MINI – Automobile http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars - Automotive Magazine Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:13:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Mini John Cooper Works Challenge is a Sharpened Track Toy http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mini-john-cooper-works-challenge-sharpened-track-toy/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mini-john-cooper-works-challenge-sharpened-track-toy/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=956355 The 2016 Mini John Cooper Works is a fun little hatch, but there’s always room for improvement, especially for track days. With that in mind, the automaker is unveiling the new Mini John Cooper Works Challenge, a limited- and special-edition model featuring just enough upgraded hardware to make the hatch a stronger track toy. To...

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The 2016 Mini John Cooper Works is a fun little hatch, but there’s always room for improvement, especially for track days. With that in mind, the automaker is unveiling the new Mini John Cooper Works Challenge, a limited- and special-edition model featuring just enough upgraded hardware to make the hatch a stronger track toy.

To build the new JCW variant, Mini looked to the hardcore JCW race car that competes in the Mini Challenge series in the U.K. (thus the name). Among the upgrades is a limited-slip differential from Quaife and a suspension setup from Nitron that allows for quick adjustments to the damper units and camber. Mini opted to go with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are 215 millimeters wide, which are half an inch wider than the stock JCW. Combined with the 17-inch Team Dynamic Pro Race wheels, Mini says it has shaved 5.5 pounds of unsprung weight at each corner. Rounding out the important hardware upgrades are Mintex brake pads and Brembo calipers.

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The twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 is untouched and still produces 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is the only gearbox available. Visual details include White Silver paint, red accents, a JCW Pro aero kit, and carbon fiber accents.

The Mini JCW Challenge will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month before going on sale. The bad news — Mini says it’ll only build 100 units and won’t sell them outside of the U.K. That said, the upgrades are fairly easy to replicate, and could probably be done at a lower price — the JCW Challenge will retail for 32,000 British pounds or about $45,340.

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Mini Clubman ALL4 Scrambler Concept is Inspired by a Dirt Bike http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mini-clubman-all4-scrambler-concept-is-inspired-by-a-dirt-bike/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mini-clubman-all4-scrambler-concept-is-inspired-by-a-dirt-bike/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:06:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=953599 Mini has transformed its Clubman wagon into an off-road beast. But unfortunately, just for this one-off concept vehicle. The Mini Clubman All4 Scrambler recently debuted in Italy where it showed off its knobbly tires ready to conquer light off-roading adventures. The wagon takes significant inspiration from the BMW R Ninet Scrambler motorcycle, including its raised...

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Mini has transformed its Clubman wagon into an off-road beast. But unfortunately, just for this one-off concept vehicle.

The Mini Clubman All4 Scrambler recently debuted in Italy where it showed off its knobbly tires ready to conquer light off-roading adventures. The wagon takes significant inspiration from the BMW R Ninet Scrambler motorcycle, including its raised suspension. The Mini also borrows the same Frozen Gray paint color and uses the same circular headlights as the motorcycle.

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Harkening back to the Mini Traveller cars from the 1970s, the All4 Scrambler comes with a handy luggage rack. Silver detailing around the grille surround, door handles, and windows gives the rugged wagon a hint of elegance. Inside the cabin, look for Alcantara and Nappa leather upholstery as well as “Scrambler” badging.

In a weird way, the concept reminds us a bit of the Kia Trail’ster from last year. But somehow, this Mini looks like it would be more fun to take off the beaten path. We will likely never know, as both of these vehicles are only concepts.

Mini debuted an all-wheel-drive Clubman model this year, although it features the same ground clearance as front-drive Clubman models. Previously, all-wheel drive was exclusive to the Countryman and Paceman crossovers.

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Cardboard Morris Mini Minor Crammed Into Mini Countryman http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cut-original-1959-morris-mini-minor-fits-inside-mini-countryman/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/cut-original-1959-morris-mini-minor-fits-inside-mini-countryman/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:48:56 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=952821 Modern Minis are no longer mini in size. The standard hatchback is now on the larger side of the subcompact scale while the Mini Clubman is essentially a small wagon with the same dimensions as a Volkswagen Golf hatchback.  Practical Classics, a U.K.-based magazine, has revealed via Facebook that Dutch Mini enthusiast Jeroe Booij, and...

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Modern Minis are no longer mini in size. The standard hatchback is now on the larger side of the subcompact scale while the Mini Clubman is essentially a small wagon with the same dimensions as a Volkswagen Golf hatchback.  Practical Classics, a U.K.-based magazine, has revealed via Facebook that Dutch Mini enthusiast Jeroe Booij, and his photgrapher friend Arno Lingerak, have proved a classic 1959 Morris Mini Minor can fit inside a Mini Countryman.

Using cardboard, rulers, glue, and pens, the two secretly built a cut-out of a 1959 Morris Mini Minor and stuffed it into the Countryman. Practical Classics says that originally, the pair wanted to drive a real car into the Countryman, but they ultimately decided against it because they didn’t want to tear down the interior, and the narrow hatch wouldn’t have been wide enough for the classic Mini to even fit. Luckily, big parts like the roof and rear end didn’t present much issue getting crammed inside, allowing the pair to finish stuffing the Mini Minor cutout into the interior with only its front end being squeezed.

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Mini is gearing up to launch the special-edition Mini Seven, complete with custom wheels and a colorful interior. The model takes its name from the Austin Seven, the first classic Mini ever produced and the twin to the Morris Mini Minor back in 1959.

The Seven, based off the Mini Hardtop, comes to market late this summer. It will be available in two- and four-door versions and in Cooper and Cooper S trims. A six-speed manual is standard on all models, but can be replaced by an optional seven-speed automatic.

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Buyers have a choice between four paint colors: Lapisluxury Blue, Pepper White, Midnight Black, and British Racing Green. Regardless of the body color, the roof and mirror caps are painted in Melting Silver. Bonnet stripes feature Melting Silver as the main color, with Malt Brown serving as a surround. Also look for specially designed two-color 17-inch wheels, or optional 18-inch Vanity Spoke wheels.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find a standard 6.5-inch infotainment system and “Seven” badging. Also standard are Malt Brown accents on the armrests as well as sports seats covered partially in black leather. But like so many other Minis, drivers can customize much of the interior to their liking. Drivers can opt for seats with Cross Punch Carbon Black leather, Lounge Satellite Grey Leather, and Carbon Black leather. Plucked from the MINI Yours line, multiple interior styles are available, including Dark Cottonwood, Fibre Alloy, and Off-White. A larger 8.8-inch screen is also an option.

This isn’t the first time Mini has borrowed the Seven name. It launched a special edition model in 2001, and again in 2005.

The new Seven is the first special-edition model of the new Mini generation. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

 

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We Hear: Small Sedan Wouldn’t Fit the Mini Brand, No Plans for EV http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hear-small-sedan-wouldnt-fit-mini-brand-no-plans-ev/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hear-small-sedan-wouldnt-fit-mini-brand-no-plans-ev/#respond Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:37:22 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=934638 As we reported earlier this month, Mini will focus on five “superhero” models that will help reshape the brand. But a new report casts doubt on whether Mini will bring out a compact sedan as one of its bread-and-butter offerings. Speaking with Automotive News, Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said, “If you look at the global...

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As we reported earlier this month, Mini will focus on five “superhero” models that will help reshape the brand. But a new report casts doubt on whether Mini will bring out a compact sedan as one of its bread-and-butter offerings.

Speaking with Automotive News, Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said, “If you look at the global industry and ask me which segment is the most interesting on a volume basis, it is clearly the compact sedan. But does a compact sedan fit the Mini brand? I don’t think so.”

Still, the automaker isn’t ruling out a small sedan completely. Schwarzenbauer noted he has seen proposals for such a car but hasn’t come across anything that fits the brand.

Mini says bringing the Superleggera concept to life presents an entirely different problem. While the roadster fits the brand’s image, it makes for a tough business case. Schwarzenbauer quelled rumors that the Superlegerra could use the aluminum chassis and electric powertrain from the BMW i3, saying the all-electric box car was never made with an architecture that it could share with Mini.

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In fact, Mini currently has no plans for a pure EV, Schwarzenbauer said. Plug-in hybrids, however, are possible. “Should we get to the stage when big cities say ‘downtown you’re only allowed to drive electrically,’ we need to make sure Mini can offer that,” he said.

The Superleggera will likely get a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Meanwhile, Mini hinted we won’t see a small vehicle based on the Rocketman concept anytime soon, given that the brand doesn’t have an architecture it could use for the car.

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While bringing Mini back from the dead in 2001 was far from easy for parent company BMW and its R&D department, the effort ended up paying huge dividends. The Cooper turned out to be an automotive phenomenon at the time and a massive sales success, as were the Clubman and Countryman that followed to a lesser extent.

But the rush to capitalize on the brand’s momentum since then hasn’t gone all that smoothly. Niche models like the Coupe, Roadster, and Paceman flopped epically and won’t be back. And while the four-door Cooper has done well — sales were up 10 percent in 2015 primarily due to the arrival of the second-gen model — most new Minis simply haven’t been as as hot as those first cars were. It’s easy to understand why to a certain extent; the hype and excitement around the brand has died down, and the next game-changing model has yet to materialize.

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Products like the all-new Countryman XL and plug-in Countryman are on the way within a year but probably won’t move the needle much. The next generation debut of the brand’s core model, the two-door Mini Cooper, has been moved back by a year until late 2021, so there’s nothing new on that front for a while. And the long-awaited cooperation agreement with Toyota, which was due to be signed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, has yet to materialize and is becoming less likely with each passing day.

So what’s Mini doing then to reshape the brand? Its new leaders were quick to dismiss the Mini DNA of old but are now finding it much more difficult than expected to define the Mini of tomorrow. Instead of concentrating on the evolution of the product and the means required to implement it, the focus is more on the social framework in which its cars operate, talking to influencers and tapping their post-modern environment, and adding “Mini living” and “Mini fashion” as anti-mainstream elements. That’s all well and good as far as marketing goes, but where is the brand-shaping design, infotainment, ergonomics, assistance systems, alternative drivetrains, and innovation that will make Mini the must-have car for the well-heeled digital generation?

According to brand chief Sebastian Mackensen and his boss Peter Schwarzenbauer, it all hangs on five “superhero” models that will leverage a BMW-developed front-and all-wheel-drive platform called UKL, which is expected to form the basis for at least 13 new BMW and Mini models.

The current list of potential Mini “superheroes” is as follows:

  • The MiniMini — not unlike the Rocketman concept (pictured) we’ve previously seen
  • The Coolbox — a wonderfully hip four-door sedan that would move the brand into new territory
  • The Roomba — a small minivan
  • The Superleggera — an elitist roadster with a hybrid powertrain, a concept version we’ve seen before
  • The Traveller — a practical yet compact crossover that would revive a classic Mini moniker

 

There are two other proposals floating around — a car described as a stylish, five-door version of the dying Paceman and an all-electric vehicle that isn’t tied to a specific form — but the cars listed above are the top candidates.

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Of those five, the MiniMini, Roomba, and Superleggera are frontrunners for production, although the Roomba is definitely more maxi than Mini, the Superleggera would almost certainly bust budgets, and the MiniMini has no suitable platform it can dock on as of now, given that UKL is supposedly flexible in length and wheelbase but not width.

Clearly Mini is struggling to come up with a product portfolio that takes the brand to the next level. However it moves forward, there needs to be some serious substance to the lifestyle-oriented world of Mini in the form of cars that are as interesting and they are enticing — just like they were when the brand first came back.

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That wind-in-your-hair feeling. A more visceral driving experience. Whatever cliché you want to pick, there’s something great about driving with the roof down. Spring it washing its warm glow across the country, and our thoughts are turning from all-wheel-drive crossovers with heated seats to visions of open-air jaunts in our favorite roadsters.

The good news is that the virtues of a convertible transcend price tags and horsepower ratings; you can enjoy the joy of top-down motoring just as easily in an affordable, reasonably powered convertible as you can in a 200-mph, six-figure exotic. So long as you can lower your car’s roof and set off for a drive, the type of convertible doesn’t matter.

With that in mind, here are the 10 most affordable new convertibles you can buy in 2016. Any of these cars would be the perfect companion for taking advantage of beautiful days to soak up sunshine and scenery.

2016 Fiat 500C Pop: $21,390, including destination

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Customer enthusiasm for Fiat’s teensy 500 and 500C has cooled over the years, with sales falling steadily, but that doesn’t mean there are no reasons to consider the cheery 500C. Compact enough to fit into any parking space—and we mean any parking space—the 500C is perhaps the most sensible drop-top for city dwellers. The standard car comes with a 101-hp, 1.4-liter inline-four engine; we’d want to upgrade to the feistier turbocharged Abarth variant, which has 160 hp and an exhaust growl straight out of a Group B rally race.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4×4: $24,890

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The iconic off-roader comes with a folding fabric roof, though many owners choose to fit a hardtop instead. Yet with the Wrangler’s roof lowered, it’s easy to see why 202,702 Americans bought one last year: It can take you anywhere, with several trim levels offering varying components such as locking differentials and disconnecting anti-roll bars for scaling rugged terrain; it can seat four people; and if you unbolt the doors, you’re even more exposed to the elements than in a traditional convertible. Time is running out to get this version of the Jeep Wrangler, however, as an all-new model is likely to debut in 2017. Fortunately, Jeep plans to keep building the old one for a short time even after introducing the next-gen Wrangler.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport: $25,735

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We may have mentioned that we like the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Perhaps it was when we took the new car and its predecessors on a road trip through northern Michigan, when we thrashed it around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, or when we named it a 2016 AUTOMOBILE All-Star. The fact is, the Miata remains one of our go-to recommendations for anyone who wants an affordable, fun-to-drive roadster. Though its 2.0-liter engine makes only 155 hp, the Miata’s lightweight design—starting below 2,400 pounds—contributes to the car’s zesty acceleration, lithe handling, and strong braking. While cargo space is minimal and there are only two seats, it’s hard not to enjoy driving the MX-5.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T S: $26,310

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Channeling nostalgia for the original air-cooled model, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible trades practicality and cargo space for serious open-air charm. The power-operated top can be raised or lowered in just 9.5 seconds and speeds up to 31 mph, and buyers can pick a 170-hp or a 210-hp turbocharged engine. (The optional TDI diesel is not currently available for sale.) There’s even a funky Beetle Dune convertible (pictured) that channels visions of old-school Baja Bug racers. After we spent a year with a Four Seasons Beetle Convertible, we concluded that it was at its best when the top was lowered: “Flaws and all, it managed to charm us with its classic Beetle looks and fun-loving character. It just needs a warning: meant for top-down driving only.”

2016 Mini Cooper Convertible: $26,800

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The latest Mini Cooper Convertible, introduced to the U.S. in November 2015, is a little larger and more spacious than before, though the 2+2 layout still doesn’t provide that much room for back-seat passengers. Still, it has all the cute, funky style of other Cooper models, with buyers able to pick between a fuel-sipping, 135-hp, 1.5-liter inline-three turbo engine, a 189-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four for S models, and a racy 228-hp John Cooper Works model.

2016 Ford Mustang V-6 Convertible: $30,545

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When you think of taking three friends on an ice cream run on a summer day, the Mustang convertible may be the car you have in mind. Long one of America’s most iconic cars, the Ford Mustang coupe and convertible were updated for the 2015 model year with a fresh design, new technology, new engines, and perhaps most significant of all, independent rear suspension. We’re huge fans of the revamped Mustang and named it a 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Star. While we prefer the Mustang GT‘s traditionalist 5.0-liter V-8 engine, shoppers can save money by picking the 3.7-liter V-6 or the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four engine. Whichever powertrain you pick, the Mustang convertible is a great choice for top-down summer jaunts.

2016 Volkswagen Eos Komfort: $32,860

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Volkswagen’s Eos, with its power hard top, soldiers on for another year, offering buyers an affordable, stylish, and reasonably spacious way to drop the top. Production of the Eos ends this November, and the car’s price was slashed significantly this year as VW tries to sell off the remaining stock. The Eos was first introduced in the U.S. at the 2006 Los Angeles auto show, so it’s one of the most dated entries in Volkswagen showrooms, and sales have fallen over the past years. In 2015, Volkswagen sold only 2,993 Eos convertibles, down 12.3 percent from 2014.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1LT: $33,695

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America’s other classic ponycar, the Camaro, charges a bit more than the Mustang for open-air pleasure. As with the Camaro coupe, a new platform (called Alpha and shared with the Cadillac ATS) shaves significant weight. As with the Mustang, there are three engine choices—a turbo-four, a V-6, and an old-school V-8—plus a choice between manual and automatic transmissions. The Camaro convertible‘s power softtop lowers in seconds at speeds up to 30 mph and can even be opened or closed remotely (when the car is parked) via the key fob. As on the Mustang convertible, cargo space suffers a bit compared to the Camaro coupe, although styling is enhanced by the automatically deploying tonneau cover that conceals the fabric roof when it is lowered. “With the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, the soul of the car remains in place,” we wrote in March. “Instead of a one-dimensional parade car, the Camaro convertible remains a driver’s car, only one with a bigger, more well-rounded personality.”

2016 Buick Cascada 1SV: $33,990

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Forget memories of the early 2000s dance-music band by the same name. The Buick Cascada is a rebranded, Americanized version of the Opel drop-top of the same name. Designed as a style-first model that brings topless driving to more people, it prioritizes comfort and looks over sporty driving. As a boulevard cruiser, though, we found the Buick Cascada to be an impressive new addition to America’s convertible lineup. “On the road, the 2016 Buick Cascada is a viceless car, performing every task well but never exceptionally so,” we wrote when we first drove it. “It’s surprisingly quiet with the top up, very tolerable with the top down.”

2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8T: $36,525

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Just like the smart four-door A3 sedan, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is based on the same modern MQB component set as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. With space for four, a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo-four as standard or an optional 220-hp 2.0-liter turbo engine, the A3 Cabriolet is a stylish and sensible way to take friends for a blast through the great outdoors. All-wheel drive comes standard, too, for year-round traction whether the top is up or down, as does a backup camera, parking sensors, heated mirrors, and heated washer nozzles. And although it’s still not especially spacious, the A3 Cabriolet even offers more rear legroom than a Ford Mustang drop-top.

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Over the coming months, we’re looking forward to learning how much we’ll pay for several other new convertibles. The 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet looks to combine the model’s city-smart sizing with the thrill of topless driving. The standard Fortwo coupe starts at $16,890, so expect a price tag somewhere close to that for the drop-top. Fiat is set to launch its 124 Spider later this year. Based on the Mazda Miata, the Fiat 124 Spider will also spawn a much racier Elaborazione Abarth model with upgraded suspension and brakes. And speaking of the Miata, Mazda will broaden the car’s appeal by opening order books for the Retractable Fastback model this summer. With a power-folding hard top and gorgeous flying buttress styling cues, the Miata RF will probably cost about $2,000 more than equivalent soft-top versions.

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Rolls-Royce, Mini to Reveal Concept Cars This Year http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-mini-reveal-concept-cars-year/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-mini-reveal-concept-cars-year/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:41:19 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=898575 As BMW celebrates its 100th anniversary, kicking off with the launch of the futuristic Vision Next 100 concept, the company’s other brands will also show off concepts that provide hints as to their future. Later this year, Mini, Rolls-Royce, and the BMW Motorrad motorcycle division will also their own “Vision” vehicle. BMW has so far...

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As BMW celebrates its 100th anniversary, kicking off with the launch of the futuristic Vision Next 100 concept, the company’s other brands will also show off concepts that provide hints as to their future. Later this year, Mini, Rolls-Royce, and the BMW Motorrad motorcycle division will also their own “Vision” vehicle.

BMW has so far revealed very little about the upcoming concepts, saying only that the Rolls-Royce and Mini will be shown in the U.K. this summer. Autocar reports that the Rolls-Royce concept will be called the Grand Sanctuary and will demonstrate the brand’s idea for, “the ultimate cossetting interior.” The car may be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June.

The Mini concept car, meanwhile, is reportedly being teased with the tagline, “Every Mini is a Mini,” potentially signaling an increased focus in the personalization and accessory programs that are already available for all Mini cars. While some Mini concept cars have merely been loosely disguised versions of production models, like the Clubman concept shown in 2014, others have been a more fanciful look at the future of Mini, like the Superlegerra Vision roadster. This year’s concept is likely to be in the latter camp, following in the forward-looking footsteps of the BMW Vision Next 100.

At the end of the year, BMW Motorrad will also show a concept motorcycle in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more details on all three vehicles later this year.

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LOS ANGELES, California — Three car generations and 14 years since BMW revived the Mini brand, it’s forming its own heritage. In the case of the 2016 Mini Cooper S convertible (and its hardtop sibling), signature styling elements that evoke those of the original Austin Mini Minor survive, but we are now 50-plus years beyond Mary Quant’s scandalously short skirts and the London that “swings like a pendulum do.” More Americans can quote the funniest lines from Austin Powers movies than can identify Austin-Rover as a defunct carmaker. Mini today is a BMW sub-brand of front-drive cars with German engineering marketed with a thin layer of “British” design charm bolstered by assembly (mostly) in Oxford, England.

This topless model is just the latest variation on the platform introduced in two-door hardtop form two model years ago. Like the hardtop, it’s larger than before, with a longer front overhang that controversially stretches the signature bulldog snout to schnauzer-like dimensions. It’s a more sophisticated and refined car made with higher-quality materials. It employs BMW TwinPower Turbo engines in three-cylinder Cooper, four-cylinder Cooper S, and high-performance John Cooper Works (JCW) models. The ragtop goes on sale in March (April for the JCW) just in time for warm weather in most of the country. It was an unseasonably warm 85-degree day when we drove the Cooper S in and around Los Angeles in early February.

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BMW/Mini leaders profess they are surprised — pleasantly — that the brand has been so well-received in America with sales rising steadily, even last year in the face of low gas prices and a general trend away from small cars. Mini, remember, was a heritage/retro-car project BMW expected would do better in Europe than America, where the original Austin/Morris models never sold in any significant volume. The new one arrived in 2002 as the smallest car on the U.S. market. It never played into the small-equals-cheap mindset, instead becoming a fashion statement on wheels with a long list of personalization options. It’s not the small car you buy because you need to save money, so sales are not particularly susceptible to gas price variations.

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That said, Mini is “repositioning the brand,” says David Duncan, vice president of Mini of the Americas. He’s been with Mini from the start, in 2001 (coming over from the BMW motorcycle side), and became VP in 2014. Duncan says his growth strategy centers on the Clubman, Mini’s biggest, most luxurious model. Given market trends toward crossovers, he’s also eager to bring on a new Countryman ALL4, which is due for an update to the latest BMW/Mini hardware.

Focus for now is on launching the JCW Convertible at April’s New York Auto Show. We were shown one — an early right-hand drive example — and told it would boast 228 horsepower, up 20 from the 2015 version. But the JCW could not be driven. Nor did Mini offer up any of its base U.S.-spec convertibles. The three-cylinder Mini Cooper that boasts a starting price of $24,900 (before destination fee) and claims to be the only European-made convertible costing less than $25,000? Nope. Our choices for driving were: Cooper S in Caribbean Aqua or Melting Silver paint, manual or automatic. Make it a Melting Silver manual with the cool new option of a roof with a gray Union Jack pattern woven into the black fabric.

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As before, the roof opens in two stages with a sunroof function that slides the forward portion back while the remainder stays in place. Now, though, the opening is 16 inches, 1 inch bigger and, more significantly, the entire operation is electric. Folding the whole roof takes 18 seconds, and it’s almost eerily silent in operation, banishing memories of hydraulic systems that can sound like a garbage truck visit at 3 a.m. The top still stacks awkwardly over the trunk space, but no more so than on Volkswagen’s offerings. As with the hardtop, the cargo space is bigger than before by 25 percent. A two-position divider can hide the entire space from view (in which case the top can still be opened to the sunroof position, but not entirely) or lowered to permit a fully folded top. You lose 1.9 of the 7.6 cubic feet that way, bur retain access to the split-folding rear seat. As small convertibles go, it’s pretty convenient.

On the road we find the latest wind-blocker easier to mount and lighter to lift while really doing the job of shielding occupants from buffeting at highway speeds. Chassis stiffening is well-done, with no evident flex even when we took it on a hard run up a canyon road, and no more vibration than in the hardtop model.

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Annoyingly, the rear seat headrests intrude in the driver’s vision through the rear-view mirror and cannot be lowered. Mini engineers explained that the U.S. regulatory standard sets a minimum distance between the seat-cushion (H-point) and center of the headrest, so the lowering function available in European Minis can’t be offered here. The headrests are removable, though, so if no one is sitting back there, the only necessary obstruction to your view would be the top stack. The latest version of active rollover protection is integrated more tidily than was the big chrome bar in the previous model. It’s now a pair of vertical posts, mostly tucked away out of sight, that deploy pyrotechnically when sensors detect trouble.

Overall, driving was much as in the hardtop — only with fresh air, sunshine, and a higher price on what is, already, a not-cheap small car. In this Cooper S form, Mini says 60 mph should come up in the mid- to high-6 second range though we suspect that’s conservative. Still, plenty of crossovers are in the 6s, so for all its nimble character the Cooper S Convertible is more about fun in the sun than serious performance. The JCW may change that equation, though the previous one exacted too high a price in comfort and money to seem worthwhile. There are among us those who say the hardtop version of this generation of Mini works best in base Cooper form. It might be so for the convertible, too, unless you’re measuring the profits in Munich.

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2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible Specifications

On Sale: March
Price: $30,450 (base Cooper S)
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4/189 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 207 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, FWD convertible
EPA Mileage: 25/34 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 151.9 x 68.0 x 55.7 in
Wheelbase: 98.2 in
Weight: 3,025 lb
0-60 MPH: 6.7 sec
Top Speed: 142 mph

 

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Mini has been churning out ever-larger and more practical cars since the brand was reborn in the early 2000s. The latest in this line of more mainstream offerings in an all-wheel-drive version of the new 2016 Mini Clubman wagon — the Clubman All4.

Mini first introduced the All4 nomenclature and system with the first Mini Countryman, which we had for a Four Seasons test back in 2011. The all-wheel-drive 2016 Mini Clubman All4 will be offered with both of the engines currently available on the standard front-wheel-drive Clubman. That means a base 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for the Clubman S with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both the base Clubman All4 and Clubman S All4 will come with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

Like Mini’s other cars, the 2016 Mini Clubman All4 will operate normally as a front-wheel-drive car. When the electronically operated system senses wheel slip or calls for added torque to the rear during high-speed cornering, the rear axle is engaged to send up to 30 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels. That means even with all-wheel drive, the Clubman All4 is very much a front-wheel-drive-biased car.

The base 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman will be the first marriage of BMW and Mini’s new eight-speed automatic transmission with the 1.5-liter three-cylinder. The combination is used for a variant of the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer in European markets.

Compared to the base front-wheel-drive 2016 Mini Clubman, the All4 adds 265 pounds for a total of 3,370 pounds. It sprints from 0-60 mph in a sluggish 9.2 seconds with a manual (9.3 seconds with the automatic), while the more powerful Clubman S does the deed in a more respectable 6.7 seconds with a manual (6.6 with the automatic). Despite the added heft to the Clubman S All4, it shaves as much as 0.3 second from its 0-60-mph run compared to the standard Clubman S.

When the high-performance 2016 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works eventually arrives, it will likely come standard with All4 all-wheel drive and the 228-hp version of Mini and BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, an engine already offered in other new Mini JCW models. That combination can also be found currently in the 2016 BMW X1. We’re also due fairly soon for an all-new Mini Countryman, which promises to be a lifted version of this Clubman All4 with the same gamut of engine and transmission options.

Expect the 2016 Mini Clubman All4 to command a price premium of about $1,500 over the standard model, for a total starting price around $26,500. For the Clubman S All4, that number should climb to about $30,000. The 2016 Mini Clubman All4 will arrive in showrooms this April.

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