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  • 2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Mini has confirmed plans to launch a new John Cooper Works GP in 2020 and now we have the first spy shots of prototypes. The JCW GP is a track-focused version of the Mini Hardtop, and the brand confirmed in January that the car will pack over 300 horsepower. A concept was rolled out at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show to preview the car, and judging by the prototypes in our spy shots, the production version will be virtually identical to the concept—right down to the oversized roof spoiler. The concept also wore an aggressive body kit, angrier front and rear fascia, and...

  • 2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots

    Mini is set to launch an electric car in 2019, and we've got the most revealing spy shots yet. As expected, Mini is using its signature Hardtop model for its first volume EV. But there isn't much to distinguish the electric version from its gasoline-powered siblings, at least visually. The car was...

  • 2020 Mini Cooper S E Hardtop spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Electric Mini Hardtop will be badged a Cooper S E

    Mini will mimic Tesla's strategy of playing up the performance aspect of electric powertrains when it launches its first volume EV this year in the form of an electric Hardtop. As a result, the car will arrive as a Cooper S E Hardtop, Mini confirmed on Monday. The same designation is used for the...

  • 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP teaser
    Mini John Cooper Works GP returns next year, will pack 300-plus hp

    For Mini fans, the performance hierarchy goes S, John Cooper Works, and, rarely, John Cooper Works GP. The last time Mini graced fans with a GP model was 2013, and after seven years, the badge will return. Mini announced Wednesday that 2020 John Cooper Works GP model will pack more than 300...

  • 195 Morris Mini Minor on Jay Leno's Garage
    1965 Morris Mini Minor scoots into Jay Leno's Garage

    Jay Leno's Garage took a step back into the swinging 1960s in its latest episode with a 1965 Morris Mini Minor that's been with its current owner for more than four decades. Steve Nelson purchased the car from what he believes is the original owner when he was 17 years old. He had a fascination...

  • 2019 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop
    2019 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop and Convertible make debut

    Mini launched an updated version of its Hardtop earlier in the year and on Wednesday the covers came off the car's John Cooper Works performance variant. Both the updated JCW Hardtop and Convertible have been revealed. The updates represent a mid-cycle update for the current third generation of the...

  • Teaser for Mini Electric arriving in 2019

    Mini on Thursday gave us our first look at some of the design of its electric Hardtop due in 2019. The vehicle was previewed as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show, and judging by the latest teasers design elements from the show car will make it onto the upcoming production model. Specifically, the sealed-off grille with Mini's electric mobility logo and the unique four-spoke wheels from the concept will be faithfully transferred over to the production model. That accent bar running across the grille will actually light up. Mini is currently testing prototypes for the car, which is...

  • 2020 Mini Clubman facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Mini Clubman spy shots

    The modern Mini's third-generation family is in the process of being updated. The first members off the line were the Mini Hardtop and Convertible, which were shown in January at the 2018 Detroit auto show. It looks like the Mini Clubman will be the next member to be updated, as evidenced by the...

  • Classic Mini with electric powertrain
    Classic Mini made electric for New York auto show

    Mini didn't have a new car to present at the 2018 New York auto show. Instead, it had an old one. A very old one. The British brand unveiled a classic Mini on Wednesday in the Big Apple, one with an electric powertrain conversion. Why, you ask? Mini will launch an electric version of its Hardtop...

  • Mini Electric Concept rendering, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Mini plans to build electric vehicles in China

    BMW Group, Mini's parent automaker, has signed a letter of intent to initiate a joint venture with China's Great Wall to produce battery-electric Minis in the country. Currently, the Mini plant in Oxford, England, is set to produce an electric Mini in 2019. The German automaker said production...

  • Mini Electric Concept rendering, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Report: Next-gen Minis could come from China, ride on platform deveoped with Great Wall

    The BMW Group is in the requirements phase for its next-generation Mini family and options on the table reportedly include building the cars in China on a platform shared with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor. Bloomberg last October reported that BMW was in talks with Great Wall over plans to...

  • 2019 Mini Hardtop
    Meet the new 2019 Mini Hardtop, same as the old Mini

    The new 2019 Mini Cooper hatchback and convertible broke cover Tuesday, lifted straight from the pages of "If It Ain't Broke." Not much on the new model has changed, aside from small touches on the front bumper, Union Jack on the taillights outside, new logos, and bigger touchscreen infotainment on...

  • Mini Yours Customized offerings

    Once strictly the domain of the ultra-luxury marques, Mini is now offering a high level of personalization for its cars. Under the banner of Mini Yours Customized, Mini owners from March will be able to personalize numerous areas of their cars including the dash trim, fender vents, puddle lamps and more. It’s all made economically feasible thanks to 3D printing and laser etching. A Mini owner simply designs the parts using a configurator on the automaker’s website, with a number of templates available to make things easier. The parts are then produced and delivered within a matter...

  • 2019 Mini Hardtop facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Mini Hardtop spy shots

    Mini’s third-generation Hardtop is encroaching on the midway point in its life cycle and will soon be updated to keep it looking and feeling fresh. A prototype for the updated model has just been spotted ahead of a likely debut early next year. We should see it arrive in showrooms as a 2019...

  • Mini’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
    Mini adds dual-clutch transmission

    Mini is adding a third transmission option to its lineup in the form of a 7-speed dual-clutch unit that boasts faster gear shifts and improved efficiency compared to the manual and automatic transmissions currently on offer. Though yet to be confirmed for the United States, the DCT will be made...

  • BMW Group celebrates delivery of 100,000 electrified cars in 2017
    BMW Group delivers over 100,000 electrified cars in 2017

    The BMW Group has reached its goal of delivering more than 100,000 electrified cars in 2017. The total includes hybrids and electric cars sold across the BMW and Mini brands. The 100,000th car was a BMW i3 finished in blue. It was handed over to its owner at the BMW Group headquarters in Munich...

  • Mini logo
    Mini introduces new logo

    Mini has revealed a new, more streamlined logo that will start appearing on the brand’s cars from March 2018. The new design does away with the three-dimensional, two-tone logo that has featured on every Mini since the brand was relaunched in 2000 under the guidance of the BMW Group. The...

  • Mini John Cooper Works Buggy for 2018 Dakar Rally
    Mini John Cooper Works Buggy revealed for 2018 Dakar Rally

    Mini and the X-Raid Team will head to the 2018 Dakar Rally with not one, but two rally racers. The Mini John Cooper Works Rally will return, but the all-new John Cooper Works Buggy also will tear up the terrain. Mini revealed the Buggy rally racer Tuesday and noted its rear-wheel-drive layout...

  • the MINI John Cooper Works Tuning Kit

    Mini has taken to the 2017 SEMA show floor and brought with it a number of upgrade gifts. Owners of the Countryman and Clubman now have a foot in the John Cooper Works mod game thanks to a new kit. It's not just a looks upgrade either, as Mini is ready to unlock some more power as well. This is a proper use of SEMA for an automaker, one that's providing a little show and a dash of go. The JCW Tuning Kit includes a fresh exhaust system and a reflash of the engine management software. Thanks to the combination of reduced back pressure and a more eager ECU, the kit increases power output of...

  • Mini production in Oxford, United Kingdom
    Your next Mini could come from China

    Your next Mini could be sourced from a plant in China if a report from Bloomberg proves accurate. Mini’s BMW Group parent is allegedly in talks with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor over a deal to start Mini production in China, for local sale as well as export. The majority of Minis are...

  • BMW with Alexa integration
    Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant coming to BMWs and Minis

    The BMW Group is the latest automaker to announce the addition of Amazon’s Alexa to its cars. The cloud-based voice activation system will start appearing in all BMW and Mini models from mid-2018. Voice activation has been around for years but most systems are still finicky things that more...

  • Mini John Cooper Works GP concept
    Concept hints at new Mini John Cooper Works GP

    Mini is hinting at a new generation of its John Cooper Works GP with a concept on show this week at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show. For those unfamiliar with the GP badge, it denotes a vehicle one step above the John Cooper Works grade. Mini tends to use it towards the end of the...

  • Mini Electric Concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    New concept previews Mini electric car coming in 2019

    BMW Group’s Mini brand was an early pioneer of mainstream electric cars. Some readers will recall the brand leased the Hardtop-based Mini E electric car on a trial basis late last decade to help gather feedback from the public. The BMW Group used the feedback for the i3 launched in 2014. But...

  • Mini E
    Electric Mini Hardtop confirmed for 2019

    Mini will launch an electric version of its Hardtop in 2019, the brand confirmed on Tuesday. It’s been known since October that Mini was working on an electric car, but this is the first time the brand has revealed what body style the vehicle will have. Mini will build the electric Hardtop at...

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