When production of the classic Mini ceased in 2000, BMW (the new owner of the brand) announced the successor to the Mini—which is variously called the "BMW MINI" or the "New MINI". The brand name for the new car is MINI (written in capital letters)
In 2004 the 911 was heavily revised and the 996's replacement, the 997, was unveiled in July. The 997 keeps the basic profile of the 996, bringing the drag coefficient down to 0.28, but draws on the 993 for detailing. In addition, the new front fascia is reminiscent of the older generation, with the traditional "bug eye" headlamps. Its interior is also similarly revised, with strong links to the earlier 911 interiors while at the same time looking fresh and modern. The 997 shares less than a third of its parts with the outgoing 996, but is still technically very similar to it. Initially, two versions of the 997 were introduced— the rear wheel drive Carrera and Carrera S. While the base 997 Carrera produced 325 PS (239 kW) from its 3.6 L Flat 6, a more powerful 3.8 L 355 PS (261 kW) Flat 6 powers the Carrera S. Besides a more powerful engine, the Carrera S also comes standard with 19 inch (48 cm) "Lobster Fork" style wheels, more powerful and larger brakes (with red calipers), a more sporty suspension, complete with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) which allows for electronic adjustability of suspension settings, Xenon Headlamps, and Sport Steering wheel.
Roadfly.com - MINI Cooper GP vs. Ford Mustang GT
Roadfly TV takes a MINI Cooper GP and pits it head to head against a Ford
Mustang GT. Will the Mini
Cooper give the GT a run for its money here in Willow Springs racetrack in
California? Stay tuned to find out.
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MINI USA | MINI vs Porsche
The head of MINI USA publicly challenges the head of Porsche to a race,
pitting the MINI Cooper S against the legendary Porsche 911 Carrera S on a
track in Atlanta on June 21st, right down the road from Porsche's corporate
The gauntlet has been thrown down.
Will Porsche accept?
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About MINI USA: Since its introduction in 1959, MINI has stood for
intelligent design, iconic style and unparalleled motoring thrills. The
original Mini was developed in response to a fuel shortage in the wake of
the Suez Canal crisis. In 1957, Alec Issigonis, the top engineer of the
Morris Company, was challenged to design and build a small, fuel-efficient
car capable of carrying four adults, and what he built was a perfect
balance of fuel efficiency, functionality and fun. It’s from this
heritage that the philosophy of MINImalism was inspired. MINImalism is a
commitment to doing more with less, and these virtues were not lost on the
endlessly inventive mind of racing pioneer John Cooper. He recognized the
performance potential in the Mini’s uncompromised simplicity and turned
it into a world-champion rally car.
The current MINI family builds on the tradition of the classic Mini, adding
state-of-the-art technology and modern levels of safety, quality and
reliability. And now there is a MINI model to suit just about everyone.
Drivers can choose from the iconic MINI Cooper Hardtop, the open-air
motoring experience of the MINI Convertible, the versatile MINI Clubman,
the surprisingly roomy four-door MINI Countryman, available with all-wheel
drive or the new sporty, two-seat MINI Coupe. And all are famous for their
creative use of space and nimble go-kart handling.
This is the place to get the latest news about MINI. You can let your
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experiences and post your best pics and videos.
At MINI, we believe that if we all respect each other and remember to laugh
a little more and be nice, the roads and the world they connect will be
more enjoyable places. So, let’s keep it clean.
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necessarily reflect the opinions of MINI USA.
Audi R8 vs Porsche 911 Carrera - Top Gear - BBC
Jeremy reviews the new Audi R8 supercar and claims it to be one of the best
supercars in the world - only to be interrupted by a competitive Richard
Hammond in a Porsche 911. Which one is better - the Porsche 911 or the
Audi R8? The only way to settle this argument is through a Top Gear special
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