MINI & BMW to Dramatically Expand Small Car Offerings

In various interviews over the past few months, BMW executives have hinted at grand plans for the UKL platform. Reported by both MotoringFile and BimmerFile, the UKL platform will spawn an onslaught of FWD models. This will make MINI more long-term viable and will drive the BMW Group to greater economies of scale. Yet just how far BMW is willing to go with FWD, and how big the MINI brand will get hasn\'t really been understood until recently.

BimmerFile First Drive: MINI JCW GP

We\'re going to tip our hat here. It may come as no surprise that the 2013 R56 JCW GP is the fastest MINI of all time. Yet what <em>may</em> be surprising is that it\'s the most involving and engaging MINI we\'ve ever driven. And it feels closer to an M product than any JCW created yet.

BimmerFile Video Review: 2013 MINI JCW GP

You can learn a lot about a car (especially a car designed for the track) in ten hard laps on a well designed track. If you haven\'t read our full review of the car, certainly <a href=\"\">check it out</a>. However if you want a quick, seat of the pants look at the GP as I enjoyed my second stint behind the wheel at Circuito Mallorca RennArena, click play and sit back.

BF Review: MINI JCW Coupe vs BMW 1 Series M Coupe

The high end of the MINI JCW line versus the low-end of the M line. It\'s a little apples to oranges but in the BMW Group empire, these two aren\'t that far apart in positioning and pricing. So what better way to spend a weekend than to take both of these highly coveted cars out to the backroads of the United State midwest and have a face-off.