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2014 MINI colors

2014 MINI colors

Above is the entire lineup of colors for the new 2014 MINI Hardtop (F56) from MINIUSA.com.

From left to right: Pepper White, Volcanic Orange, Moonwalk Grey Metallic, Blazing Red Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, British Racing Green II Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Thunder Grey Metallic, Iced Chocolate Metallic, White Silver Metallic.

See all of the past MINI colors on our comprehensive MINI Colors page.

 

 


worldwide MINI sales for 2012

MINI John Cooper Works Coupe

We already posted worldwide MINI sales for December 2012 which included the full year 2012 sales.  But MINI just released some more figures, including specific figures for the MINI Countryman and MINI Coupé and percentages by trim level.  Note that the MINI Coupé sales comparison is for a full year 2012 versus just three months of 2011 (October through December).

From BMW Group PressClub Global:

The MINI brand surpassed the sales volume threshold of 300,000 units for the first time in a single year with the number of cars sold up by 5.8% to 301,526 units (2011: 285,060 units). The MINI Countryman put in an extremely strong performance and recorded a 14.9% increase to 102,271 units (2011: 89,036 units). Sales of the MINI Coupé rose to 11,311 units (2011: 3,799 units), almost tripling the volume recorded one year earlier. In terms of model mix, 44.5% of customers opted for the MINI Cooper, 35.7% for the MINI Cooper S and 19.8% for the MINI One.

Read the entire press release BMW Group continues on successful course in 2012.

 


MINI releases updated John Cooper Works press book

MINI John Cooper Works press book
MINI has released an updated version of its online press book called MINI John Cooper Works which covers all current aspects of the performance sub-brand.  The electronic press book is available in English and German and contains over 100 pages of text, tables, and photographs.  It covers all MINI JCW models including the forthcoming 2013 MINI JCW Paceman. The content is divided into six main sections:

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Models
  • Tuning
  • Motorsport
  • Specifications

You can also download the MINI John Cooper Works press book in English (PDF 132 MB) and German (PDF 132 MB).


MINI colors page updated for 2013

2013 MINI Paceman in Brilliant Copper Metallic

Now that the complete model year 2013 MINI family has emerged, we have updated our MINI colors page.  There are several new colors for next year:

color Model(s)
Blazing Red Metallic  Countryman, Paceman
Brilliant Copper Metallic  Countryman, Paceman
Starlight Blue Metallic  Paceman
Thunder Grey Metallic  John Cooper Works GP

MINI divides the colors into two groups: those for the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, and Roadster (models all built in Oxford, England) and those for the Countryman and Paceman (models built in Graz, Austria).

For 2013, there are 15 colors available for the Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe, and Roadster: Pepper White, Chili Red, Ice Blue, British Racing Green II, Lightning Blue, White Silver, Eclipse Gray, Midnight Black, Highclass Gray, Reef Blue, Kite Blue, Velvet Silver, Rooftop Gray, Iced Chocolate, Spice Orange.

For 2013, there are 12 colors available for the Countryman and Paceman: Light White, Light Coffee, Chili Red, Absolute Black, Oxford Green, Royal Gray, True Blue, Crystal Silver, Cosmic Blue, Blazing Red, Brilliant Copper, Starlight Blue.

In addition, there is one exclusive color for the MINI JCW GP called Thunder Grey Metallic.

Some 2012 colors were discontinued to make way for the new ones: Hot Chocolate Metallic, Laguna Green Metallic, Laser Blue Metallic, Rolls-Royce Diamond Black Metallic (limited-edition color) and Countryman colors Bright Yellow, Pure Red, and Surf Blue.


MINI Paceman UK specifications brochure

MINI Paceman UK specifications brochure

DESIGN WITH BITE.

THE NEW MINI PACEMAN.

There are some things you just have to have straight away, and once you’ve got your hands on them, you’ll never want to let them go. With its powerful lines and high-performance engines, the new MINI Paceman is one of those things – a masterful combination of design and power. The strong engine line-up in the new MINI Paceman, capable of up to 184 horsepower, ensures outstanding performance time and again. The new MINI Paceman is also available with the optional ALL4 all-wheel drive system. And if you’re looking for an adrenaline-fuelled drive, the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman will soon be available. Ambient Lighting helps create the perfect atmosphere in the stylish interior, featuring elegant door ellipses, and the two individual seats in the rear provide the necessary comfort for a true lounge environment. For more information on the new MINI Paceman, visit www.MINI.co.uk/Paceman. Contact your MINI Dealer to arrange a test drive from March 2013.

Download the MINI Paceman UK specifications brochure.


MINI releases online John Cooper Works press book

MINI John Cooper Works press book
MINI has released an online press book called MINI John Cooper Works which covers all current aspects of the performance sub-brand.  The electronic press book is available in English and German and contains about 100 pages of text, tables, and photographs.  It covers all MINI JCW models including the forthcoming 2013 MINI JCW GP and MINI JCW Countryman. The content is divided into six main sections:

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Models
  • Tuning
  • Motorsport
  • Specifications
You can also download the MINI John Cooper Works press book in English (PDF 115 MB) and German (PDF 169 MB).

2006 MINI GP vs. 2013 MINI JCW GP

2006 MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit

2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP

Now that the European specifications for the new MINI JCW GP have emerged, We thought we’d compare the figures with the original 2006 MINI GP.  The 2013 MINI JCW GP is longer, but slightly less wide and a bit lower.  The new version is 88 pounds (40 kg) heavier but makes up for it with a slight power increase from 215 hp to 218 hp.

MINI is trumpeting the new JCW GP’s fast time of 8:23 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, an 18-second improvement over the 2006 GP’s time of 8:41.

So if the weight has gone up and the power is up only slightly, where does the improved performance come from?  Three major improvements come in the aerodynamics, suspension, and brakes of the new GP.  Here are the specification and performance figures for comparison.

2006 MINI Cooper S with
John Cooper Works GP Kit
2013 MINI
John Cooper Works GP
Dimensions
Length 143.9″ (3655 mm) 148.6″ (3774 mm)
Width 66.5″ (1689 mm) 66.3″ (1683 mm)
Height 55.8″ (1417 mm) 54.8″ (1393 mm)
Wheelbase 97.1″ (2467 mm) 97.1″ (2467 mm)
Weight 2,469 lb (1120 kg)  2,557 lb (1160 kg)
Drag Coefficient 0.35 0.35
Engine and Transmission
Type and Displacement Supercharged
Inline 4 Cylinder 1,598 cm³
Turbocharged
Inline 4 cylinder 1,598 cm³
Power 215 hp (159 kW) @ 7,100 rpm 218 hp (160 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) @ 1750–5750 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed Manual,
front-wheel drive
6-Speed Manual,
front-wheel drive
Suspension
Front MacPherson MacPherson
Rear Multi-Link Four-link
Brakes
Front 12.4″ (315 mm) Vented Disc 13.0″ (330 mm) Vented Disc
Rear 11.0″ (280 mm) Vented Disc 11.0″ (280 mm) Vented Disc
Wheels and Tires
Wheels 18″ x 8″ Alloy 17″ x 7.5″ Alloy
Tires 205/40-R18 Performance 215/40-R17 87W Performance
Price
MSRP (Including Destination) $31,150 N/A
Performance
Top Speed 146 mph (235 km/h) 150 mph (242 km/h)
Acceleration (0-62 mph) 6.5 seconds 6.3 seconds
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 24.7/38.0/29.3 mpg N/A

[Sources:MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit brochure, BMW Group PressClub Global.]


MINI USA announces model year 2013 prices

2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman

MINI USA just released pricing and options changes for MY2013.  The MINI Hardtop, Convertible, and Clubman increased by $200.  The MINI Coupe has the smallest increase at $150.  The MINI Roadster jumps up $1,200 but now includes the semi-automatic roof and rear wind deflector as standard equipment.  Model year 2013 production in Oxford begins next month, but the Austrian-build Countryman must wait until November for the changeover.

All 2013 pricing includes a $700 Destination and Handling charge (unchanged from 2012).

Model/Variant MY2013 MY2012
MINI Hardtop
Cooper $20,400 $20,200
Cooper S $24,000 $23,800
John Cooper Works $30,800 $30,600
MINI Coupe
Cooper $22,150 $22,000
Cooper S $25,450 $25,300
John Cooper Works $32,050 $31,900
MINI Roadster
Cooper $26,250 $25,050
Cooper S $29,250 $28,050
John Cooper Works $36,400 $35,200
MINI Clubman
Cooper $22,100 $21,900
Cooper S $25,800 $25,600
John Cooper Works $33,000 $32,800
MINI Convertible
Cooper $25,850 $25,650
Cooper S $28,850 $28,650
John Cooper Works $36,000 $35,800
MINI Countryman
Cooper $ TBA* $22,450
Cooper S $ TBA* $26,050
Cooper S ALL4 $ TBA* $27,750
MINI John Cooper Works GP $ TBA*
MINI Cooper Clubvan $ TBA*

*MY 2013 MINI Countryman, Clubvan and John Cooper Works GP pricing will be announced closer to their respective launches in the fall.

Key Equipment / Technology Changes

Bluetooth will be standard on every 2013 MY vehicle (formerly a $500 option), replacing Sirius Satellite Radio.

  • Sirius will now be an option ($250) and includes a one-year subscription.

The Technology package now includes Sirius Satellite radio, Comfort Access in addition to the existing MINI Connected feature. A center armrest (with integrated iPhone adapter pre-wiring) is also included.

A new Premium package ($1,250) has been added for the MINI Hardtop and Clubman that includes the three most-popular options—a Dual-pane panoramic sunroof, Automatic wipers and Automatic climate control. Bundled together, they offer a $500 discount.

Specific Color / Option Changes by Model

MINI Roadster
The semi-automatic roof and rear wind deflector are now standard on all MY 2013 Roadster variants.

2013 MY Production
MY 2013 production of MINI Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Coupe and Roadster will begin in July 2012.

MY 2013 production of MINI Countryman will begin in November 2012.

MY 2013 production of MINI Clubvan will begin in September 2012.

MY 2013 production of the John Cooper Works GP will begin in the fall (exact timing to be confirmed.)

[Source: 2013 MINI LINEUP PRICING AND EQUIPMENT UPDATES]


Road & Track handling test summary

MINI John Cooper Works Coupe

This summer, MINI USA is running a MINI Test Drive Takedown campaign which compares the six MINI models against their competitors.  Here at the Library of Motoring we are going to do the same using published facts and figures.  Today we have the first of the series.

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In the back pages of every issue of Road & Track magazine you’ll find their Road Test Summary.  They test mostly performance cars for acceleration, top speed, braking, and handling.  In March 2012, they tested both the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe and the MINI Cooper S (Hardtop).  The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman was tested in January 2012.

Because handling is what MINIs are well-known for, this summary is focused on that category.  Road & Track tests handling on the skidpad and slalom:

HANDLING is quantified two ways: The skidpad measures steady-speed cornering grip around a 200-ft.-diameter circle (run in both directions). The slalom, run through eight cones spaced at 100-ft. intervals, samples both controllability and grip during transient handling.
Significant difference: Skidpad, 0.02 g; slalom, 1.0 mph.

The table below is arranged by slalom speed with the fastest at the top.  It includes a sampling of performance cars all costing more than the MINI JCW Coupe’s as-tested price (except for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution SE) and all with much higher horsepower.  As you can see from the figures, the MINIs are in impressive company with the JCW Coupe especially standing out in the list.

Road & Track handling test summary

Make & Model Price as
Tested
Power,
hp
Torque,
lb-ft
Skidpad,
g
Slalom,
mph
Porsche 911 GT2 RS $260,980 620 516 1.02 75.9
Nissan GT-R $95,280 545 463 0.97 75.0
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 $98,010 505 470 1.06 74.1
Aston Martin V8 Vantage S $157,670 430 361 0.97 73.7
Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR $98,110 600 560 1.12 73.4
BMW 1 Series M Coupe $50,460 335 332 0.95 73.4
Lotus Evora S $88,795 345 295 0.99 73.1
MINI JCW Coupe $38,850 208 192 0.91 71.8
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti Limited $39,870 305 290 0.91 70.9
Audi TT RS $61,125 360 343 0.95 70.7
Jaguar XKR-S $132,875 542 502 0.91 70.7
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution SE $36,550 291 300 0.97 70.2
Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV $480,325 670 487 0.97 70.0
Ford Shelby GT500 $55,330 550 510 1.01 69.9
Nissan Nismo 370Z $39,540 350 276 0.93 69.9
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport $2,765,840 1184 1106 0.99 69.6
MINI Cooper S $29,700 181 177 0.90 69.4
MINI JCW Clubman $35,350 208 192 0.87 69.3
Ferrari California $200,822 453 358 0.96 69.2
Cheverolet Camaro SS Convertible $42,180 426 420 0.89 68.4
Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG $143,460 518 465 0.89 66.6

We will have more comparisons in the coming weeks.


MINI range comprises 41 variants

2012 MINI family

With the launch of the MINI Roadster last weekend, the MINI family expanded to six models.  Each family member comes in various model levels.  In a recent press release, BMW gave a figure for the total number of MINI variants:

The latest developments in the model range, which now comprises a total of 41 variants, create even greater scope for customers to experience the hallmark MINI style and unsurpassed driving fun of the brand’s cars in their own individual way.

In the US—because we don’t get the MINI First, MINI One, or any diesel models such as the One D, Cooper D, or Cooper SD—there are currently only 19 variants on sale.

BMW didn’t list the 41 variants, so below is our attempt to list them all.

MINI Variants

# Model Model Code – US Availability, and Notes
1 MINI First R56 – UK only.
2 MINI One R56 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Baker Street.
3 MINI One MINIMALISM  55 kW R56 – Not available in the US.
4 MINI One MINIMALISM  72 kW R56 – Not available in the US.
5 MINI One D R56 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Baker Street.
6 MINI Cooper R56 – Special Editions: Baker Street and Bayswater.
7 MINI Cooper D R56 – Not available in the US. Special Editions: Baker Street and Bayswater.
8 MINI Cooper S R56 – Special Editions: Bayswater and INSPIRED BY GOODWOOD (1,000).
9 MINI Cooper SD R56 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Bayswater.
10 MINI One Convertible R57 – Not available in the US.
11 MINI Cooper Convertible R57 – Special Edition: Highgate.
12 MINI Cooper D Convertible R57 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Highgate.
13 MINI Cooper S Convertible R57 – Special Edition: Highgate.
14 MINI Cooper SD Convertible R57 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Highgate.
15 MINI One Clubman R55 – Not available in the US.
16 MINI One D Clubman R55 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Hampton.
17 MINI Cooper Clubman R55 – Special Edition: Hampton.
18 MINI Cooper D Clubman R55 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Hampton.
19 MINI Cooper S Clubman R55 – Special Edition: Hampton.
20 MINI Cooper SD Clubman R55 – Not available in the US. Special Edition: Hampton.
21 MINI One Countryman R60 – Not available in the US.
22 MINI One D Countryman R60 – Not available in the US.
23 MINI Cooper Countryman R60
24 MINI Cooper D Countryman R60 – Not available in the US.
25 MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4 R60 – Not available in the US.
26 MINI Cooper S Countryman R60
27 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 R60
28 MINI Cooper SD Countryman R60 – Not available in the US.
29 MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 R60 – Not available in the US.
30 MINI Cooper Coupe R58
31 MINI Cooper S Coupe R58
32 MINI Cooper SD Coupe R58 – Not available in the US.
33 MINI Cooper Roadster R59
34 MINI Cooper S Roadster R59
35 MINI Cooper SD Roadster R59 – Not available in the US.
36 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop R56
37 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible R57
38 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman R55
39 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman R60
40 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe R58
41 MINI John Cooper Works Roadster R59

Important variants in the past were the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit (based on the R53) and the MINI E an all-electric MINI field-tested by BMW over the past few years.  The non-street-legal MINI CHALLENGE was for race use only.