Coming Soon: 2016 MINI Cooper S – Clark (aka SuperMINI)

It has been a busy summer so far!  Between trying to find a good home for my 2006 MINI Cooper S, Scooter, and preparing for the arrival of my new 2016 MINI Cooper S, Clark (as in Clark Kent), things have been pretty hectic lately.  I can finally see the end of the tunnel, however.  In just over a week, Scooter’s new owner will be flying down to pick him up and bring him back to his new home in Indiana.


While that is bittersweet, the arrival of my new MINI is just around the corner.  Just two days ago, my 2016 MINI arrived at the VPC in Brunswick, Georgia aboard the K-Line vessel, Eurasian Highway, and, today, went through vehicle processing.  Unfortunately at this time, 2016 models are being held at the VPC, but hopefully they will be released within the next week so I am not without a car for too long.

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With Clark’s release date coming any day now, I figured I would finally share information on the build as well as what I have planned and what items have already been ordered/received in preparation for his arrival.  Here is how Clark (or should I say, “Kal-El”, if we are keeping with the Superman theme and since technically he won’t be “Clark” until the mods start lol) will arrive at Vista MINI before any customization begins:

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Model: 2016 MINI Cooper S Hardtop 2 Door 6 Speed Manual
Color: Deep Blue Metallic with White Roof/Mirror Caps
Upholstery: Leatherette Carbon Black
Fully Loaded Package, including:
Premium Package
– Comfort Access Keyless Entry System
– Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
– Storage Package
– Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System
Sport Package
– Dynamic Damper Control Suspension
– LED Headlights with Cornering Lights
– LED Fog Lights
– White Turn Signals
– 17″ Tentacle Spoke Silver Wheels
Wired Package
– Navigation System XL
– Enhanced Bluetooth and USB/iPod adapter
– MINI Connected + Visual Boost XL
– Center Armrest with Mobile Device Docking
– Realtime Traffic Information
John Cooper Works Interior Package
– JCW Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel
– Sports Seats
– JCW Stainless Steel Pedals
– JCW Door Sills
– JCW Leather Shift Knob
– Anthracite Headliner
JCW Rear Spoiler
Alarm System
Chrome Line Interior
Rear Fog Lights
MINI Heads-Up Display

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You may recall that I originally was going to order a factory John Cooper Works 6 speed manual.  However, after playing around with a Cooper S with the John Cooper Works Pro Tuning Kit Exhaust, I quickly changed my mind and decided to go that route instead.  My JCW Pro Tuning Kit arrived a few weeks ago ahead of the car!  One other factor that played into my decision was that MINI will not let you order a JCW in Deep Blue Metallic.  Instead, you have to opt for the darker, Lapis Luxury Blue (a $1000 option!).  Since Lapis Luxury Blue was a tad too dark for the “Superman” theme I was shooting for, going with a Cooper S and adding the JCW bits later just made sense.

One thing I would need to do in order for the idea in my head to become reality was to figure out how to make the roof and mirror caps Chili Red.  While the factory JCW has an option for Chili Red roof and mirrors, no such option exists for a Cooper S, unfortunately.  That left me deciding between painting a brand new car’s roof or going with a professional wrap job.  Using a wrap would be the most cost-effective method, however, the JCW spoiler has a few curves that would make wrapping difficult.   In the end, I decided to use a hybrid approach of painting the mirror caps, brake ducts and JCW spoiler Chili Red and using a Chili Red color-coded vinyl to wrap the rest of the roof.


I really liked the Chili Red accents from the factory JCW that were used on the front grill and side indicators.  Unfortunately, these parts are not available in the US market just yet.  As a result, I had to order them from Europe thanks to eBay and some help from Luis “The MINI Part Guru” at Tom Bush MINI.  Since the car is being fitted with the JCW Pro Tuning Kit and exhaust (not to mention the JCW Interior Package), I felt it was acceptable to add these JCW bits to the exterior.


It is no secret that the front bumper of the F56 MINI Cooper S sticks out like a sore thumb (due to European pedestrian crash standards).  The chrome grill surround does not help draw attention to this, unfortunately.  To remedy that, I decided to order a chrome grill surround and get it wrapped in a glossy black vinyl so it is ready to put on the car when it arrives.  This should help blend the front bumper into the car a bit better (why doesn’t MINI USA offer this as an option from the factory is beyond me!).


Originally I was going to opt for the John Cooper Works Pro Suspension option.  Unfortunately I was informed after I ordered my car that the JCW Suspension is not compatible with cars that have the Dynamic Dampers installed.  As a result, I am researching adding the nm Engineering lowering springs to the car to help with ride height and to stiffen the suspension up a bit (stay tuned for future updates on that!).  One thing that I decided to order straight away, however, was the nm Engineering 22mm adjustable rear sway bar and end links to help reduce the understeer inherent in the vehicle.


So there you have it!  Hopefully within a week I can start transforming “Kal-El” into “Clark” lol.  Oh – I almost forgot!!  The good folks at Boca Tint and Wrap who are doing my roof wrap and tint are also making a nice Superman “S” logo magnet that I will be able to use for MINI events and car shows.  This will will allow “Clark” to change into “SuperMINI” when the need arises ;).


I will continue to post updates as the process continues so check back soon!

Video: F56 MINI Challenge Race at Brands Hatch

Check out Dan Prosser try his hand at racing the new F56 MINI Challenge car at the famous Brands Hatch raceway!!  Amazing power being put down by the Cooper S engine!!  275hp sure would be fun to drive :).  I also kinda like what they did to the front end of the F56.  I am sure the aftermarket will have an aero bumper attachment in body color soon to cover the black front bumper!

For Sale – 2006 MINI Cooper S

After having so much fun last weekend playing with that F56 with the JCW tuning kit, I decided to pull the trigger and order a 2016 MINI Cooper S in Deep Blue Metallic with the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit and John Cooper Works Pro Coil-Over Suspension from Vista MINI!! I will post more details on the new build soon!

Unfortunately, this also means I have to sell my 2006 MINI Cooper S, Scooter :(. As much as I just LOVE this MINI, my wife does not share the same desire as I do to own 3 MINIs at this time, so I sadly have to put Scooter up for sale :(. To say this saddens me is an understatement. Many of my friends will understand… I have had SO much fun with this MINI and have met SO many awesome people as a result of this little car. I really hope I can find a good home for him within the Sunshine MINIs community so I can still get to see him from time to time ;).


I will be selling Scooter with all of the go-fast goodies installed on the car including the fully adjustable coil-over suspension, JCW exhaust and JCW intake AND will also include all of the original sport suspension parts, original airbox and other original parts as well as 2 sets of extra racing wheels as part of a complete package. The car is currently setup with a suspension configuration that is great on the street and track. Handles LIKE A DREAM and is mechanically sound. You will be hard-pressed to find another 2006 MINI in better condition.



2006 MINI Cooper S

Exterior: Chili Red with White roof and mirrors
Interior: Gray Leatherette with Black Interior
Interior Surface Anthracite
Chrome Line Interior
Premium Package
– Multifunction Steering Wheel w/ Cruise
– Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof
– Automatic Air Conditioning
– On-Board Computer
Sport Package
– Dynamic Stability Control
– Front Fog Lamps
– 17″ ASA Alloy Wheels
– Bonnet Stripes in White
– Xenon Headlights w/headlamp powerwash
Mechanical Limited Slip Differential
Rear Fog Lamp
Harmon-Kardon Sound System (this thing is AMAZING!)
HomeLink Universale Garage Door Opener in Rearview Mirror
BMW/Apple iPod adapter
Auxiliary Input jack



Over $10,000 in upgrades:

Performance Upgrades:
John Cooper Works Aero Kit – Chili Red
John Cooper Works Sports Exhaust with Chrome tips and JCW logo
John Cooper Works Carbon Fiber Spoiler
John Cooper Works Air Intake
Minspeed 15% Supercharger Reduction Pulley
ATI Super Damper Crank Pulley
Schroth Quick Fit Racing Harness (Driver Side) with quick release to make it easy to take out of the car when not in use
Forge Aluminum Coolant tank

SPC Performace Adjustable Rear Control Arms

Suspension Upgrades:
BC Racing Fully Adjustable Coilover Suspension (front and rear) with front Camber Plates
Alta 19mm Rear Adjustable Sway Bar in Chili Red
SPC Adjustable Rear Control Arms
Powergrid Adjustable Endlinks
M7 Understrut System
Front End Cabrio Stiffening Braces
EBC USR1007 Sport Slotted Brakes with Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Extra Parts Included:
(4) 17″ Wed Sport TC005 Racing Wheels in Anthracite (14 pounds each!! – worth $1000 alone!)
(4) 17″ Enkei Evo 6 Racing Wheels in Anthracite (18.5 pounds each)
Original Sports Suspension
Original Rear Sway Bar
Original Endlinks
Original Rear Control Arms
Original White Spoiler
Original Air Intake
OEM Super Damper Crank Pulley BRAND NEW IN BOX


All service and repair work since car was brand new done at Vista MINI.

Recent Repairs:
– Brand New AC installed by Vista MINI less than 6 months ago (still in warranty)
– Clutch was replaced just about 20,000 miles ago (main seal was replaced at the same time as a proactive measure since transmission was open)

DynoJet Numbers

Mileage: 125,000 (July, 2015)
Asking Price: $9,999 ($8,999 for MINI Community)

If interested, contact Pedro @ 954-425-7235.


MINI Community Discount:
Before I post this to the non-MINI community, I will be offering a priced-to-sell asking price of $8,999 for the above package to someone from the MINI Community in hopes of keeping the car in the club. If you know someone that is looking for a SOLID, meticulously maintained MINI, please let them know.

The car will be available in mid-August when my new MINI arrives at the dealership. In the meantime, if anyone is interested, I will be accepting a small $500 deposit to reserve the car until that time.

Virtual Test Drive:

(UPDATED 2015-06-21 with photos from this weekend)

(UPDATED 2015-07-01 with virtual test drive)

(UPDATED 2015-07-12 with updated mileage)