The Geneva Motor Show is known as a supercar haven. Taking place in Switzerland, a neutral territory with no domestic auto industry, the show attracts the latest and greatest from Italian, German and British makers of high-performance automobiles. But while perusing the new and futuristic wares of the world's automakers, it was a familiar classic that caught my eye. One that, from a distance, seems the same as it's always been, but reveals plenty of tricky new details up close. This is the Mini Remastered by David Brown Automotive. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below David Brown founded his car company in 2013 to build the Speedback GT, a two-door coupe built on a modern Jaguar XK-R chassis with styling heavily reminiscent of an Aston Martin DB5. (The "DB" in Aston Martin's model names commemorates David Brown, who owned the automaker from 1947 to 1972; Mr. Brown of David Brown Automotive is no relation.)"With the Speedback, that was always going to be a lower volume, very … [Read more...] about David Brown Is Building the Best Mini Coopers in the World
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If you’re in the market for a new performance-oriented GT car, your choices are plentiful. Cars like the Aston Martin DB11, Jaguar F-Type, and Lexus LC500 all provide tons of luxury, prestige, and performance capable of satisfying most enthusiasts. But not everyone can have the pleasure of owning a traditional grand touring car. Some people live in the Northeast, where rear-drive hampers drivability in the winters. Maybe they have children or dogs, and need extra doors for easy ingress and egress. Whatever the case may be, there are a lot of folks out there that can’t live with a purpose-built, two-wheel drive, two-door coupe, but still want an engaging, enjoyable luxury sports car. The answer? The new M5, obviously. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The 2018 BMW M5 is the first M car ever (besides the X5 and X6 M SUVs) to receive an all-wheel drive system, rather than have all its power sent to the rear—and that’s not even the most interesting part. BMW … [Read more...] about The 2018 BMW M5 Is the Best Supercar for When You Actually Have a Life to Live
Paint. It’s the first thing you see when you approach your car. It’s a reflection of your personality, your taste, and your style. That being said, forum member nbg2010 wants to know which manufacturer makes the best paint colors? Nbg2010 is a big fan of Dodge colors such as Toxic Orange Pearl and Billet Metallic currently offered on the Dodge Challenger. Also mentioned was Jaguar’s British Racing Green and the BMW Group which has churned out distinct colors such as Estoril Blue (BMW M3 E36), Laguna Seca Blue (BMW M3 E46), and Surf Blue (MINI Cooper Countryman). Do you agree with those choices? Who do you think offers the best colors, past or present? Thanks again to nbg2010 for today’s TOTD! … [Read more...] about Thread of the Day: Which Car Company Makes the Best Paint Colors?
Travelling to Dagenham to experience some old Ford Fiestas on Essex back roads might not sound like the stuff that driving dreams are made of, but this is a chance to experience pretty much the whole hot Fiesta bloodline in a single day. It’s also an excuse to visit the Ford Heritage Collection, which is housed in an anonymous-looking industrial unit that sits on the edge of the diminished Dagenham factory site. The arrival of the Fiesta ST200 provides an excuse to dust off some of the collection’s hot Fiestas from throughout the ages, and we’ve seized the opportunity to make a back-to-back comparison of four generations in one day. It’s not the definitive story. There are some gaps in the collection, because it’s made up mostly of cars that have been donated. The most obvious spaces in the fast Fiesta timeline are the original Mk1 XR2 and the, although the Heritage Collection team are on the lookout for good examples of both. So if you have one … [Read more...] about What is the best hot Ford Fiesta?
Mini refer to 'go-kart-like handling,' I'd be retired, living on a beautiful piece of coastline somewhere in the Caribbean. Perhaps even on the shores of Puerto Rico, where Mini chose to launch its latest Cooper and Cooper S hatchbacks. As with so many frequently used phrases, though, there is indeed some truth to the cliché – while the Mini Cooper has never actually handled quite like a go kart, it has always had a certain directness in its movements, reacting to steering inputs with an immediacy and fervor unlike most any other automobile meant primarily for the street.Combine those unique driving dynamics with a sense of fun that permeates the entire brand from pre-sales marketing to the actual sales process itself and you end up with a marketplace success. As an ex-Mini owner myself (a 2009 Cooper S Convertible), I can attest to the kinship felt between fellow Mini drivers who share in the knowledge that they are having more fun than the poor appliance-driving masses … [Read more...] about 2014 Mini Cooper
"Umm, you okay? You don't sound right". I, err, am okay. Let me call you back." That's not the usual dialogue between me and the wife. Okay, to be honest, the last part is what normally happens when am at work but otherwise I am always coherent with her. Well, sorry I don't have the time for you right now. Rishabh's call pops up on the second line. I cut that too. Don't have time for helping others when I am busy helping myself. The car I am driving today is my all time favourite the Mini Cooper S JCW, but with a Pro Edition tag to it. Need I say more?Looks and interior Aggressive body kit and this green and red colour distinguishes it from the regular Mini Cooper SThe JCW editions of the Mini Cooper S have always come with aggressive body kit - Midnight Black/Racing Green colour palettes, red roof and mirror caps, exterior mirror package that brings in puddle lighting, red upholstery, LED headlamps, JCW embossed carbon fibre tail pipes, JCW aerodynamic kit and 17-inch black alloy … [Read more...] about 2017 Mini Cooper S JCW Pro edition road test review
Our anniversary issues over the years have involved fast and exotic machines. And we've either taken them to racetracks or to fast roads around Rajasthan. So for our 18th birthday, we decided to party in a different style. No, we weren't planning to get sloshed at the hippest pub in Mumbai. We are OVERDRIVE, you see? Party time is behind the wheel of an interesting car. It should arouse sensations that remind us how lucky we are to find ourselves doing a job that we love. But we did not want exotics. What's the point when you are driving less and worrying more about managing the car in the chaos that's Mumbai.We zeroed in on three cars. Cars that bear names so iconic, you could probably name streets after them. They possess enviable history and a generous dollop of character which is seldom found in cars these days. The Mini Cooper S, Abarth 595 Competizione and the Volkswagen Beetle were ours for few days, and we loved every bit of our time spent with them.As my eyes fell on the … [Read more...] about Comparo: Mini Cooper S vs Abarth 595 Competizione vs Volkswagen Beetle
We have to commend the design team at Lego—it would appear they’re a fanatical, car-crazy bunch. They’re also patient, because it’s been an agonizing three years since the too-cool-for-school 1962 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van and the hyper-technical Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400 were released. But the wait for a new kit based on a real vehicle was worth it: The latest slice of buildable hotness is an almost absurdly detailed classic Mini Cooper.Drift Theory: Razor’s Crazy Cart is the Best $400 Emetic Around2015 Ferrari California T Driven: Californication, with Two Turbos2014 BMW M235i Automatic Tested: Stick with M3s, Eschew the StickIf you thought the 1334-piece VW Camper kit was impressively complex, the smaller Mini is created using nearly as many pieces—1077, to be exact. That was by design, however, as the team wanted to celebrate the real Mini’s clever space efficiency by cramming as much detail into the Lego version as possible. There’s a … [Read more...] about Lego Releases Mini Cooper Model, We Want It Ever So Badly
There is a handful of cars that look very different from anything else on the road. They attract attention mostly for their snappy styling. Volkswagen's New Beetle comes to mind, so does the Chrysler PT Cruiser. The Mini Cooper falls into this trendy category, but unlike the others, it has some serious sport baked in, which is what we've always liked about this car, especially the supercharged S model. Like the two other eye-catchers we've acknowledged here, the Mini follows suit, adding a droptop version (naturally aspirated and supercharged forms). We got the hot one, all 1.6 liters and 168 horsepower of it, connected to a six-speed manual. A base Mini Cooper S convertible fetches $25,450, or $4500 more than the coupe. The droptop premium is in the ballpark with what you'd fork over for a topless PT or Beetle. With another $3220 in options, our car dressed out at $28,670, including $1300 for blue leather, $550 for an upgraded sound system, and $420 for the Cool Blue … [Read more...] about Mini Cooper S Convertible
Perhaps you heard. Volkswagen ran into a little trouble with their previously acclaimed TDI diesel engines.No matter.Volkswagen’s recently introduced 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas-fired engine was already beginning to weaken the case for the optional 2-liter diesel. But now a new 1.4-liter turbo – yes, a wee little 1393 cc four pot – generates the same amount of torque as the 1.8T, has only 20 fewer ponies, revs with sweet abandon, and produces real-world fuel economy figures that challenge the TDI.The pick of the Jetta range? You better believe it. More pertinently, there’s no better base engine in an affordable small car in 2016. Say goodbye to the TDI if you must, even temporarily, then welcome this TSI with wide open arms.At least, as wide-armed a welcome as you can give a Volkswagen so soon after its betrayal. Our reactions, while at varying points between 1 – amazement that Volkswagen could be so stupid – to 10 – disgust … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s 1.4 TSI is the Best Small Car Base Engine Today