Countryman Gets Some Updates for the New Model Year

The MINI Cooper Countryman is the largest MINI available (with 5 doors!). Despite being a MINI, it has a surprisingly roomy interior and can fit four adults comfortably. As one of the most practical MINIs, the Countryman will be getting some updates.

The modifications on the Countryman will roll out this month.  The ALL4 all-wheel-drive option on Countryman should be appealing for those living in areas with rough winter weather, like here in Pittsburgh. The all-wheel drive is powered by a 181-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder.

The Countryman still gets superb fuel economy with the base manual transmission getting 27 mpg city 35 mpg highway.

The interior gets an update with new styling and colors by adding Carbon Black across the instrument panel and air vents. This will be standard on all trims. Additionally, with the Chrome Line Interior option, the Carbon Black can be highlighted with chrome. There are also newly designed door inserts making the Countryman even more comfortable and practical.

The Countryman will also come standard with a three-seat rear bench, for the first time. This can be swapped for two individual rear seats at no cost.

Contact your local MINI dealer, MINI of Pittsburgh, to see when the updated Countryman will be in stock. Visit us online anytime at www.miniofpittsburgh.com.

Advertisements

Topping out at 149 MPH, the 2013 MINI Coupe Cannot Come to Dealerships Fast Enough

2013 MINI CoupeYou may not be Jürgen Schmarl. And you may not be the 2012 MINI Trophy Champion. You may not even be a contestant in the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance Race. But, you could, however, feel as if you are any of these by owning the 2013 MINI Coupe.

Dealerships across the country are waiting in anticipation for the arrival of the 2013 MINI Coupe. For such a small car, it has created quite the hype. It truly is a standard-setter in the segment of premium small-cars.

The 2013 MINI Coupe offers three different trims—the Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works—each with a 1.6-liter engine, delivering anywhere from 121- to 208-horsepower and 121 to 192 lb-ft. of torque. The Cooper S and the John Cooper Works both have a turbocharged engine. In addition, there is the option between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, available for the first time on the John Cooper Works.

Zero to 60 in 8.8 seconds, topping out at 149 miles per hour, and delivering 29 miles per gallon city and 37 miles per gallon highway, this two-passenger, two-door ride creates a Go-Kart feel, both on the racetrack and the every-day roads.

It is flashy yet athletic and offers precise handling, reliable stability, and a sporty interior.

To become a champion, the 38-year-old Austrian, Schmarl, would agree that it is all about the engineering of the car, down to the very last detail. Although you may not have the intention to win a race, the features of the 2013 MINI Coupe could still make you feel like a champion every day that you drive it.

And, maybe you’re not concerned with aerodynamics and weight distribution to optimize the speed at which you take corners on the track. However, such attributes of the 2013 MINI Coupe could contribute to the safety and performance of your ride.

MINI of Pittsburgh is anxiously anticipating the arrival of the 2013 MINI Coupe at their Pennsylvania dealership located on 4900 Baum Blvd. Interested buyers may call ahead at 877.299.9045 to schedule a test drive.

2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP, The Fastest MINI On The Road

2013 JCW GPEight minutes and twenty-three seconds. That’s how long it took the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP to lap the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. Finishing the lap a significant nineteen seconds ahead of its predecessor, the 2013 JCW GP is the fastest MINI to date.

The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP, as you can probably guess, is essentially the MINI JCW with more of the fun, spirited driving dynamics that are uniquely MINI. A sporty body kit featuring a rear diffuser, a carbon-fiber wing above the backlight, and new side skirts don this machine. Bright red mirrors and four-spoke wheels are to its one-of-kind appearance. The rear seat has been removed for weight reduction, and the GP is expected to get the same 211 horsepower the JCW Countryman has.

As a limited edition, only 2,000 GPs will be built and sold globally, making it a rare addition to anyone’s garage. Watch for the arrival of the MINI John Cooper Works GP, expected to be offered for sale later this year, and don’t miss your chance to own the fastest MINI ever built.

MINI Paceman Cooper S Coming to Showrooms in Early 2013

The 2013 MINI Paceman Cooper S coming to market next year, a large three-door hatchback coupe version of the original MINI Cooper. Spotted in testing earlier this month, the new MINI Paceman Cooper S is rumored to come to the showroom in the first half of 2013.

A larger version of the MINI Cooper S, the new Paceman Cooper S is designed to provide a roomier ride within a hatchback form. The MINI Paceman Cooper S is 44 pounds lighter than the Countryman, lending less drag and improving fuel efficiency. The Paceman Cooper S sits low to the ground, 0.4 inches closer than the Countryman to provide a taut, dynamic drive.

The MINI Paceman Cooper S has a 1.6-liter engine able to move from 0-to-60 miles per hour in just 7.5 seconds. 4-cylinder powertrain choices are expected to be similar to the Countryman; a 120-horsepower or a 181 horsepower turbo engines.

The interior of the 2013 MINI Paceman Cooper S will feature a bucket seat for each of the four passengers, with high quality materials used throughout the cabin.

Stay up-to-date on our current inventory by visiting us online at www.miniofpittsburgh.com.

MINI Countryman Coupe on Sale Early Next Year as 2013 Model

It’s what MINI calls ‘the world’s first premium miniature SUV coupe’. At the 2011 Detroit auto show, the MINI Paceman cruised in as a two-door version of MINI’s Countryman crossover. Since then, the Paceman concept car has evolved into the production-ready Countryman Coupe. At the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the Paceman showed up with a name change and the confirmation of sales in 2013.

Projected to have the drivetrain, 6-speed gearbox and 4-cylinder engine of the current 5-door Countryman, the Countryman Coupe will most likely sport the same 208 horsepower as its predecessor. A peppy John Cooper Works version of the Countryman Coupe will also be available, with a 1.6-liter twin-scroll engine turbocharged with 211 horses. The MINI Countryman Coupe sends all of this power to MINI’s exclusive AL4 all-wheel drive system (an option for front-wheel-drive will be available). As with all MINI cars, the electric speed-sensitive steering module will provide excellent handling and agility.

A unique back-end, alternate bumper and redesigned taillights will separate the two-door Countryman Coupe from the previous Paceman concept car design. Differences between the original Countryman and Countryman Coupe are significant. Aside from the 2-door design, the Countryman Coupe is a full inch shorter than the Countryman, creating more of a ‘horizontal’ design.

The cockpit of the Countryman Coupe is expected to have front leather sport seats and upscale materials coating the interior. Details on the technology and options available for the cabin have yet to be announced. Expectations are that the backseat should offer the same generous legroom that the original Countryman had to offer.

The Countryman Coupe will start worldwide sales in early 2013, with 20,000 models expected to come to the market. The Countryman Coupe will be MINI’s 8th production car, coming off the heels of the MINI Coupe and Roadster.

The new MINI Countryman Coupe will be available at MINI of Pittsburgh in 2013. Call us for arrival information, or visit our online inventory for our current selection of new MINI cars.

Driving Fun and Efficiently with MINI’s John Cooper Works

A suite of new high-performance MINIs is coming to town. The John Cooper Works line of MINIs pack a punch of power and fuel efficiency as the newest incarnation of the MINIMALISM attitude.

The principle behind MINIMALISM relies on engine efficiency in fuel consumption and emission-reducing technology. The MINI John Cooper Works has both of these, while still offering instant power on the pedal.

The 2013 models will carry a next-generation John Cooper Works engine based on the powertrain in the MINI Cooper S. This powerhouse will use a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. The VALVETRONIC throttle-free load control boosts the response of the engine, in addition to improving efficiency.

The 1.6-liter, 208 hp, four-cylinder engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an optional automatic that features Steptronic function. The electric motor only uses energy when power is needed, which helps to reduce fuel consumption. However, fuel efficiency hasn’t affected the power and fun in the drive. The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop can hit 60 from 0 in just 6.2 seconds. The ‘overboost’ function will take the new John Cooper Works engine from 192 lbs-feet of torque up to 207.

Model lines include the MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop, MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, MINI John Cooper Works Coupe and MINI John Cooper Works Roadster. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will come with ALL4 all-wheel-drive.

2012 MINI John Cooper Works