The 2013 Mini Paceman to be shown at the 2012 Paris Auto Show will be available with two diesel engine options: 122-bhp 1.6-liter I-4 and an optional turbocharged pumping out 184-bhp.
The limited edition 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP is powered by a specially-tuned version of the 1.6-liter engine producing 218 horsepower and only 2,000 slotted for production.
They may be small, but they are genuinely entertaining to sling around the track.
More front-drive nirvana from Mini: the new 2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster.
Nani Roma takes on stage two of the 2012 Dakar Rally in his Mini sponsored by Monster. (Photo by Willy Weyens)
Mini Cooper at Monte Carlo Rally (1968)
This is such a fine photograph, so sharp, so still. And watching the Mini racing at Monte Carlo can put a smile on your face, thinking about the rough terrain this little guy had to overcome (which it did very well).
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The biggest changes are found inside, where the Mini Inspired by Goodwood features much of the same leather and wood trim you’d find in a Rolls-Royce. Almost everything in the cabin—including the dashboard, seats, center console and roof lining—is finished in the Rolls-Royce-exclusive “Cornsilk” color, which is a very soft and warm shade of beige.
The BMW Group is cross-pollinating its British brands by injecting the nimble Mini Cooper with a smidgen of the luxury and refinement of a Rolls-Royce. The result is the Mini “Inspired by Goodwood,” to be shown for the first time during the Shanghai Auto Show.
It’s probably fair to say that the original Mini Cooper S, which won so many rallies back in the 1960s, elevated the status of rallying to new heights and that lead to the World Rally Championship (WRC) becoming the world’s second most popular motorsport series, behind F1.
Last year BMW Motorsport announced it would return to the WRC with the new Mini. On Monday, the Mini WRC Team was officially presented to the public at the Team Launch, which took place at the Mini Plant in Oxford, England. This season the team will contest six rounds of the WRC.