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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]

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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]