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Mini Cooper Coupe: First Look

Model proliferation continues as scheduled over at Mini with confirmation of a production coupe, not to be confused with the traditional Mini Cooper hardtop with rear seats. The Mini Cooper Coupe, shown here undergoing testing, is a spitting image for the Mini Cooper Coupe Concept model shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The big distinguishing features from the regular Cooper are the unique roof, two-seat layout and increased cargo capacity. Mini also promises that the Coupe will be the fastest-accelerating Mini ever, with the highest top speed as well.
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Mini Rocketman to spawn production model in 2014

According to Auto Express, the decidedly adorable Mini Rocketman Concept from this year’s Geneva Motor Show might be headed for production as a new entry-level model within the next few years. If the rumors are to be believed, we could see the new mini Mini on the streets as early as 2014.

Auto Express suggests that a production version of the Rocketman could share a lot of its underpinnings with BMW‘s new i3 city car. Executives were quick to dismiss the notion that a Mini vehicle would be produced under BMW’s “i” division, but that, “the technology we are developing for the ‘i’ family of cars will certainly be made available for the rest of the BMW Group.” Makes sense.
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Mini to Use Rolls Royce-Prepped Goodwood as a Sub-brand for Bespoke Models

In the same way the John Cooper Works moniker designates high-performance models, Mini plans to use the Goodwood name as a sub-brand for high-end luxury versions of its cars. According to British magazine Autocar, which quotes sources from within the company, the Goodwood badge will be used on luxurious, bespoke Minis just like the JCW badge is put on its high-performance models.
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MINI heads back to rally racing [video]

Here’s a video showcasing MINI’s return to rally racing this season with the MINI Countryman WRC.

The brand is banking on its history in the sport to lend it some credibility as it embarks on a return after so many years of absence.
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German Tuner Thinks Louis Vuitton-esque MINI JCW with up to 252HP Looks Kewl

We’re no luxury handbag experts, but the first thought that comes to mind upon seeing CoverEFX’s MINI John Cooper Works [JCW] tuning proposal is a….Louis Vuitton bag on wheels. For obvious reasons, the monogram canvas is different than the one found on the products of the famous French design house, but its styling as well as the colors and the leathery texture of the special foil wrap all point to an inspiration that come from Louis Vuitton.
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