SlickDizzy UberDork
7/1/13 9:12 p.m.

Honestly, I like it more than the outgoing model. All 3-cyl engines though? Hmm.

irish44j UberDork
7/1/13 9:23 p.m.

ugh, not more fish-mouth

fritzsch HalfDork
7/1/13 9:27 p.m.

It looks like a toy/model car, looking super fake.

Toyman01 PowerDork
7/1/13 9:27 p.m.

Probably as big as a minivan by now.

mad_machine MegaDork
7/1/13 9:35 p.m.

yes, the new MINIs are not that Mini any more. Perhaps they could be called "MAXI"s now

Toyman01 PowerDork
7/1/13 9:37 p.m.

accordionfolder Reader
7/2/13 3:12 a.m.

That is some kind of ugly. And I usually love quirky "ugly" cars. Wow I hope at a normal angle it looks better, because that is all sorts of bad.

Hasbro Dork
7/2/13 4:33 a.m.

I like it. All black, no stripes.

Lugnut Dork
7/2/13 7:40 a.m.

I like it. I don't see myself trading my '09 for one. But it still looks like a MINI to me.

ansonivan Dork
7/2/13 8:42 a.m.

Excited about that new engine, hopefully it's a big improvement over the n14.

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
7/2/13 9:55 a.m.
fritzsch wrote: It looks like a toy/model car, looking super fake.

I had the same thoughts, but after browsing through the gallery of shots, it's a real car. Apparently, the images look odd due to the super-long range zoom that was used to get them (beats me - I'm no photography expert).

I'm kinda "meh..." about them... but I'm the same way about the R56 as well.

racerdave600 Dork
7/2/13 10:28 a.m.

Makes me appreciate my R53. I also think they are going to have a tough sell on a 3 cyl. New ones like mine are now north of 30k. Maybe it's me, but I don't believe the US market will tolerate a car that costs that much with only 3 cylinders, even if it is an improvement over the old version. It's a perception thing that I don't think they can overcome.

As for looks, each generation has gotten worse with the front end as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure regulations are dictating it, but it's not a great looking car anymore. Truth is, there are many other cars in it's price range now that are more attractive in many areas, including a short step to a 3 series.

jstand Reader
7/2/13 10:36 a.m.
Toyman01 wrote:

Is that the new grill template?

ansonivan Dork
7/2/13 10:42 a.m.

^ Sound clip of the 3 cylinder in a 1 series, I think the exhaust note sounds better than the 4.

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