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MINI John Cooper Works Named Sportiest Import

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MINI has always been the “little engine that could.” Over 50 years ago, John Cooper, a legend in the racing world, saw the potential in the MINI. Its wide stance and transverse engine meant it could be a “Giant Killer” on the track. Cooper tweaked its engine and brakes – then drove the nimble, fast creation to victory.

Since, the MINI Cooper has won virtually every prestigious international racing award. Another feather in its cap: the MINI John Cooper Works was just named “Sportiest Import.”

German publication Sport Auto asked its readers to vote on their favorite pick for sporty performance vehicles. The magazine presented readers with 25 categories and some 235 models. MINI took the prize with 28.2 percent of the vote in the category of Best Small Imported Car.  The gutsy British make is a worldwide favorite; not only does it capture attention with its distinctive go-kart styling, but it has the performance chops to thrill adventure-seeking drivers.

The MINI John Cooper Works is available in several models, from the two-door hardtop to the maximized MINI JCW Clubman All4. The base (two-door hardtop) features a TwinPower Turbo that generates 228 spirited horses and 235 ft-lbs of torque. It’ll power you from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds. Added to this is an upgraded transmission, sport suspension, enhanced brake ducts, and an aerodynamic spoiler.

With sports seats, a contrast stitched steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, sophisticated Anthracite headliner, fully body aero kit, and contrasting roof and mirrors, the JCW looks as sporty as it drives.

If you are looking for a new MINI for sale, consider the award-winning John Cooper Works models. Fast and fleet, they put the joy back in driving. Visit Braman for more information – and for a test drive you won’t soon forget.

MINI is Going Electric!

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MINI is a unique brand. Not only is their distinct bulldog styling instantly recognizable – and much beloved all over the globe – but their history is steeped in practicality, value, and innovation. Created during a fuel crisis, the MINI was designed to offer an efficient, affordable ride. Today, the brand, under BMW leadership, is driving towards the next level. An all-electric model will be at a Palm Beach MINI dealer near you in the not-so-distant future.

BMW has indicated it will create electric versions of various cars in its lineup, presumably the X3 and/or X4 crossovers. Rumor has it they’re also working on an electric MINI. It is not without precedent. Before the introduction of the i3, BMW’s electric offering, they created the MINI E. Owners in a pilot program were leased the vehicles so they could provide real-world testing. This data was then applied to the i3.

BMW is hoping to leverage its engineering prowess to accelerate past the competition, particularly Volkswagen and Daimler. Both of these brands have aggressive electric plans. As well, luxury brands Audi and Tesla have been owning the market with stunning offerings. An electric MINI would appeal to the brand’s diehard fans, as well as drivers who want an eco-conscious ride.

While still in the speculation stage, we can expect the all electric MINI to roll out in about three years. This will give parent company BMW time to perfect their electric powertrain – and fans time to anticipate this new addition to an iconic line.

Visit Braman for great MINI lease specials; you will get to enjoy the thrill of driving this gutsy little performer – and leave yourself open to upgrading or switching to an electric model in the future. Come and see what MINI has in store for you.

Ditch the Crossover…Go with the MINI Cooper S Clubman

2016 MINI Cooper S Clubman | Braman MINI

Looking for just the right crossover can be exhausting. There are so many to choose from, trying to figure out which one will deliver the power, performance, comfort, and cargo space you need can be a bit much.

So skip looking and go straight to one of the top choices in the industry: the 2016 MINI Cooper S Clubman. The Clubman may not seem like a crossover at first glance. But when you truly look at it, you’ll see that blend of classic MINI style with SUV muscle and realize that it is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Sit inside a new MINI for sale and you’ll quickly discover that it’s spacious, strong, and has all the MINI boost that you’d expect. Given that it features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp and 217 lb-ft of torque, that should come as no surprise.

There’s simply something exhilarating about getting into a fantastic car and driving off into the sunset. Or the midday sun. Or the rising sun. Let’s face it – it could be raining cats and dogs and it would feel great to be behind the wheel of a 2016 MINI Cooper S Clubman. The handling and grip it has on the road leaves no room for worry in such conditions. From going on a vacation to cruising to work and back, the Clubman has your back in every way – and with every comfort imaginable. Four doors, plush interior, smart technology, amazing sound system, it’s the kind of car that’s not just for show – it’s straight up fun to drive.

If you haven’t ever considered a new MINI for sale, then why keep yourself waiting? If you’ve been in the market for a new car, make it a 2016 MINI Cooper S Clubman. You can test one out for yourself at Braman MINI and discover what it is that makes a MINI so satisfying to drive.

Keeping Your MINI On The Road

MINI Cooper Service Center | Braman MINI

Your MINI is special to you. MINI knows this. That’s why they make them with such care and attention to detail. But there’s more to it than that, and they make sure to go the extra mile for you. That’s why every MINI comes with a warranty at no cost to you. Something not working right? Part malfunctions? While MINI’s standards are very exacting, they know that not everything can be perfect 100% of the time. This is why a good MINI Cooper Service Center is essential to your needs – and why the warranty is there to help.

MINI’s warranties typically last for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. They cover everything about your MINI car (tires exempt). So should anything happen during the warranty period, you’re covered. However, even when the warranty runs out, as long as you’ve got a MINI Cooper service center to visit, you’ll be in good hands. The Braman MINI location features such a service center, which gives you a place to go to get your MINI back on track quickly. What’s more, you can keep an eye out for MINI Cooper service specials in order to take advantage of certain services when you need them.

Going to someone who fully understands MINIs can be essential to car health. You’re not taking it to someone who works on all sorts of cars and might know what’s wrong – you’re taking it to someone who understands MINIs explicitly and will know for a fact what the issue is. That’s a big difference – and a very important one.

Questions? Feel free to ask at Braman MINI. Inquire about the MINI Cooper service center as well as what type of MINI Cooper service specials you can expect and where to find them. Knowing will help put you at ease knowing your MINI will be on the road in no time, should it ever have reason to take a pause.

A Closer Look at MINI Handling

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Been eyeing the new MINI Cooper for sale? There are definitely more than a few to choose from. Your final choice will most likely come down to personal preference in terms of design, size, and aesthetics. Why just those? Because every MINI is imbued with fantastic driving capabilities, power, and amazing handling. You simply cannot go wrong.

A quick visit to your West Palm Beach MINI dealer will show you everything you need to know. Take a few spins yourself in different MINI Coopers, and you’ll be able to feel the difference between the iconic MINI and just about any other car. MINIs are built for speed and agility. In fact, racing is in MINI’s blood. You might be surprised if you rewound time to take a look at some of the past races MINI has participated in – or you could look at today’s list and discover all the races they’ve currently taken on. These little bulldogs are actually thoroughbreds in disguise!

Strip down any new MINI Cooper for sale and you’ll see a surprisingly simple looking concept. However, closer inspection will reveal all the secrets to you; all the intricate details and careful craftsmanship that go into each and every MINI drivetrain and more. Powerful all wheel control means that you’ll own corners, not just drive around them. You’ll be in control the entire time, with a powerful grip on the road that won’t let go anytime soon.

When you decide to get a MINI, one of the things you absolutely must do in order to fully appreciate what a MINI can do is take full advantage of Club Braman’s Performance Driving Event. Your trusted West Palm Beach MINI dealer can fill you in on all the details, but it will give you a chance to race your MINI like never before under the assistance of a professional driver. It’s an amazing experience, and one that will have you fully appreciating everything about MINI’s handling.

MINI Could be Joining Team Hybrid

MINI Clubman | Braman MINI

Hybrids are growing in popularity – and no small wonder. Now that luxury car makers are finally taking note about people’s desire to enjoy a car that is better for both the environment and their pocketbooks, hybrids have been appearing across the board. And with Tesla making waves throughout the industry, MINI may be the next to take up the reins of luxury hybrid power.

The 2016 MINI Clubman is already out on the scene and people are, understandably, excited. News of a potential MINI Countryman Hybrid is only stoking the fires of interest. Now, keep in mind that this is all still in speculation stage – but it’s quite the juicy rumor! The folks down at Braman’s South Florida MINI dealership won’t be able to confirm or deny anything – but chances are they’re talking about it, too.

Word on the street is that a MINI with the Countryman design has been spotted being test driven. The hint that it might be a hybrid? A sticker on the bumper that read “hybrid test vehicle.” Seems pretty clear cut, but who knows how long MINI will work with the concept and how long it will take them to develop it into something they like – something that aligns with their remarkable and distinctive brand. A stickler for getting things right, MINI isn’t likely to reveal anything to anyone until they’ve got a prime example to show the world. The 2016 MINI Clubman is a good example of that.
In the end, don’t hold out on a MINI hybrid. Without any solid information it might be a while before you have your hands on one. In the meantime, you can achieve exceptional fuel economy with the Countryman. Hybrid or standard, this brand is synonymous with efficiency. And fun. Find out for yourself with a test drive.

MINI Doesn’t MINImize on Safety

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A lot of people make the assumption that smaller cars aren’t safe. However, usually that assumption isn’t backed up by hard evidence. The truth is, small cars are not inherently less safe than larger vehicles. And when it comes to MINI, getting safety right is a top priority.

That’s why this year, you’ll find every new MINI for sale sporting a great rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To start with, the 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop Two-Door left the facility with a “Good” rating –  the highest that the IIHS offers – not in one, two, or three tests, but each and every one.

This model also scored an “Advanced” rating when it comes to crash prevention, which provides drivers with forward collision warning and auto-braking capabilities. When you talk to the experts at Braman MINI Cooper in South Florida about these results, they’ll proudly tell you about the industry-leading features that keep you and your passengers safe.

People may remember in 2014 when MINI failed the side crash test, which lead to a recall. MINI was motivated; failure was in no way acceptable. This is why they performed the recall and then worked hard to not just fix their error, but create improvements for even better results later on. This year when the side crash test was administered , MINI passed with flying colors – and again, with the IIHS’s top marks.

In fact, if you were to inquire about a new MINI for sale, experts are more than happy to show you all your options. Especially when the MINI earned the top rating for the Small Front Overlap test, which is the hardest test for a car to pass.
Modern technology has allowed MINI to truly ramp up the stakes so that other cars have a lot to live up to. No longer can size be a factor when it comes to safety – that myth is long gone.

2017: The Year of the Countryman

New MINI Countryman | Braman MINI

The new MINI Countryman is on the way. The beloved brand is already giving folks a little sneak peek inside the car, much to their delight.

MINI has released an inside look at not just the plug in hybrid variant, but also the silhouette, internal structure, and safety features. Fans of MINI have been comparing the old look of the Countryman to the new silhouette, noting differences that show the new car to be a little more aggressive in terms of its design, such as harder angles and well placed creasing. You could say that the new MINI Countryman is more rugged, and when it is finally released, you may not be wrong.

Once it’s available for sale, you can visit Braman MINI West Palm Beach to check this exciting new model out. What you won’t see are the safety features that make up the structure of the car. They’ll be tucked away inside doors and within the design in order to provide you with the safety you deserve, such as upper side impact beams. MINI’s dedication to safety knows no bounds, so feel free to ask about additional safety features that the Countryman will no doubt be sporting as well.
Check out the images yourself, including the image of the drivetrain, which is in itself a thing of beauty. MINI wants everyone to be able to see what they’re doing and how they’re going to make 2017 the year of the Countryman. Then a quick trip to Braman MINI West Palm Beach will give you the chance to test it out in person. You’ll soon see that with all the features, comfort, and excellent driving experience that the new MINI Countryman has to offer, it’s no surprise why everyone was excited for the newest addition to the famous brand.

Who says a MINI has to be Mini?

MINI Cooper Clubman | Braman MINI

People tend to equate MINI cars with, well, being small inside and out. But designers over the years have managed to do a bit of magic, if you will. For example, while on the outside a MINI Cooper Clubman may look just slightly larger than the typical MINI many people are used to, it’s actually incredibly spacious on the inside.

Looking for MINI lease specials? Then the next time you’re out and about, take a look at the Clubman. Need a comparison to put it into perspective? The new Clubman is the biggest car that MINI has ever produced, and it is still smaller in size when compared to the Mazda3 hatchback. Sporting four doors and a unique barn-door style design for the back, it’s got a lot to offer. Four adults (or five, if a few people are a bit on the smaller side) can fit into the Clubman, and the back still offers a decidedly decent area where you can store everything from groceries to sports equipment.

With excellent MINI lease specials to choose from, your real challenge will be to find the Clubman that you like the best – or any MINI, really. It isn’t just the MINI Cooper Clubman that has a bigger-on-the-inside feeling. And you may not even need all the space that the Clubman is currently offering. The best way is to let the Braman MINI representative know what your lifestyle is like, what you’re looking for in your MINI, and allow them to provide you with a few ideas on which MINI could be your dream car. Then, the fun part: test them out!
You’ll quickly find that sitting behind the wheel of a MINI is a delight. There’s no cramped space to be found, and you’ll be surrounded by luxury and safety. What more could you ask for?

MINI Takes the Gold with “The Defiants”

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Unexpected stories are always appreciated. They are the kind that get written into legend, into the annals of history. And MINI highlighted numerous Olympic athletes this year due to their amazing stories and ability to defy the odds. In this, MINI has dubbed them “The Defiants” and showcased these athletes in an ad to support them and everything they do.

The ad wasn’t just about MINI Cooper deals. It was about showing how it is important to overcome labels, how these labels are not what defines us, and we are who we want to be – even if sometimes it means fighting against the odds. Some of the athletes included were Jake Gibb, a volleyball player who is a two-time survivor of cancer, IIbtihaj Muhammad who is a Muslim fencer, and Carlin Isles, a Rugby player who was once marginalized as “a special ed kid.” Labels have followed these folks – and more – throughout their lives, and they’ve had to work hard in order to show people their true abilities.

Other athletes who participated in unscripted interviews about their challenges included Serena Williams, boxer Claressa Shields, boxer Carlos Balderas, weight-lifter Morgan King, and swimmer Cullen Jones. Each of them had a story to tell, and MINI wanted to help them reach ears across  the nation.

Braman Palm Beach supports MINI’s campaign in every way, and we’re proud to be a part of such an amazing company that goes to the lengths it does. They, too, encourage you to defy labels. You are not just what others say you are. Far from it. You are you – and you decide what that means. Be yourself at Braman Palm Beach and drive home knowing you’ve done something for yourself. Something that will enhance your life and open up new possibilities.