I picked up a new GoPro Hero4 Black Edition over the weekend so I decided to test it out and film a quick virtual test drive of Scooter, my 2006 MINI Cooper S that I currently have for sale. Make sure to turn up your speakers and watch it in HD ;).
Whoa!! Just saw this posted up on MotoringFile.com and it blew me away. This MINI Countryman was FLYING on the Ring!!! Impressive handling I must say. This video is a must-watch!
Here are a few good videos on the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit. I hope to make one once I get my hands on mine as well. For now, enjoy these:
I have to admit, I am liking the interior of the Clubman a lot. The outside is not so bad either. I see a lot of potential with this new MINI ;). Check out the new commercial that just dropped today!
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
– Multifunction Steering Wheel w/ Cruise
– Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof
– Automatic Air Conditioning
– On-Board Computer
– 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:
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
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 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.
– 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)
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)
While visiting friends in Jacksonville, Florida this past weekend, I stopped by and said hi to my buddy John Genduso at Tom Bush MINI who happened to have a new F56 MINI Cooper S equipped with the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit. He was nice enough to let us take it out for a spin and we all walked away impressed!! Check out the video below for a taste of the fun we had!!
Things may have been quiet on the MotoringFun.com site, but over the past several months, I have been busy doing my homework trying to decide which configuration my next MINI would come in. For the record, I love my 2006 MINI Cooper S. It is a GREAT car and I have had a lot of fun memories in that car. If it was up to me and money was no object, I would get a new MINI and keep my 2006 as well! I just love the R53 and I do consider it the next classic MINI. Unfortunately, my wife does not share my desire to keep 3 MINIs in the family at this time and my 2006 will most likely be going to a new home soon :(.
So what MINI could possibly make we want to part with my 2006? It turns out that the new F56 MINIs are quite a blast to drive. I will be the first to admit that visually, the R53 is simply beautiful design, free of European pedestrian regulation. The F56 is, unfortunately, visually constrained due to newer pedestrian crash standards. I think BMW has done the best that they could with what they had to work with and, when configured properly, the car can look very attractive as well.
Visual aesthetics aside, the F56 is a beast of a machine!! Even the standard Cooper with its 3 cylinder turbo engine is whoot and a half! The Cooper S has way more torque and power than my 2006 Cooper S and puts a smile on your face each time you stomp on the gas. The factory John Cooper Works model brings the enjoyment to a new level with even more acceleration power and way more stopping power. I had pretty much made up my mind to go for the manual transmission 6 speed factory John Cooper Works configuration until this weekend I was given the opportunity to play with the new John Cooper Works Tuning Kit for the F56 MINI Cooper S while visiting a buddy of mine who happens to be the Sales Manager at Tom Bush MINI in Jacksonville, Florida.
To say I was impressed is an understatement. The John Cooper Works exhaust and ECU tune that comprise the tuning kit simply bring to life the regular F56 Cooper S and turns it into a MINI that I boldly say is MORE fun than the factory John Cooper Works MINI!! Why did MINI decide not to make the tuning kit exhaust available on the factory John Cooper Works is beyond my understanding. I am told you can’t even add it later because the tuning kit is designed to be comprised of the exhaust and ECU tune that is not compatible with the tune that is on the factory John Cooper Works cars. Unfortunate for MINI, but fortunate for buyers like me who can actually get a more fun car for less money!
Sure, the factory John Cooper Works has about 24 more horsepower than the Cooper S with the tuning kit (the tuning kit adds 15 horsepower to the standard Cooper S for roughly 204 horsepower). So what?? As someone I met at the Dragon said very wisely, “you drive TORQUE and sell horsepower”. Believe me – the tuning kit produces plenty of torque to make your face grin from ear to ear. Not to mention the sound of the exhaust note that is produced with the tuning kit. It is FAR superior to that of the factory John Cooper Works MINI. I am currently uploading a video of our test drive from this weekend which should be posted shortly.
Last week USA Today reviewed the 5 worst cars in which Fiat was included… This week they look at the best and MINI took a spot!!
I often get asked to keep my eyes out for any good deals on any used MINIs. A friend of mine sent this to me and I had to do a double-take on the mileage!! If this car truly has 9,412 miles on it and is in good shape, this is quite a deal!! If anyone decides to buy it, let me know!!