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    New '14 Mini

    Mini opps I meant 225i. The Mazda 5 version will be out in '15.


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    Get that weak shit off my track

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    I understand the point, but the thread is misleading. And I definitely don't see BMW. Nor Mini. Just straight up Mazda from that shot. Super meh.

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    Hey, since somebody started this party, let's kick it off right!




    Motor Trend has posted their 2014 MINI Cooper First Drive (along with a handful of other journos).

    The base-model Cooper comes with a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder that creates 136 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. That climbs to 169 when in overboost. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic. Mini did not have any autos available for testing on the three-cylinder engine, but the manual worked flawlessly with short, smooth throws.

    In fact, I first thought that my test vehicle had a four-cylinder engine, because of the torquey goodness it offered me. All of the torque kicks in at just 1250 rpm and this was quite noticeable when passing other cars, as sometimes I did not even need to downshift.

    The Cooper comes with an EPA rating of 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway for the automatic and 41 mpg highway for the manual.
    I really like the base MINI Cooper now. I think it looks cleaner than the S, it's still available with a six-speed manual, and I'm diggin' everything I read about the new "TwinPower" turbocharged triple. Starting MSRP is $19.9k but pricing out a base Cooper hardtop with any amount of options pushes the price tag up to at least $22k.

    To this (and every other small car) I suppose the proper response is "Mazda2!!"... but I dig my MINI.

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    Heh. Zing.

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    Joe, the '90's called -- they'd like that ad back. #snapsizzle

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    It was true then, and it's true now.

    I remember back in the '80s there was lots of talk between Saab and Volvo about merging, since both knew they weren't going to be able to do it alone. But Saab was 100% committed to FWD and turbos and Volvo was 100% committed to RWD and bigger motors and nothing ever happened, there was no synergy. Then GM bought Saab and Volvo fucking caved, dropping all of their RWD cars in a matter of one generation of product. How much grief could have been saved if Volvo had taken their eyes off their feet and looked a few feet ahead!

    So maybe BMW is doing the right thing.

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    But I thought You wuvved wabbits, Joe!
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