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MINI Debuts 60 Years Edition

Our favorite British automaker is turning 60, and in true MINI fashion, they are giving us a present. The MINI 60 Years Edition features exciting new styling, a gorgeous interior, creative use of space, and that agile performance ability that we all know and love. This icon is a master at remaining true to its roots – while staying open to new ideas. MINI special editions always deliver – and we’re expecting great things from the 60 Years MINI Cooper special edition.

Door Options

The MINI 60 Years Edition will be available in a 3-door and 5-door model and will feature British Racing Green IV, pepper white top, two-tone wheels, and buttery soft interior leather and trim. You can also choose from Midnight Black metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Melting Silver metallic, and MINI Yours Lapisluxury Blue non-metallic with the eye-catching pepper white or black roof and mirror caps. Bonnet stripes with a special anniversary design completes the look.

A Historical Nod

This MINI Cooper special edition evokes the brand’s racing history. It is sporty from end to end. You’ll get the fleet-footed performance you want with touches that make you feel like a pro racer: anniversary design seen in the LED logo projection, sports leather steering wheel, sports seats, LED headlights and fog lamps, white turn indicators, LED rear lights in the Union Jack design, and MINI Driving Modes and MINI Excitement Package with ambient lighting. Add an on-board computer, rain sensor, automatic AC, and storage package, and you have a vehicle that is anything but ordinary.

The MINI special editions commemorating 60 years of innovation will be available in March 2019. Visit the experts at Braman MINI to learn more!

MINI Countryman Hybrid | 2020 MINI | Braman MINI of Palm Beach, Florida

MINI Countryman Hybrid Upgrade for 2020 Model

Oh, MINI, what treats are you going to give us now? There is always something new and different on the horizon; but this time, our favorite bulldog brand is going to address a big issue that was present in its MINI Countryman Hybrid. Many were baffled by the tested range of 14 miles – and the addition of 700 pounds of vehicle. In cars that are prized for their lean, agile presence on the road, this was a glaring issue. Luckily, it is one that the 2020 MINI Countryman Hybrid will take on.

The 2020 MINI will receive a major upgrade: while the previous version has an exceptional drive train that made driving a true joy, again, the range was a problem. Parent company BMW will increase the battery size from 7.6 kWh to 10.7 kWh. This will boost the range to an expected 16 to 20 miles on a full charge.

The extra battery capacity also serves other purposes. It will help deliver optimal performance for a longer duration. The 2020 model will manage power output more precisely. It’ll feature three modes:

  • Max Power: Both engines fire at 100 percent.
  • Normal: The advanced computer system will determine how to apply power and from which of the two engines.
  • Max eDrive: This is 100 percent rear wheel drive electric functionality.

Expect more “juice” in Normal and Max eDrive modes. But regardless of which mode you are in, you’re in a MINI! You’ll have an unparalleled driving experience coupled with the sleek, fun, and quirky style you love.

Look for pricing in the spring of 2019, or stop in at Braman MINI of Palm Beach to learn more about the 2020 MINI Countryman Hybrid. You can also peruse our inventory of other great MINI models for sale or lease now.

2019 MINI JCW | Black JCW MINI | Braman MINI of Palm Beach, Florida

2019 MINI JCW Knights Edition Unveiled

Prepare to “Ooh” and “Ahhh.” The 2019 MINI JCW Knights Edition is an attention-grabber in a family of head-turners. This sexy limited edition does the iconic brand proud and is destined to become one of the year’s most sought-after vehicles – and an instant classic. Let’s take a look at this black beauty.

A Cool, Sleek Black JCW MINI

The midnight black JCW MINI features a Melting Silver stripe that makes quite a statement against the bold exterior finish. A seemingly small change is intriguing diehard fans of the brand: the Melting Silver hood scoop has a 75 percent matte and 25 percent gloss finish: it is stunning. This is also the first piece of body work finished in matte ever on a MINI made for the US market. Lucky us!

Ishaan Khatri, MINI’s USA Product Planning manager plays it coy, saying, “Who knows, we may just see another special edition with a matte finish on more than just the hood scoop.” We certainly hope so.

Other touches include the gloss black JCW MINI Wings badges, a newly designed logo, and some great performance features. The engine pumps out 227 hp – plenty for the spirited MINI – and has a JCW tuned suspension, JCW Pro exhaust with bluetooth control and track only mode, and JCW seats that beg you to zip and zoom through narrow, twisting, turning roads.

This is a lean, mean, aggressive MINI machine. The 2019 MINI JCW Knights Edition will not sit in showrooms or on lots for long, though! Does any MINI special edition ever linger? Get it while it’s hot… and this vehicle is very, very hot. Stop by Braman MINI to learn more or to explore other gorgeous options from the brand we all know and love.

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New MINI John Cooper Works GP Confirmed for Launch

Look out, world: there’s a MINI John Cooper Works GP coming.

If you’re a MINI fan, you’ll be forgiven for drooling a little bit. We are all excited to see the MINI Cooper JCW GP – and have been since the GP Concept was presented at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt. The concept was inspired by the brand’s racing heritage, particularly its wins in the Monte Carlo Rally a half century ago.

In Munich, Germany, the MINI GP Concept earned rave reviews, and generated intense anticipation, with its dynamic design, performance, and agility. Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management for BMW AG, says, “The MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept is all about the unfettered feeling of driving and levels of performance found in motor sport competition. This is driving fun in its purest form.”

We cannot wait.

Expect the full fledged, road ready MINI Cooper JCW GP to be just as engaging and thrilling. Will the 2020 model feature an integrated roll cage? Roof scoop? Dramatically flared fenders? A dynamic rear wing? Details are still few and far between, but that can’t stop the speculating! Based on the 2006 MINI Cooper S Works GP and 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP, we’d expect a bit more power and even more firm handling to start.

Until the iconic brand reveals more, we’ll just have to dream! And check out other great MINIs for lease or sale. Whether you are in the market for a two- or four-door hardtop, a Clubman, a Countryman, a convertible, or a JCW model, Braman MINI is happy to help you find the right fit for your budget and driving style! Stop in and see us.

JD Power Rankings | MINI Cooper Countryman Sale | Braman MINI West Palm Beach, Florida

MINI Ranks Among Highest for Sales Satisfaction

MINI has more than earned its reputation as a beloved, quirky, fun, and budget- and eco-conscious brand. Drivers love the spirit of these innovative vehicles, and, according to JD Power rankings, they are just as happy with the sales experience. MINI placed highest in terms of sales satisfaction, according to the renowned research company.

Reclaiming Its Title

MINI held the title for best in sales satisfaction from 2010 to 2015. In 2016 and 2017, the brand placed second. Never content to be second best, our favorite bulldog-stanced performance beast is back on top! The JD Power rankings study looks at how satisfied customers are with the sales experience and is based on responses from nearly 26,000 consumers.

Thomas Felbermair, VP of MINI Region Americas, says, “We know that today’s consumers have a high expectation for an exceptional retail experience so we are very proud of our dealers for delivering the most satisfying experience when shopping for a new MINI.”

There are 127 MINI dealers in the US, each of which VP Felbermair thanked for their hard work and dedication. Braman MINI is proud to be among these dealerships: we are fully committed to ensuring that each and every customer is given personalized – and never pressurized – attention. The enjoyment associated with owning a MINI should begin even before you slide behind the wheel!

What models are consumers loving? Well… all of them! But MINI Cooper Countryman sale figures look especially strong. This compact SUV, which is also available in a plug-in hybrid, shot up 29% compared to the first 10 months of 2017.

Whether you want to check out a JCW model sale, a MINI Cooper Countryman sale, or a sale on another of MINI’s excellent offerings, you’ll find both the vehicle and the buying experience you want at Braman MINI. Stop in and see us!

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Orange You Glad for John Cooper Works MINI?

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

The John Cooper Works MINI International Orange Edition! This fun-loving vehicle is designed to be an eye-catching, head-turning stunner. And it pulls it off like only a MINI can! If you’re looking for a subtle, subdued ride… well, this is not the car for you.

MINI’s JCWs models are renowned for their flair and extravagance. They’re performance machines, and they certainly deliver the “Wow” factor. This model is orange. Very, very orange. Jalopnik reviewer Erica Lourd calls it a “flying pumpkin.”

Ok, appearances aside for a moment: this two door MINI Cooper features the spirited engine and performance suspension that is part and parcel of the JCW line. The 2.0 liter generates 228 hp and 236 ft-lb of torque. You’ll zip from 0 to 60 in a very respectable 5.9 seconds. The sporty six speed manual transmission makes it a joy to drive, though the six speed automatic with paddle shifters provides plenty of thrills too.

In terms of drive style, MINI is on its game with this bright orange JCW. It’s just fun! Its smaller size makes it seem even quicker and more agile, and in sport mode, your steering tightens for a moving adventure. Definitely throaty, there is also a Bluetooth-controlled JCW Pro exhaust, with which you can boost the roar. We told you this car wasn’t subtle!

This MINI also offers an intuitive heads-up display, touchscreen infotainment system, driver safety and assistance technology, a 12 speaker Harman Kardon stereo, colorful ambient lighting, bold black accents, and a double panoramic moonroof.

With the limited edition International Orange John Cooper Works, MINI indulges in its fun side. If you prefer options that are equally bold but don’t seem to glow in the dark, there are plenty of other great two door MINI Cooper models from which to choose. Visit the experts at Braman MINI to learn more and take a test drive. We guarantee you’ll have the ride of your life!

All Electric MINI | MINI Concept Cars | Braman MINI Palm Beach, Florida

All Electric MINI to Deliver Good Green Fun

“We’ve always been quite clear that we don’t want this to be a boring car. Anyone could bring an electric car to market, but it’s got to drive right, it’s got to fit right with the brand, and I’m quite confident this will.” – Steve Roberts, MINI’s head of corporate and used cars

Roberts is speaking of the eagerly anticipated all electric MINI. Due to take over the streets in 2019, this MINI is guaranteed to be a lean, green, fun machine.

MINI Concept Cars to Become a Reality

What do we know about the all electric MINI? It’s expected to be similar to MINI concept cars that debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July of this year. It’ll blend performance and sustainability beautifully, and as Roberts says, “We want people to get out and have a smile on their faces after driving that car with the typical go-kart dynamics.”

MINI has held off introducing an all electric model until technology had advanced to the point where they could offer an eco-conscious ride without sacrificing their distinctive, and beloved, driving style. This model will also deliver great range, enabling drivers to hit the road with confidence. While BMW is mum on specifics, a 300 mile range seems likely.

BMW will build the electric drivetrain at its e-mobility center in Bavaria and then finish assembly at its UK plant. It looks like the all electric MINI will be a three-door hardtop. Beyond that, specs are scarce at this point.

What we do know is that we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the all electric MINI. It’ll deliver that fun, quirky appeal we all know and love with what we expect to be industry-leading electric technology.

MINI Countryman 2019 | MINI Countryman Interior | Braman MINI West Palm Beach, Florida

A Look Inside the MINI Countryman 2019

The MINI Countryman interior represents the highest quality interior in a MINI to date. It’s exceedingly well thought out and keeps up with many far more expensive luxury brands in quality. The material choice in the MINI Countryman 2019 is superb, with a number of leather types available. The interior is luxurious and extensively engineered around the driver.

Driver First Philosophy

What really makes an interior stand out from its competitors is how well its set up. Does it feel natural to drive in? When you reach for a control, do you have to look around and search for it? Or is it set up so well that reaching for it is second nature and you don’t have to take your eyes off the road? There’s so much sensible design built around the driver’s needs that it always feels comfortable.

This comes out even more because MINIs are such incredibly fun cars to drive. When everything is second nature and the MINI Countryman 2019 feels like a second skin, driving becomes much more enjoyable. You react as a driver rather than second-guessing and that can really take advantage of the Countryman’s agile handling.

There’s a remarkable philosophy to the MINI Countryman interior. It doesn’t just feel good, it makes you feel good as a driver so that the experience of driving becomes more natural – and even primal!

Technology for Safety & Entertainment

That’s even before getting to the technology suite or the considerable cargo space. There are multiple assist features including parking sensors and parallel park assist, as well as a head-up display and forward collision warning. From the rearview camera to automatic emergency braking, the number of safety features that come standard in the MINI Countryman 2019 is incredible.

The entertainment system boasts an infotainment display, a larger touch screen, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Apple CarPlay, and other features.

Expansive Cargo Space

While the interior makes you feel better as a driver, it’s also practical in a lot of other ways. There’s 17.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up. Fold them down and you expand to 47.4 cubic feet. The hybrid is almost exactly the same – just 0.2 cubic feet less on both measurements.

Visit Braman and test drive the exciting MINI Countryman 2019 to experience the thrill for yourself.

Affordable Cars for College Students | MINI Oxford Edition | Braman MINI of West Palm Beach, Florida

MINI Offers Affordable Cars for College Students

It can be hard to find an affordable ride while you’re in school. High quality, affordable cars for college students don’t exactly grow on trees! The ones you can find often aren’t of the highest quality, and they certainly don’t come with additional options. This is the reason the MINI Oxford Edition was made. It breaks these rules and carves out a new mold.

MINI Oxford Edition Price

The MINI Oxford Edition is made for college students and recent college grads, and it’s priced for them as well. It’s open to full- and part-time students who are either at a two- or four-year accredited college or university. If you’ve graduated within the last 12 months, the MINI Oxford Edition is still available to you. The “list price” is $19,750 for the 2-door and $20,750 for the 4-door.

One of the best parts of this is that it comes with $6,900 in optional features as standard – there’s no extra cost for them. That includes an infotainment system, touchscreen, rear-view camera, park distance control, teleservices and emergency call, upgraded wheels, choice of transmission, dual-pane panoramic moonroof, and heated seats, just to name a few elements.

Making Students, Grads, and Parents Happy

This allows college students and recent college grads to enjoy a quality car that isn’t stripped of features. MINIs are renowned for their fun driving dynamics, easy control, high safety ratings, reliability, and of course their looks.

Affordable cars for college students are rare, and MINI set out to deliver cars that should appeal both to students and to parents who may be helping with that purchase. The goal is to provide a car that both will be happy with the student or recent grad driving for years to come.

Stepping Into the Larger World

When you first get out into the world from college, there are a lot of potential setbacks. It can seem overwhelming. Having a car that will be there day in and day out, that will be fun to drive as long as you have it, and that will keep you safe can do a lot to keep you active, engaged, and relaxed, whatever else may happen. The MINI Oxford Edition is a car you can take into the world with you.

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MINI Teases Electric Hardtop

The MINI electric is an exciting prospect. The MINI hardtop lends itself well to a fully electric vehicle. It’s already a light but strong car with an aesthetic that blends modern functionality with a retro look. That’s just another way of saying it’s a lot of fun to drive.

A Tease of Things to Come

The currently teased MINI electric looks very good. It maintains that funky MINI look with its big, round headlights and unsubtle features. The look is smart and eye-catching.

We still don’t know the exact details of the electric MINI hardtop, but it looks like it will have a single, front-mounted motor. At the rate that battery technology is advancing, MINI is staying quiet on the exact specs.

This is smart, since what’s available closer to production may present even better options than what’s available today. What we do know is that it will continue to push MINI’s classic mobility forward. Performance and nimble handling should feel familiar and advanced.

What We Do Know

The grille will obviously be sealed off, since the electric motor won’t need it. The four-spoke wheels that are unique to the teased concept car will be kept for the production line, which should get underway come 2019.

Range is anticipated at 200 miles or more. This again depends on the exact battery specs at the time of production. Electric vehicles are, of course, easier and less expensive to maintain. Join this with potential tax credits and they become extremely sensible vehicles to own.

An Electric Wave

With this in mind, the new MINI electric is part of a larger push by BMW Group to launch 12 new fully electric cars by 2025. The new electric MINI should be one of the most affordable in that group, allowing drivers to enjoy superb, fully electric performance as soon as next year.

We’re excited to see what this new MINI hardtop has to offer, how it performs, and how owners customize theirs. More than anything, though, we can’t wait to see how owners decide to show off their new MINI electric.