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The Mini Clubman Scrambler

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Audi has their Allroad, Volkswagen might just get their Alltrack, and now comes Mini with their Scrambler which is based off of its Clubman wagon. The vehicle is built in Italy as a concept vehicle which utilizes the small but capable platform of the Clubman wagon to become an off-road worth vehicle.

The Mini Clubman All4 Scrambler comes with a luggage rack for additional cargo capacity, has a raised suspension for more ground clearance, off road tires, and a very utility centric look with a Frozen Gray paint scheme with silver detailing accents throughout the exterior.

The Scrambler’s design isn’t just skin deep. Underneath all that new body work is the drive train from an all-wheel-drive Clubman which was debuted this year to the public. If Mini did decide to produce this vehicle, I think it would be real hot seller.


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 Clubman All4

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I might be old fashioned, but there’s something about suicide doors that just speaks class and elegance. So when Mini put a set of double swinging doors on the back of their Clubman I thought it was a nice classy touch to a modern day car. Now in its second generation, the 2016 Mini Clubman has evolved into a very capable vehicle with its All4 all-wheel-drive system adopted from the Countryman and Paceman.

The 2016 Clubman All4 will share quite a bit of similarities to its front drive counterpart. Engine choices will be a 1.5L turbo three-cylinder that produces 134hp and 162 lb/ft of torque or a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder that produces 289hp and 207lb/ft of torque in the Cooper S configuration. Mini offers both a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto which can be mated to either engine choice.

The All4 system will likely hinder fuel efficiency a bit. However, word from Mini is that the impact will be minimal. To ensure owners get the most fuel efficiency possible from the All4, the system delivers power primarily to the front axel and diverts power to the rear wheels only when needed.


The BMW Group At SEMA 2015

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Hey look, MINI and BMW vehicles grouped together. Sometimes we make logical decisions, or perhaps some of the alcohol has worn off and we’re thinking a bit more clearly.

The BMW group had great representation at the 2015 edition of the SEMA Show. A couple notable examples would be Bulletproof Automotive’s BMW Z4 GT Continuum which was at the Toyo booth and a vehicle we referred to as “the rusty BMW”. The GT Continuum was a special project for their 15th anniversary. Like the MX-5 Speedster the GT Continuum ditches the windshield and also removes the folding metal roof. The end result looks like a steam-roller drove over the Z4 as it looks really low from hood to trunk.

The rusty BMW was actually not a build with actual rusty panels like you would see at your local DUBfest shows but instead, as I learned when googling the vehicle, a look the owner/builder created by rubbing motor oil on the exposed panels. The vehicle was actually pretty heavily damaged in a garage fire but his team was able to rebuild and salvage parts of the vehicle to turn it into the tube-framed beast you see here.

Check it, and the some of the other BMW and MINIs that we shot at the 2015 SEMA show.

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Mini brings the 5-door hardtop to LA.

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Yawn.
Shelton wrote about the Mini 5-door hardtop in Paris. Nothing has changed.

Enjoy the gallery of live shots here in LA.

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BMW-MINI Booth Tour – SEMA 2014

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BMW and MINI brought both old and new to their 2014 SEMA booth which was built to push their BMW M Performance catalog. They brought a Z4 GTLM race car, which I’m pretty sure is the same one that makes the International show car circuit. They also had on hand a M4 Coupe safety car from MotoGP as well as an M3 promoting their BMW Performance Driving School. My favorite car on the BMW side of the booth was the pristine 2002 tucked away in the back that barely anyone checked out, so unappreciated.

On the MINI side were a trio of MINI Coopers with a DJ setup on the roof of one of them providing tunes for, well… nobody. We had arrived at the BMW MINI booth near the end of the day and the crowds were thinning out. We were told that there was a Playboy Playmate, Miss October 2012 Pamela Horton at the booth but unfortunately we did not see her. I guess she took all the booth attendees with her.

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When Brits and Italians Collide, the MINI Superleggera Vision

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We first saw the MINI Superleggera Vision in Munich at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and now it can be seen here at the Paris Motor Show. While the MINI Superleggera Vision looks like a far-fetched concept vehicle, the BMW Group has dropped hints that it may bring the vehicle to production based on how it is received at car shows. The MINI Superleggera is a modern interpretation of a classic open-top two-seater created by MINI and Milan based Touring Superleggera, a design and coach building house.

Seeing the MINI Superleggera Vision for the first time in person, I think it’d be a great addition to the MINI lineup. While MINI describes it as an authentic British design with Italian flair, all I see is the British styling–not that there is anything wrong with that. I think it looks great and is a welcome change from MINI. Did you hear about the new MINI that looks like every other MINI that just made its debut at this same Paris Motor Show? Yeah, exactly.

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2015 Mini 5 Door, Paris Motor Show

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For the first time in Mini history, the Mini 5 Door brings rear doors to the hatchback body, unveiled here at the Paris Motor Show. Mini didn’t just add 2 doors, they extended the wheelbase by 72mm which directly translates to rear leg room, allowing 3 adults to sit comfortably in the back seats. In addition to the expanded rear passenger compartment, the trunk has grown in size by 32% for a total of 278L of storage, making the Mini that much more versatile for extended trips.

The Mini 5 Door is available in 6 various specifications, the One with a 95hp 1.5L Turbo Diesel, Cooper D with a bump to 116hp, topped by the Cooper SD with a 170hp 2L Turbo Diesel. For the gas versions, the One starts with a 102hp 1.2L Turbo, the Cooper at 136hp with a 1.5L Turbo, and the top of the line Cooper S with a 192hp 2L Turbo motor.

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MINI Paceman John Cooper Works

You may remember my article about the new MINI Paceman, wondering what the point of it was. Wondering what hole it filled and what demographic is was aimed towards. I never got answers to those questions but, whatever the answers are, MINI has added “Wannabe Race Car Driver” to the list with the Paceman John Cooper Works.

You get the same 208 horsepower engine and all wheel drive as the eleventy other MINI models. But it’s bigger, but with less doors. MINI’s just beating a dead horse now. They clearly didn’t care very much about it either because they didn’t bother covering the thing up. There was no point in showing up for the press release because we just grabbed some pictures ahead of time.

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Mini Gives new Paceman the JCW Treatment


In an effort to expand their model lineup, MINI introduced a new model that didn’t really make sense to us. The Mini Paceman, which we showed you from the LA Auto Show, is a lowered Mini Countryman with only two doors. It didn’t really make much sense to us, and we poked fun at what MINI calls the new segment of cars that the Paceman falls into. The Sport Activity Coupe, or SAC as it is known around these parts, is an addition to the Mini Cooper line-up that really does not serve a purpose or solve any problems.

So, what do you do as an automaker to try to make it a bit more exciting? If you are MINI, you would give the new Paceman the John Cooper Works treatment and launch the 2014 MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. ALL4, all wheel drive comes standard on the JCW Paceman but a 6-speed automatic is optional. There are no advantages to either the auto or manual transmission as MINI claims both will take 6.9s to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a stand still.

The new addition will get its world debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January. It will be available for purchase in the Spring.

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