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carrera4
12-21-2004, 06:47 AM
from <A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=101477" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=101477</A><p><I>The German producer of the quintessential Brit driving machine will fix that when the next-generation Mini debuts in early 2007 with a new range of all-aluminum, twin-cam engines that BMW will build in partnership with French carmaker Peugeot. The new powerplants include two turbocharged units that will replace the normally aspirated and supercharged four-cylinder 1.6-liter engines in the current Cooper and Cooper S.</I><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/images/news/101477" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/weekart/2004/1227/turbomini2.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/weekart/2004/1227/turbomini3.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/weekart/2004/1227/turbomini_rendering.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Article about the new Bmw/PSA petrol engines<p><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2041214.006/bmw/1.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarfans.com/n....html</A>

bolita
12-21-2004, 07:23 AM
So what happens with the BMW-Chrysler Tritec plant in Brazil that used to provide the current Mini engines... Will it close down?

Reppu
12-21-2004, 08:50 AM
I don't remember when did this car come out, but in my mind it's one that should be able to last ten years or so (not very typical nowadays). I don't think a replacement is needed so soon.

Philsshon
12-21-2004, 08:52 AM
DON;T LOOK FOR A BIG CHANGE OUTSIDE. It will get new engies, that's about it

siko
12-21-2004, 09:06 AM
The power hike for the Cooper is much needed and very adequate. But keeping the S at 170 hp is a moronic move by Mini/BMW. Other manufacturer's have pocket rockets (Mazda3, Focus SVT) with similar outputs to 170. If you factor in the price of the S, it should have at least 200+ hp.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>philsshon</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">DON;T LOOK FOR A BIG CHANGE OUTSIDE. It will get new engies, that's about it</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm thinking the same thing.

Pedigreepaul
12-21-2004, 11:48 AM
Wow.. Look at that giant lump on the hood of the red car.. I think it hit a moose or something

bm88
12-21-2004, 11:52 AM
What are the new engines meant to be?

Brangeta
12-21-2004, 01:24 PM
Which headlights are the current ones? The ones on the yellow Mini or the Red and Blue Minis?

Pedigreepaul
12-21-2004, 01:26 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Which headlights are the current ones? The ones on the yellow Mini or the Red and Blue Minis?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Serious?

The Water Is Poison
12-22-2004, 04:16 AM
You MUST be kidding

Philsshon
12-22-2004, 05:04 AM
As long as the mini stays priced the same, it will still be a hit

carrera4
12-22-2004, 05:55 AM
From Autocar<p><I>Based on todays chassis with its front strut and rear multi-link Z-axle suspension, the new Mini will be a similar size to todays car, growing just a few millimetres in length, width, wheelbase and height. That will keep it at 3.6m long with a 2.4m long wheelbase, ensuring that the wheel-at-each-corner proportions remain.<p>Designers will also resist the temptation to extend the rear overhang to create a bigger boot. There are always pressures to make a new car bigger, but the Mini has to be small, otherwise it isnt a Mini, said a source.<p>As a result the interior package will be very similar to the current cars, with detail changes to components like seats and interior trim squeezing an extra few millimetres of leg, head and shoulder room.<p>...<p>The bonnet line will be higher to incorporate better pedestrian protection, shielding the windscreen wipers below the bonnet line, and also to smooth airflow over the windscreen. The headlights will remain as single, round units. Rumours of a twin-headlight design are dismissed by company insiders as too much like Mercedes-Benz. The bonnet design itself has been changed. In place of todays clamshell, which is expensive to make, could be a conventional bonnet with split lines between the headlights and grille  a nod to the original Issigonis Mini.<p>The front grille has also been redesigned, as can be seen on the prototype pictured overleaf. Deeper and slightly narrower than todays grille, the three-bar design is a more prominent feature of the face of the new Mini. The shape of the grille is also closer to the original cars. Significantly, it is more upright than todays design, to comply with forthcoming pedestrian-impact laws.<p>Under the main grille, the lower air intake is considerably bigger than todays cars. Thats because the new Cooper and Cooper S will be powered by turbocharged engines and their intercooler is located low down at the front of the car.<p>The car pictured in our scoop photos (right) has to mimic the exact shape of the new Minis nose, because it is testing the new P105 version of the family of engines co-developed with Peugeot and Citron. These engines will transform the Mini, whose main weakness has been its gruff, iron-block single-cam engine, developed in the late 1990s for BMW by Chrysler.<p>Were confident that we have a very smooth, strong-performing engine with good economy. This is a very good engine, said Erich Sonntag, BMWs project manager for the new engine.<p>The new Mini will again be offered with a choice of three 1.6-litre engines, with the entry-level One and best-selling Cooper each getting a worthwhile boost in power. The One will produce 115bhp and 117lb ft of torque (up from 89 and 103), the Cooper 143bhp and 176lb ft of torque (up from 113 and 110), and the Cooper S 168bhp (the same as todays offering). No torque figure is available yet for the S. The Ones 1.6-litre unit will be naturally aspirated, while both Cooper and Cooper S will get turbochargers.<p>...<p>With a turbo replacing a supercharger in the S, the tuning potential will only be limited by concerns of reliability. Todays Works makes 210bhp, but in future that should rise to as much as 230bhp. BMW technicians and Cooper Garages are already working on the project.<p>With the launch still over two years away, possibly following a first showing at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, prices are unconfirmed, but a One is likely to start at around 11,000, a low-power Cooper around 12,500, the high-power version 14,000 and the S 16,000.<p>Theres still a long way to go until the Mini is replaced, but its already shaping up to be a major event in 2007.</I><p><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/21124473754.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/21124473952.jpg" BORDER="0">

SV
12-22-2004, 09:48 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Brangeta</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Which headlights are the current ones? The ones on the yellow Mini or the Red and Blue Minis?</TD></TR></TABLE><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> um, the blue and the red ones...

hollc004
12-23-2004, 11:37 AM
I think the last picture at the top of this page looks chopped

knicks125
12-23-2004, 11:47 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hollc004</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think the last picture at the top of this page looks chopped </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yep...very obvious - look at the filename of that chop <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Charger
01-02-2005, 07:04 PM
Old thread<br><A HREF="http://carspyshots.proboards2.com/index.cgi?board=spy&num=1092584481&action=display&start=0" TARGET="_blank">http://carspyshots.proboards2....art=0</A><p> <IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/Car/Mini/Mini/21124473819.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>source: autocar

carrera4
01-14-2005, 05:37 AM
<br><A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=213066" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....13066</A><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/14155102424.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/14155102545.jpg" BORDER="0">

protocatcher
01-14-2005, 04:37 PM
Still havent seen them here for wintertesting, but it could be that they are on the way up here ....on monday we will see ...lol

Top Secret
01-15-2005, 04:53 AM
Yes, as you can see in spyshots, the grille is also being slightly redesigned, so therefore that heralds a change in the bumpers.

Laguna
01-21-2005, 02:39 AM
Article from Autoweek:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Not content with the success of the three-year-old Mini, BMW is busy developing its successor. Project R56 will sire up to four Mini models; the first will go on sale in little more than two years.<p>First up in September 2006 is the replacement for today's three-door hatch (shown above in our artist's impression). In March 2007 a five-door hatchback will arrive offering more interior space and (at last) usable rear seats, thanks to a wheelbase that is 120mm longer.<p>A new convertible to replace the just launched soft-top will arrive in April 2008; an estate variant not unlike the Mini Wagons exhibited by Castagna at this year's Geneva show (right) is awaiting approval from BMW chairman Helmut Panke. In early sketches it harks back to the original Mini estate, with van-style rear doors.<p>There's little wrong with the current Mini's styling, so the design strategy is "if it ain't broke don't fix it". The retro look continues, with a classic BMW soft facelift and only detail changes.<p>However, Munich is planning to stem the high production costs of today's Oxfordshire-built Mini. BMW will outsource more modules (component sets such as front suspension) and plans a clip-on plastic roof cover so owners can change roof decals throughout the life of the car. Cunningly, it also means cars won't have to pass through the paint shop twice, an expensive and time-consuming process.<p>More serious changes will be made under the skin. The Brazilian-built 1.6-litre Tritec petrol engine will be replaced by lighter, more compact 16-valve 1.4- and 1.6-litre four-cylinder powerplants engineered in a joint venture between BMW and Peugeot. These so-called Prince engines will be available with 75bhp and 90bhp outputs from the 1.4-litre, 115bhp and 170bhp outputs from the 1.6-litre. The 1.6 is earmarked for the successor to the Cooper S. The air scoop on the current model will be replaced by a bonnet bulge.<p>Mini's diesel strategy is less clear. Today's Toyota-sourced 75bhp 1.4-litre four-cylinder common-rail engine sells well, but Autocar sources suggest that parent company BMW may move to a cheaper Peugeot oil-burner: the Ford-PSA four-cylinder 1.4-litre engine, which is due to receive a second-generation common-rail system and more efficient turbocharging in 2006.<p>New engines will be matched by new gearboxes. The five-speed manual in the One and Cooper is likely to be dropped in favour of a standard six-speeder, and buyers can opt for a six-speed auto or an upgraded continuously variable transmission.<p>Don't expect much change to the front-drive chassis, already one of the sharpest-handling in the class. The new car will retain the front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link set-up.<p>More models and growing demand for premium small cars has BMW ambitiously gunning for more sales. The Cowley plant outside Oxford should hit 200,000 cars a year by 2009.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Source: Autoweek.nl<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 12:39 PM 1/21/2005</i>

Charger
01-31-2005, 04:58 PM
<IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/Car/Mini/Mini/27155645171.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/27155641410.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/2715564360.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/27155647460.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/2715564940.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/Mini/Mini/27155649540.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>source: autocar<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">With engineering work well underway on the next-generation Mini, and the secrets of the cars new engine revealed, we didnt expect to get a tip-off about the new cars looks. But these official sketches released by BMWs Designworks studio seem to give more than a hint about the look of the next-generation Cooper S. Close examination of this rendering appears to confirm that it is a version of the Mini 2: note the hidden wipers, conventional bonnet, extended rear haunches and the new, one-piece grille opening.<p>With the superchargers bonnet air intake set to go, BMW needs a way to make the new hot Mini instantly recognisable. This aggressive bumper treatment and faired-in driving lights could be an ideal solution. (New pedestrian safety regulations are expected to outlaw separate driving lamps).<p>Designworks other sketches show some of the wilder ideas for a replacement cabriolet. An unusual open-back targa design (with more than a hint of Audi TT about its tail) has been developed, one that could also be converted to into a compact estate with double side-opening doors.<p>Perhaps the biggest surprise is a design sketch for a future Mini that shows a completely different face  and one strangely reminiscent of the short-lived Jensen SV-8s.</TD></TR></TABLE>

Laguna
02-01-2005, 09:32 AM
What are they doingto the Mini !?!?!?!?!?

Charger
02-11-2005, 09:23 PM
<A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/63866.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/63866.jpg</A>

Hornbag
02-11-2005, 10:47 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Laguna</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What are they doingto the Mini !?!?!?!?!?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well............................id say they are testing out some radical changes, that most prob wont see it through to the next gen production model! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.forumsforjustice.org/forums/images/smilies/sponge.gif" BORDER="0"> Im so danm smart <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">

Top Secret
02-11-2005, 11:16 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Charger</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <IMG SRC="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/Car/Mini/Mini/27155645171.jpg" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I like this version - and that's bout it. Love those extra lights on the grille - harks back to the rally days.<p>

Laguna
02-12-2005, 10:14 AM
Whats with the big grille? It look as if the normal Mini has taken the grille from the 80s Mini.

Charger
02-22-2005, 09:31 AM
<A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64749.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64749.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64750.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64750.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64751.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64751.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64752.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64752.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64753.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/64753.jpg</A>

Laguna
02-22-2005, 09:44 AM
Are these new pics???

Charger
02-22-2005, 09:47 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Laguna</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Are these new pics???</TD></TR></TABLE><p>new to this thread at least

Laguna
02-22-2005, 09:56 AM
Ok. So these have been around for a while. Five door is going to come out in 2009 I think. 5 door is going to be WICKED!!!!! I would order one in Black.

badman
02-22-2005, 11:46 AM
I doubt there will be a 5 door version. Goes against everything the brand stands for.

Laguna
02-22-2005, 12:22 PM
There is going to be a 5 door version in 2009. They said in the Autocar mag. Long ago. I will try and type the article.

r0b
02-22-2005, 03:13 PM
5 door version <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icon11.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.geocities.com/giovanni_dee/Mini5door.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

carrera4
02-23-2005, 08:01 AM
are they going to increase the rear overhang or not?

Tidal
02-23-2005, 08:12 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>badman</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I doubt there will be a 5 door version. Goes against everything the brand stands for.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>For what i've read, the next Mini range will consist of the normal 3 door hatchback, a convertible and a " clubman " style car. I guess that one would make more sense as a 5 door.<p>Oh, and before BMW got involved, the brand was all about inexpensive motoring. So, things change <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Dodger
02-23-2005, 08:42 AM
I don't think they should change it at all. It is one of those designs that will look good forever. If they changed anything, maybe they could redo the interior but that's it

Laguna
02-23-2005, 11:41 AM
<A HREF="http://www.autoweek.nl/forum/read.php?f=12&i=60153&t=60153&p=1" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.nl/forum/r...3&p=1</A> Sort of new. Enjoy please. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Grande Espace
03-18-2005, 08:16 AM
<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> I would love to own a 5 door Mini Cooper but im too young. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/crying.gif" BORDER="0">

Grande Espace
03-18-2005, 08:19 AM
There are some new pics but I cant post them

Krypton
03-18-2005, 01:47 PM
Grand Escape are you the same person as Laguna<br>This should look good

Charger
03-18-2005, 01:50 PM
<A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66664.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66664.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66665.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66665.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66669.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66669.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66670.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66670.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66671.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66671.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66672.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66672.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66674.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66674.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66675.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/66675.jpg</A>

Pedigreepaul
03-18-2005, 01:50 PM
I just posted some new ones over here..<p><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.nl/forum/read.php?f=12&i=60153&t=60153&p=1" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.nl/forum/r...3&p=1</A><p>Enjoy!

Charger
04-20-2005, 12:41 PM
<A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/images/news/102232" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/images/news/102232</A><br><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/files/weekart/2005/0425/maximini_rear.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/files/...r.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/files/weekart/2005/0425/maximini_side.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/files/...e.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/files/weekart/2005/0425/mini4.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/files/...4.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102232" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102232</A>

Charger
05-17-2005, 12:35 PM
<A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70104.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70104.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70105.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70105.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70106.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70106.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70107.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70107.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70108.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://bilder.autobild.de/bilder/1/70108.jpg</A>

against the wall
05-17-2005, 12:40 PM
looks bigger.<p><br>hey charger, looks like ur comin on 12000 posts. congrats i guess

Charger
05-17-2005, 12:51 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carfan223</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">looks bigger.<p><br>hey charger, looks like ur comin on 12000 posts. congrats i guess</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Im not sure if it is bigger. I hope not cuz that's not the point of a <I>MINI</I> <br>Oh, I didnt even realize I had that many posts.

against the wall
05-17-2005, 01:00 PM
look at the middle gauge. its bigger than it already is?<br>2nd pic looks wider<br>3rd looks longer<br>4th pic looks squarer and looks like a mini fused with an lr3<br>last pic looks like the current one.<p>anybody notice that it says one on the back of the last pic<br>

-Peter-
05-17-2005, 01:09 PM
And in the second picture Huckfeld has done a little mistake with the tyres <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . The one in the front in rights side is two times as big as the others <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

zwei Biere bitte
05-17-2005, 07:37 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carfan223</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>anybody notice that it says one on the back of the last pic</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The Mini One I think is the budget model in Europe, so there's the Cooper S, Cooper Cabrio, and the One.

Cozz
05-17-2005, 07:59 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>-Peter-</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">And in the second picture Huckfeld has done a little mistake with the tyres <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . The one in the front in rights side is two times as big as the others <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Holy crap, I just noticed that! What has Huckfeld been smoking? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0">

Omar
05-18-2005, 11:10 AM
Huckfeldt has done very well actually. The interior's 100% spot on, and interiors are always more difficult, which is why nobody ever does them.<p>Who cares if a wheel's bigger than another, anyway? <p>Huckfeldt's rather good at his job, better than any of us! :P

Ascariss
06-09-2005, 08:02 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>aibo26</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://www.channel4.com/4car/gallery/spyshots-2005/M/mini/interior.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channel4.com/4car/g....html</A><br></TD></TR></TABLE>

FordRules
06-12-2005, 08:58 PM
<A HREF="http://galleries.wheels24.co.za/cars/Mini/Cooper2007/images/03.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://galleries.wheels24.co.z...3.jpg</A>

SV
06-12-2005, 09:11 PM
wow, i wasn't expecting that. exactly as autobild predicted; how does that guy get it right every time?

DSC-OFF
08-19-2005, 06:03 AM
<A HREF="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/picture_library/dir_42/car_portal_pic_21094.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/p...4.jpg</A><p><I>We have proof that the MINI is in the family way. This document, spied by an Auto Express reader, confirms officially what we revealed in issue 864; MINI is planning at least six new models.<p>Based on the revised three-door, due to arrive some time in 2007, the line-up is set to include a <B>convertible and range-topping Speedster</B>. But BMW's designs also show four cars using a lengthened MINI platform, all in production trim.<p>There's a fiv<B>e-door model offering increased passenger space, a Clubman-style machine boasting Mazda RX-8-type rear doors, a Moke pick-up and a three-door estate</B>. The overall plan is simple: broaden the appeal of the popular small car even further. Both the <B>five-door and Clubman will feature five-seater layouts, with the latter likely to have removable rear chairs</B> in order to make it even more practical. It gets barn-style doors on the back, too - as with the original car - while the five-door is likely to stick with the MINI's drop-down tailgate.<p>The pick-up model, expected to be called the <B>Moke</B>, is a more lifestyle-oriented machine. It could feature a plastic-lined load bay, a <B>raised ride height and even a removable roof.</B><p>Meanwhile, the three<B>-door estate is based on the same wheelbase as the Clubman. A two-seater</B>, it will be aimed at buyers who need carrying capacity rather than passenger space. As with the <B>Clubman, it will sport barn-style doors on the rear. The Speedster will <br>be the flagship car</B>, competing with prestige drop-tops. Based on the Convertible, it will feature a radical, curved hard-top roof which can be removed to uncover stylish roll hoops, similar to those seen on Audi's TT roadster.<p>As far as the standard convertible goes, it will get the same enhancements as the revised three-door hatch. As we revealed in issue 858, a subtle revamp means the new MINI won't be much different to look at. Instead, the big changes will be inside. <B>Expect a whole new dash and higher-quality materials</B>.<p>Under the bonnet will be a fresh <B>1.6-litre petrol unit co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroen</B>. It will be paired with a <B>powerful new diesel</B>. Expect the new MINI to <B>debut at 2007's Geneva Motor Show, with the first of the new variants, the Clubman, arriving in 2008</B>.</I><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/59215/allnew_mini_set_to_multiply.html" TARGET="_blank">AutoExpress</A>

SHEPO
08-19-2005, 08:02 AM
wow...good find! are those official pictures??? and is fordrules' pic official?

Campino
08-20-2005, 02:39 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>koenigseggccr</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">wow...good find! are those official pictures??? and is fordrules' pic official?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>There not offical pictures. They could be what the cars could look like...

hyundaidriver
09-05-2005, 12:21 PM
<A HREF="http://www.autowereld.com/imagesDB/640/595174359126_Mini-Estat.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autowereld.com/imag...t.jpg</A> <br><A HREF="http://www.autowereld.com/imagesDB/640/5951744894_Mini-Estat.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autowereld.com/imag...t.jpg</A> <br> <A HREF="http://www.autowereld.com/imagesDB/640/595174413101_Mini-Estat.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autowereld.com/imag...t.jpg</A>

against the wall
09-05-2005, 12:32 PM
that looks like the four-door mini that was rumored. guess its real. or maybe its an extended wheelbase but i think not. anybody know if mini plans to do a sedan. it would be really tiny but i think it would look cool.<p>edit: i dont think this gonna be a traditional sedan. looks more like its gonna have suicide doors a la rx8. the fenders/wheel arch looks to big to have a traditional rear door. if it did the rear door would be mad small.

Omar
09-05-2005, 12:58 PM
That's the Mini Clubman (estate/wagon)<p>Looks to have only two doors, too

cowboysnkisses
09-05-2005, 12:59 PM
that prototype doesn't have any rear doors. The fuel door is right where any door would be, and the front door is rounded, like in 3dr cars. I think this is the 3dr clubman.

AM2K
09-05-2005, 01:12 PM
well in regards to the new mini, this quote was featured in the current issue of Top Gear Magazine:<p><I>"If you have yet to visit our redesigned website, go there now and then go back again on the 12th. All the new cars <B>- <U>including the new, new Mini</U> -</B> will be there to see the moment they are unveiled."</I><p><br>Anybody heard anything else about the mini being unveiled at Franfurt?

AM2K
09-09-2005, 05:12 AM
For the people who might not have checked the motorshow section, mini will definately be previewing a concept at Frankfurt:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BMW's MINI division is to unveil a concept car called Countryman at the Frankfurt Motor Show, reports Autoweek. This will preview the estate version of the next-generation MINI, due 2008, and will be kitted out with a fully retro-style exterior, complete with wooden frame as on the original Mini estate and models such as the Morris Minor Traveller. It will be based on the longer-wheelbase platform to also be used for the five-door MINI hatchback, and will have a pair of van-style vertically-split rear doors instead of a tailgate; rear-hinged 'suicide' doors are also rumoured. Although this concept will be called Countryman, the final production model is thought to take either the Clubman or Traveller names. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Source: 4Car

Klaus H.
10-12-2005, 07:08 AM
Hello,<p>my 9-year-old daughter made today this pic at the Nrburgring-Nordschleife:<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.kataah.de/112_1259a.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Big one:<p><A HREF="http://www.kataah.de/112_1259.JPG" TARGET="_blank">http://www.kataah.de/112_1259.JPG</A><p>Best regards from germany<br>Klaus<p>

bolita
10-12-2005, 07:14 AM
Looks more like a face lifted Mini Cooper than the Estate IMO In any case looking good!!

AM2K
10-13-2005, 08:34 AM
nice picture! Thats definately the all new mini cooper under that disugise. Could even be the 'S' model guessing from the larger air intakes and sports wheels..

Redline
10-13-2005, 12:58 PM
Not to mention the hoodscoop opening. Not a bad catch, though you may want to watermark it. You can also make out some good detail with that larger picture, looks like the updates are going to be subtle, but enough to really refresh the car.

Nodnarb
12-01-2005, 02:47 PM
<A HREF="http://media.popularmechanics.com/images/PMX1205Newcars036_large.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.popularmechanics....e.jpg</A> <p>New pic of the Clubman.

against the wall
12-01-2005, 02:53 PM
that angle makes it look really long. was the concept that long in person if anyone saw it?

Charger
12-13-2005, 07:45 AM
<A HREF="http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=108466#2" TARGET="_blank">http://www.edmunds.com/insidel...466#2</A>

bm88
12-22-2005, 04:21 AM
<IMG SRC="http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/1716/mini8zd.jpg" BORDER="0">

Omar
12-22-2005, 10:36 AM
JULY??!!! That's way too soon, hope Autocar are wrong.<p>They've just had a record number of Mini's produced in a calendar year, they should keep it going until demand actually decreases because until now it hasn't decreased

bm88
12-23-2005, 04:29 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>omar</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They've just had a record number of Mini's produced in a calendar year, they should keep it going until demand actually decreases because until now it hasn't decreased</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Agreed, they are just changing for changes sake.<p>The interior just looks dreadful. They have taken the retro look too far in the centre console IMO.

Omar
12-23-2005, 05:16 AM
regarding the interior, maybe they have. But it all adds up to the identity of the Mini, and what makes a Mini different to its competitors, and people love them. <p>As a side note, if you go to page 1 of this thread, there's an article from AutoExpress saying that Mini production should hit 200,000 a year in 2009... LOL it's just hit 200,000 in 2005. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br>these interior pics were already posted quite a while back, from 4CAR, but it's worth bringing them back up again:<p>This looks to be a cheaper model:<br><A HREF="http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/spyshots/M/mini/interior/03-large/Mini-Cooper-009.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channel4.com/4car/m...9.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/spyshots/M/mini/interior/03-large/Mini-Cooper-010.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channel4.com/4car/m...0.jpg</A><p>This looks like a more high-spec model, with digital climate control, and I think there's a DVD player in there too:<br><A HREF="http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/spyshots/M/mini/interior/03-large/Mini-Cooper-005.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channel4.com/4car/m...5.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/spyshots/M/mini/interior/03-large/Mini-Cooper-006.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channel4.com/4car/m...6.jpg</A><p>I think the interior is a lot better than it appears in the Autocar pic.

bm88
01-19-2006, 08:18 AM
If you look at the bottom of this <A HREF="http://www.autoartmodels.com/pages/1_18/p24.htm" TARGET="_blank">AutoArt</A> page, you can see the front end of the 2006 MINI quite clearly.

Blob
01-19-2006, 10:11 AM
thats it then, looks smoother than the previous look

StevenZoz
01-19-2006, 11:46 AM
i dont think thats it... its marked 2006. the new MINI is a 2007. i think its just the angle. it looks like the current.

kuules
01-19-2006, 11:48 AM
<IMG SRC="http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/875/11rd.jpg" BORDER="0">

wdogmedia
01-19-2006, 12:16 PM
That's not an MY06....look at the shape of the grille, and those foglights are twice the size as the ones on the current Cooper. Much cleaner than the current design IMO.

Omar
01-19-2006, 01:23 PM
... and the indicators are no longer in the bumper.<p>Good spot Moorhouse!

flippin'round07
01-19-2006, 01:56 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MOORHOUSE</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If you look at the bottom of this <A HREF="http://www.autoartmodels.com/pages/1_18/p24.htm" TARGET="_blank">AutoArt</A> page, you can see the front end of the 2006 MINI quite clearly.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's pretty close to the Traveller Concept....with the larger grille, different headlights, a lower bottom grille....and the fog lights are much bigger.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by MOORHOUSE at 10:11 PM 1/19/2006</i>

SV
01-19-2006, 08:34 PM
interesting...looks like a nice, modern evolution of the current mini but the picture is too small to make a final opinion. i can't wait until this debuts though...

Blob
01-22-2006, 05:53 AM
Looks great, similar to Concept Frankfurt but with more forward lights and lower bottom grille.<p> <IMG SRC="http://frankfurt.cars.msn.co.uk/images/Frankfurt05/cars/minic_7_ad_320.jpg" BORDER="0">

wdogmedia
01-26-2006, 10:49 AM
AutoExpress has posted a 2-minute+ clip of an R56 Cooper S on the Nurbergring....doesn't really tell us much more than we already know styling-wise, but man does it handle flat....and listen to that new engine hum.... <A HREF="http://movies.autoexpress.co.uk/autoexpress/240106_mini_cooper.mov" TARGET="_blank">http://movies.autoexpress.co.u...r.mov</A>

the cheddar
01-26-2006, 11:08 AM
OMG! That thing is FAST. Faster than I would've expected...200+hp? Dunno...

LEXUS FAN!
01-31-2006, 08:13 PM
<A HREF="http://www.mph-online.com/web/spyphotos/0032" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mph-online.com/web/spyphotos/0032</A>

DSC-OFF
02-15-2006, 10:28 AM
<A HREF="http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c306/ef0ne2/nnhg6yo6.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i30.photobucket.com/alb...6.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://www.carmagazine.co.uk" TARGET="_blank">CAR</A>

alistar26
02-15-2006, 12:10 PM
4 new shots. Can't wait to see this car at the Paris Auto Show...<p> <A HREF="http://pascalpierart.free.fr/photos/script/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=9" TARGET="_blank">http://pascalpierart.free.fr/p...pos=9</A><br><A HREF="http://pascalpierart.free.fr/photos/script/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=10" TARGET="_blank">http://pascalpierart.free.fr/p...os=10</A><br><A HREF="http://pascalpierart.free.fr/photos/script/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=11" TARGET="_blank">http://pascalpierart.free.fr/p...os=11</A> <br><A HREF="http://pascalpierart.free.fr/photos/script/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=12" TARGET="_blank">http://pascalpierart.free.fr/p...os=12</A> <p>

GoLeafsGO
02-15-2006, 12:13 PM
are the uncovered parts (the doors, etc) production or just old model being used as a shell for the new one?

the cheddar
02-16-2006, 08:11 PM
This car is going to be such a winner. The current engine was a cost-based choice. The new turbo will be so much better for this application and, hopefully, much more refined. That and what looks like a nice evolutionary styling update (and a little bigger!) are great, great moves. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I can't wait for the clubman myself. Of all the cars we discuss on this site, that one (in S form) may be the next I actually buy...

Charger
02-21-2006, 09:04 AM
<A HREF="http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=109325" TARGET="_blank">http://www.edmunds.com/insidel...09325</A>

WOB
03-11-2006, 08:22 AM
other photographs of the news Cooper S.<p> <IMG SRC="http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/4532/minicoopers016yr.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/7594/minicoopers026qs.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Mr. Fusion
03-11-2006, 08:23 AM
I found these pictures from somewhere. New spy pics of the Cooper S:<p><A HREF="http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/8127/img78109ri.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img103.imageshack.us/im...i.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/5903/img78132ac.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img59.imageshack.us/img...c.jpg</A><p>WOB posted them as images. I didn't know they were posted sorry<br>

WOB
03-11-2006, 08:24 AM
<A HREF="http://forumcotf.proboards78.com/index.cgi?board=spyshots" TARGET="_blank">http://forumcotf.proboards78.c...shots</A>

WOB
03-11-2006, 08:33 AM
we made poster the spy shots at the same time, not engraves Lucozade.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

Mr. Fusion
03-11-2006, 08:38 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>WOB</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">we made poster the spy shots at the same time, not engraves Lucozade.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ok. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> . I can't wait untill the 5 door hatchback in 2009. It would make a great first car. This should increase sales

WOB
03-11-2006, 08:45 AM
I do not believe, on the contrary, that will make fall the sales

Mr. Fusion
03-11-2006, 08:58 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>WOB</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I do not believe, on the contrary, that will make fall the sales</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know your English isn't very good but I was saying how the sales will get higher

Gian86
03-11-2006, 09:06 PM
I think this will not be all new but the front and interior part it is. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Ascariss
03-11-2006, 10:00 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>WOB</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <A HREF="http://forumcotf.proboards78.com/index.cgi?board=spyshots" TARGET="_blank">http://forumcotf.proboards78.c...shots</A> </TD></TR></TABLE><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> what the hell is COTF? and aren't the mini cooper pics from Ewans site? not that hard to spot they were shot by him.

WOB
03-12-2006, 02:35 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Ascariss</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> what the hell is COTF? and aren't the mini cooper pics from Ewans site? not that hard to spot they were shot by him.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>yes the images are with paparazzi Ewans they are on are site.<br>see.<p><A HREF="http://www.ewanskelly.net" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ewanskelly.net</A>

Mr. Fusion
03-12-2006, 04:56 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Ascariss</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> what the hell is COTF? and aren't the mini cooper pics from Ewans site? not that hard to spot they were shot by him.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>COTF or forumCOTF is Laguna's site. Ewans sent the pics to him

Ascariss
03-12-2006, 11:24 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Lucozade</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>COTF or forumCOTF is Laguna's site. Ewans sent the pics to him</TD></TR></TABLE><p>laguna was banned from here, we don't allow linking to his site.

Mr. Fusion
03-17-2006, 10:06 AM
<A HREF="http://motoringfile.com/pictures/traveler_africa_IMGA0491.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://motoringfile.com/pictur...1.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://motoringfile.com/pictures/traveler_africa_IMGA0495.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://motoringfile.com/pictur...5.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://motoringfile.com/pictures/traveler_africa_IMGA0492.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://motoringfile.com/pictur...2.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://motoringfile.com/pictures/traveler_africa_IMGA0494.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://motoringfile.com/pictur...4.jpg</A><p>Source: motoringfile

AM2K
03-20-2006, 02:29 PM
Well it appears time is ticking down, and the new Mini is merely months away. It was recently unveiled to factory staff as this quote explains...<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>The R56 was officially unveiled to staff at Plant Oxford last week. The 'Roadshow' as it was called, was fronted by Plant Director Dr. Anton Heiss. After much unneeded excitement and questioning from his on stage colleague who's name I forget, the tarpaulin was hauled off of the already half uncovered car. Dr Heiss talked us through the 'ground breaking' developments and how, in his opinion the car is even more go-kart like. Yes the R56 has grown in most dimension for example 20mm at the rear but at what cost? The only exciting development I can remember from the roadshow is the fact that the new CooperS engine, labeled the N14, is in-fact turbo-charged! <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>This was a follow-up quote which seems to potentially hint at something not so adventurous by Mini:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> In response to questions about my tone! - Yes, I am British. And yes I am somewhat bored of this model already, as I have to endure the torture as approximately 25 almost random people who are supposed 'launch champions' follow each of the R56 shells around the factory, instructing us on what to do! We all have our little part to play, and far be it from me to be silly enough as to reveal which part I play BUT when people outside of Plant Oxford see what the R56 is really like, it'll be a massive let-down.<br>Even the guy (who's name I forget again) at the head of design for R56 could only produce the word 'muchness!' from his somewhat limited vocabulary, to describe the over-all evolution of the Mini brand. They've splashed it with a bit more chrome, especially the rear lights which look AWFUL. I think the trim around the tail lights is at least 8mm thick! The 'muchness' man said this will increase the Britishness. What does that mean? If we're in the habbit of suffixing words here to describe the R56 lets use ones like, Boringness and muchofthesamebuteversoslightlydifferentness.<br>But I suppose this is my humble opinion which I am of course entitled too!<br>We've so far built over 75 R56 mules, and according to Dr. Heiss we shall have produced over 550 by the time it is OFFICIALLY UNVEILED (hint hint) in 6 months time. - From the horses mouth ladies and gents.<br>In conclusion - make of it what you will when it is released. Beware of the muchness! </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Source: <A HREF="http://motoringfile.com/section/r56" TARGET="_blank">http://motoringfile.com/section/r56</A>/<p>And some further information was found on <A HREF="http://www.austin-rover.co.uk" TARGET="_blank">http://www.austin-rover.co.uk</A> which explains:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Other snippets about the new car are already well-known, but the most interesting one for us, was imparted by a project engineer over a strong coffee about a year ago, stating that the new car is being worked on by ItalDesign (body engineering), in much the same way the Morris Ital was all those years ago. <p>Even at this late stage in the game, engineers are to-ing and fro-ing between Oxford and the ItalDesign studios, putting the finishing touches on the car, due for lauch late this summer. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>

DSC-OFF
04-07-2006, 06:07 AM
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DSC-OFF
04-21-2006, 10:46 AM
<A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/8/f2903ca4309323c06a418a4fca5e7ea8_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/0/50c0e3d4590702d1feff0079099f65a0_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/C/6cca3a871f833dbf48ee5834c8acb5ac_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/5/b193e2ffe4a363b3caa0921438264475_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://www.autobild.de" TARGET="_blank">AutoBild</A><br> <br>

62Lincoln
04-21-2006, 11:07 AM
The size of the Traveller model really makes it look a lot like other, ordinary wagons. Not my favorite.

SHEPO
04-21-2006, 12:23 PM
Looks cool!!!

DSC-OFF
04-26-2006, 06:25 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">We've recently learned that <B>MINI will most likely will not be using the name "Traveler" on their upcoming long wheel base car</B>. This is primarily due to the fact that the <B>ownership of the name is quite complex</B>. Its simply not as easy as say buying the name from one company in the UK. <B>If they decided to use it theyd have to track down dozens of corporations and individuals who currently have the rights in various countries throughout the world</B>. The <B>same can be said for the "Countryman" and "Clubman" marquees as well</B>. <p>Based on this, look for MINI to go in other directions for the name of it's long wheel base car due in 2008. U<B>ntil we hear more about a proper name, we'll be referring to the car by its internal model designation, the R55</B></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Cooper T perhaps<p><A HREF="http://www.motoringfile.com/" TARGET="_blank">MotoringFile</A><br> <br>

knicks125
05-25-2006, 03:42 PM
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<i>Modified by knicks125 at 6:59 PM 5/25/2006</i>

mzoltarp
05-25-2006, 03:48 PM
nice mild update.

Smart22186
05-25-2006, 04:02 PM
erm???????? how come on of the estates has 2 wiper blades on the back and another only has 1? <p>oh right yep i see, the door splits down the middle. hmm interesting!

Porschefan
05-25-2006, 06:16 PM
Dual exhaust on the Traveler? A little overkill, no? Overall though, the updated Cooper and new Traveler seem very promising. Hopefully more fuel efficiency will come with the new cars too!

Nurburgring
05-25-2006, 06:20 PM
I really like the update, especially the headlights and the grille! I cant wait for the estate version!Looks promising so far.

knicks125
06-16-2006, 04:35 PM
S impressions:<p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/4/d43e2246f29ab57eca1a2f5ff05d8424_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/2/c5affe00e8cb06286595d8d892e7e0e2_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A>

Designo
06-16-2006, 10:05 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Smart22186</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">erm???????? how come on of the estates has 2 wiper blades on the back </TD></TR></TABLE><p>That suddenly reminded me of the old Camry wagon... I remember as a child, the two rear wipers absolutely fascinated me (while others cared more about playing in the mud) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">

AM2K
06-19-2006, 12:15 PM
New Mini Undisguised:<p><A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/news_article.asp?na_id=220396" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....20396</A><br>

Blob
06-19-2006, 12:41 PM
well its not really undisguised. Still can't see the rear lights. The front is fantastic however and much better than the current Mini

bison
07-04-2006, 08:56 AM
I don't know if this has been posted yet, but here is detailed information on the new engine:<p><A HREF="http://www.psa-peugeot-citroen.com/document/presse_dossier/PK_PSA_BMW1103281940.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.psa-peugeot-citroen...0.pdf</A><p>It seems as though they are using an adaptation of BMW's VANOS VVT system -- it varies valve lift as well as timing.

against the wall
07-17-2006, 09:13 AM
<A HREF="http://www.worldcarfans.com/spyphotos.cfm/country/ecf/spyphotoID/6060717.002/mini/spy-photos-more-new-mini-cooper-s" TARGET="_blank">http://www.worldcarfans.com/sp...per-s</A>

ROCKAPIX
07-18-2006, 11:17 AM
Saw the Cooper S today. A very nice update. Unfortunately the dashboard was still covered.<p><A HREF="http://uplode.us/up/mini_cooper_s_01_copy.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://uplode.us/up/mini_cooper_s_01_copy.jpg</A>

Mr. Fusion
07-22-2006, 08:57 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ROCKAPIX</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Saw the Cooper S today. A very nice update. Unfortunately the dashboard was still covered.<p><A HREF="http://uplode.us/up/mini_cooper_s_01_copy.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://uplode.us/up/mini_cooper_s_01_copy.jpg</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Great pic dude. Why would they go all the way to the Article Circle in summer? Or it could have popped into the BMW test centre......

zebby
07-26-2006, 10:26 PM
<A HREF="http://www.autoweek.nl/newsdisp.php?ID=5112&cache=no" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autoweek.nl/newsdis...he=no</A>

Blob
07-27-2006, 01:39 AM
<A HREF="http://www.channel4.com/4car/gallery/gallery.jsp?id=2799&page=11" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channel4.com/4car/g...ge=11</A><p><A HREF="http://www.channel4.com/4car/gallery/gallery.jsp?id=2819&page=9" TARGET="_blank">http://www.channel4.com/4car/g...age=9</A><p>this picture pretty much reveals the new mini:<br><IMG SRC="http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/M/mini/mk2-prototype/03-large/mini-diag-trans.jpg" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Blob at 1:55 AM 7/27/2006</i>

the1
07-27-2006, 02:45 AM
It's not a radical redesign, but they didn't need that. Looks great.

the1
07-27-2006, 03:10 AM
First test drives.<p>AUTOCAR<p><A HREF="http://www.autocar.co.uk/FirstDrive_Summary.asp?RT_ID=221449" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocar.co.uk/First...21449</A><p>and<p>whatcar<p><A HREF="http://www.whatcar.co.uk/news-special-report.aspx?NA=221442&EL=3170783" TARGET="_blank">http://www.whatcar.co.uk/news-...70783</A> <br>

MINI2
07-27-2006, 09:14 AM
Just coming out of lurk mode to say we have video footage and images from the prototype test day: <A HREF="http://www.mini2.com/index.php?page=mini2news" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mini2.com/index.php?page=mini2news</A> <p>As well as opinions etc, of course.<p>Was great fun. :)