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MINI Clubman ALL4 and JCW Convertible Make World Debut

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The MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 and the John Cooper Works Convertible that were announced back in January both made their world debuts in New York at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is a front-wheel drive system that will shift power from the front to the rear wheels whenever conditions warrant it. The power shift takes just a fraction of a second. The new ALL4 system is also lighter and more compact than previous all-wheel drive platforms for improved handling and fuel economy. Both the Cooper Clubman ALL4 and Cooper S Clubman ALL4 come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but an 8-speed automatic is optional.

The MINI Convertible gets the John Cooper Works treatment with a stiffer suspension, redesigned body kit, 18″ wheels and red brake calipers. Under the hood on the JCW Convertible is a 2.0L turbo engine that pumps out 228 horsepower. Canadian pricing information is not available for these new MINIs but in the US the MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 will start at $26,750, and the MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 will start at $33,330. The MINI Convertible John Cooper Works will start at $35,600.

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New Mini Cooper Convertible

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I might be a little biased, but for me a real Mini should really be…well…mini. Even though the Mini Cooper company has brought out various models under the brand name, the original Mini Cooper of the new batch still stays truest to its name.

For 2016, the Mini Cooper convertible will be getting some additional paint options to freshen up the exterior. There will also be an optional Malt Brown leather interior trim with some oh-so-nice diamond patterned stitching.

Engine options will range from a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine with 134 hp or a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder with 189 hp in the Cooper S model. For consumers looking for even more power, the John Cooper Works package bumps power output to 228 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque. The JCW package will also include a sport exhaust, custom body kit, a performance oriented suspension, and upgraded Brembo brakes.

Look for the Mini Cooper Convertible hitting showroom floors this March and expect pricing to range from $26,800 to $36,450 USD.


Mini Minor to be co-developed with Toyota

It was back in 2011 when Mini first showcased the prospect of an even smaller hatchback with the Rocketman concept at the Geneva Motor Show. In the nearly four years since, parent company BMW has hemmed and hawed on the possibility of putting it into production, but the latest word from Europe h…


John Cooper Works Mini rolls into Detroit, asks ‘GTI who?’

Mini marched into the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and introduced its very own competitor to the Volkswagen GTI with new John Cooper Works Hardtop.

Blessed with 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet from its 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder, the new JCW should provide a more thrilling drive than t…


The 2016 MINI JCW Is Here. But You Already Knew That.

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Remember almost a year ago to the day when I wrote about the MINI JCW Concept? Let me refresh your memory. And now that you’ve got those details fresh in your brain, my job is done. You now know everything there is to know about the production model. Oh, it’s got 228 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque. 0-60 in 6.1s. It looks the same and has the same features as the concept. We just have better pictures now. I still can’t figure out who would buy this car. Want a high-performance FWD machine? Ford’s got you covered. Want something with more creature comforts? Volkswagen fits the bill. Want something ugly quirky? Go all out and get a Fiat 500. Check out the pictures and tell me I’m wrong. You’re only lying to yourselves.

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Watch feds crush classic Mini caught in importation dragnet

Fair warning for any classic car fans that suffer from high blood pressure: this story might not be good for your health. US Customs and Border Protection is teaming up with British law enforcement to keep unsafe, imported vehicles off the road here – like this Mini. In the government’s vi…


Mini JCW arrives suitably early thanks to Aussie leak

Mini is set to reveal its most powerful model yet in the new John Cooper Works hot hatch, but before the Anglo-Saxon automaker has gotten the chance, the first images and details have leaked out, courtesy of CarAdvice.com.au.

According to the Australian website, the new JCW packs a 2.0-litre …


Mini phasing out Coupe, Roadster next year

With its previous generation, Mini went for a maximalist strategy, expanding its lineup to include seven derivatives. But with the new generation, BMW’s retro Anglo-Saxon brand is shifting gears to a “superhero strategy” focusing on core models with volume sales potential rather than small niche…


Watch this Chinese stunt driver parallel park with only 3 inches to spare

Whenever this writer thinks of fancy parking jobs, we go straight to Buddy Love singing Strokin’ in a red Dodge Viper he slides into a tiny space in The Nutty Professor. But after watching the video below, we might have to start thinking about Han Yue, who broke the world record for getting into…


2015 Mini John Cooper Works gets ready to rumble

Mini gave us our first taste of its next-generation John Cooper Works Hardtop in concept form at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. And in fact, we already know that the production version will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit show in January. Fitting, then, that this most recent round of spy shots…


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