wheels.ca: The MINI Clubman grows up [December 15, 2015]


worldwide MINI sales for December 2015

2015 MINI lineup

Global MINI sales were down 1.1% for December.  However, MINI achieved its highest-ever sales figure in 2015.

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

MINI achieved a new all-time annual sales record in 2015 with a total of 338,466 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 12.0% compared with the previous year. A total of 127,194 MINI 3 doors were sold around the world in 2015 (+0.2%) while 94,788 customers took delivery of a MINI 5 door. The new MINI Clubman, which went on sale in October, was delivered to 8,003 customers.

 

Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW AG board member responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce commented: “We are delighted that our fresh new model range has achieved MINI’s best-ever sales result. The MINI 3 door is as popular as ever and the MINI 5 door has attracted many new customers to the brand. I am sure the new MINI Cabrio, due on the market in March, will provide further momentum going forward into 2016. Our success last year shows that the MINI is heading in the right direction.”

December 2015 December 2014 change 2015 2014 change
36,375 36,773 -1.1% 338,466 302,183 12.0%

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MINI USA sales for December 2015

MINI USA sales for December 2015

MINI USA sales down 24.3% for December, up over 4% from 2014.

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI Brand Sales

For December, MINI USA reports 5,009 automobiles sold, a decrease of 24.3 percent from the 6,615 sold in the same month a year ago. For the year, MINI USA sales are up 4.3 percent to 58,514 compared to 56,112 in 2014.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • In December, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 981 vehicles, up 12.0 percent over December 2014. For the year, MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) sales increased 23.1 percent to 11,621 compared to 9,444 in 2014.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for December were 2,279, an increase of 9.4 percent from December 2014.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for 2015 were 26,778, an 8.1 percent increase from 2014.

 

December 2015 October 2014 change 2015 2014 change
5,009 6,615 -24.3% 58,514 56,112 4.3%

See MINI sales in the USA by month.