We get behind the wheel of the new MINI Roadster in Cooper S guise - can it rival the big-selling Mazda MX-5?
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The MINI Roadster is much more than a soft-top version of the Coupe. It's the first open-topped MINI two-seater ever and the first genuine affordable roadster rival to the MX-5. Prices start from £25 more than the cheapest Mazda, at £18,015.
To succeed in the roadster market, and make the sums add up, you need big sales. Mazda has managed this, but nobody else has yet. MINI may have found a way in through the back door, with the hatchback, Convertible, Coupe and now the Roadster all essentially re-clothed versions of the same car.
Audi RS6 vs Ducati 1199 Panigale R - car vs bike track battle
Audi now owns Ducati, so we decided to race the brands' most powerful
models, the Audi RS6 and the Ducati 1199 Panigale R.
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Audi now owns Ducati - so we thought it'd be fun to have a track battle
between the most powerful Audi you can order and the most powerful Ducati
you can order.
The 1199 Panigale R has a 1.2-litre V-Twin with 195bhp. There is an even
hotter Superlegera version but it’s sold out, so this R is the most
powerful Ducati you can buy.
The Audi RS6 has a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8
with 560hp – that’s 10 horses more than an R8 V10 Plus, which is why we
have chosen the estate for this track battle.
Auto Express’s Owen Mildenhall will be in the RS6 while Alastair Fagan
from Fast Bikes magazine will be on the Panigale.
With 1032bhp per tonne the Ducati did 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and the
standing quarter in 10.5 seconds compared to 4.3 and 12.4 seconds for the
289bhp per tonne Audi.
The bike clearly ruled in a straight line- but let’s see what happens
when we add some corners...
For a two-tonne car it's pretty impressive. It's got loads of grip, and the
fact that the fan was still going a long time after we finished the race is
an indication of how tightly packaged everything is under this bonnet, with
a big V8 in there. There's loads of grip and massive straight-line
performance. It's not the most thrilling car to drive on track because you
can't really do much with it, it's not very adjustable. It just grips and
that's it. You can't disable the stability control either, but there's no
doubting it's really fast.
The bike feels fast no matter what you do and no matter how fast you ride
it, you always think you'll come back to a lap record - but as proven in
the past it's not always correct.
On this occasion, the bike beat the car - but in the car's defence, there's
one thing you can do with it that you can't do with the bike: take the
whole crew out for a hot lap!
BMW M5 700 mile review - Auto Express
Join Auto Express on a 700-mile roadtrip from Spain to the UK in a new BMW
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We've already tested the new BMW M5 both on track and on road. And yes,
with a 552bhp twin-turbo V8 it has
But what is it like to live with and how does it cope over really long
distances? Is the new BMW M5 really the continent-slayer its predecessor --
with its limited range, manic engine and firm suspension -- failed to be?
There's only one way to find out: a mammoth road test from the Pyrenees in
northern Spain all way back to the UK.
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Audi A1 Sportback review - Auto Express
Audi is broadening the A1's appeal with a new five-door Sportback version,
expected to account for the majority of A1 sales. There's an extra pair of
doors, a more spacious interior with room for five, unique styling cues and
a pair of brand-new engines, too.
Our man Jack Rix gets behind the wheel at the Sportback's launch in Spain.
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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs. 2013 MINI Roadster Cooper S
Despite the MINI Roadster being the latest in a long line of two-seater
sports cars from the land of the Redcoats, when it comes to the key
qualities of style, fun and value, it's obvious that the Japanese make a
superior British roadster, even to the British.
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Mazda hasn't changed the basic design of the MX-5 since it introduced the
original version in 1989 - low weight, moderately powerful engines and
excellent handling are what the MX-5 is all about. The latest model is
bigger, safer and slightly more powerful than its predecessors and has more
in the way of creature comforts, so it's easier to live with. Storage space
isn't bad considering the size of the car, but you'll still need to pack
lightly for a weekend away.
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Abarth 500C vs. Mini Roadster JCW vs. VW Golf Cabriolet vs. Audi A5 Convertible
Soft top convertibles get put to the test in our group test. Whats best:
the 2+2 Audi A5 Convertible with 2.0T FSI power and Quattro
all-wheel-drive? The Abarth 500C with its fiesty, 1.4 T-Jet engine and Fiat
500 underpinnings? The humble Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1.4TSI with its
beautifully made Audi A3 platform? Or the agressive new Mini Roadster in
its most powerful iteration - the John Cooper Works? We will compare these
cars in all aspects from practicality to driving feel. Please enjoy and be
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2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe - Fun Over Function? Ignition Episode 11
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago finds out if the 2012 Mini Cooper
S Coupe is too quirky for its own good. Does this hard top two-seater go
too far by choosing fun over function?
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2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster 0-60 MPH Quick Take Drive & Review
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that lowers to let in all the sunshine that you can handle. It is perhaps
the ultimate lifestyle car from the ultimate lifestyle brand. If you are
looking for a practical car the 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster is not your
ride. Instead it is a fun weekend toy that will take you on a topless road
trip. In this video Nathan takes a topless trip to the town of Nederland,
Colorado in the 2013 MINI Cooper S Roadster to see how well it serves as a
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