Let’s be honest: Mini probably isn’t aiming the 2016 Cooper S Convertible at the super-tall, Nürburgring-based professional touring car driver demographic. I tested this car because BMW, Mini’s parent company, combined the launch of this car with the M2 and made us drive it first. That’s how I found myself in Southern…
A racer’s picture of the Top Gear star-car track piqued our interest: what is the new series doing with “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car?” Well, it looks like they’re straight-up going for laughs. That and the reasonably-priced car’s replacement is better than I could have ever imagined.
After an explosive comeback over a decade ago, Mini has been struggling to build a brand identity—mostly due to the tendency for newer models to bloat beyond anything resembling the namesake. Mini has decided to bring back the ‘Seven’ title, remembering the days when the little car was called an Austin Seven in a…
State troopers in New Jersey over the weekend found themselves outwitted and out-wheeled by the driver of a Mini Cooper, who zipped and zagged the little car through the streets of Paterson—much to the consternation of the confounded constabulary!
Two classic Mini Coopers, a dark warehouse, a camera, and a whole lot of prancing around with an LED wand makes for a damn good Friday night.
The Precision Motorsports Group’s No. 18 Mini Cooper appears to have been through Hell and back when compared to some of the big-budget teams running in Pirelli World Challenge this weekend, and that’s why I love it. Behold, ingenious motorsports fixin’ at work.
The original Mini is, quite deservedly, considered one of the greatest designs in all of motoring. It’s a triumph of packaging that defined a template still used today. But it had one pretty big flaw, one that was (almost) fixed by a controversial, prostitute-loving, tax-frauding politician, who was also the force…
A Japanese domestic market Mini Cooper with a German supercharger sourced from England, packed with Japanese parts only to be run by an Australian ECU on Ethanol. Mighty Car Mods’ perfect Mini Cooper is one sweet ride.
The little red Mini Cooper featured in the signature car chase from 2002's The Bourne Identity once had its own little corner on the Universal Studios lot. The fifth film in the franchise, tentatively titled “Bourne 5", is currently shooting.[Robert Taylor via Flickr, taken in 2005]
When we found out Mini was developing a 5 door Cooper, we questioned it. When it finally showed up it did everything right, but we still kind of question it. Now Mini is trying to make it more appealing, by adding 20 hp with a new Carbon Edition.
The Mini Cooper isn’t for everyone, but it’s not supposed to be. If you can deal with the cutesy-retro looks and the relatively small size, you’re in for one of the most fun and surprisingly practical motoring experiences around. What do you need to know before you buy a Mini Cooper? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you…
When you buy into a Mini John Cooper Works, you’re in for three things: speed, noise, and discomfort. The previous generation Mini Coopers were never known for their ride quality, but the JCW models ramped up the hardcore even further, providing lots more fun if you were willing to put up with some rough edges. So…
Most car wallpapers feature sweeping vistas and wide shots of the cars. You can take in the majesty of the entire vehicle and see the way all the pieces come together. But today, we’re losing the forest for the trees. When you focus on a beautiful detail, you start to appreciate a car’s lines in a new way.
I recently had the opportunity to drive an original Mini back-to-back with my original Hummer. This was a very unusual experience, and it felt a lot like that scene in Castaway where Tom Hanks is floating through the ocean on a raft made of sticks until he's rescued by a cargo ship the size of greater Baltimore.
If you're not familiar with Best Motoring, your life is probably shit and I'm sorry for you. For nearly 25 years, the Japanese video magazine gave us track day shootouts of some of the best and most ridiculous cars on the road, a kind of real-life Gran Turismo.
My favorite driving roads in the Austin area come up after Mopac dead ends into RM 1826 in Hays County. Then you're on some really nice, winding Hill Country roads down by Driftwood, Dripping Springs, and Wimberley. If you've ever heard of or eaten at the Salt Lick, you know what I'm talking about.
We've been hearing for nearly two years now that BMW's ostensibly small car brand Mini is planning on paring down its huge range to focus on a few strong-selling models. Now it appears that is finally happening, and the casualties are the Mini Paceman, Roadster and Coupe.
In 1961, Jack Brabham paved the way for rear-engined race cars when he finished ninth overall at the Indianapolis 500 against more conventional front-engined racers. The car was a Cooper-Climax T54. It's kind of fitting then that the car that bears the Cooper name today has its driving school at the Indianapolis Motor…
It's bigger, but is it better? That's been the big (pardon the size pun, they're hard to avoid) question about the new Mini Cooper S. I think it's better in most ways, but the size increase and that face are kind of bummers. Turns out that even with two more doors, it's still one of the best hot hatches out there.