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Motor down to Grand Central Channelside the third Thursday of each month and you might find yourself having way more fun than you expected. You can find out more about the series by visiting Ferman BMW of Tampa Bay or clicking on this link ; https://www.facebook.com/events/499439976766216/

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The world’s automobile manufacturers are rolling out their newest and bestest beauties in Motor City USA. We at Ferman BMW are quite fond of this Red and Black item seen on many websites, tell us what you think or find out more on http://www.MOTB.co

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The Paceman Cometh

A really great reason to get up and on the road February 3rd.

A chance to see and examine the New MINI Paceman.

A chance to Pick up some MOTB Prizes.

An opportunity to see what type of Brunch a British Brand can offer.

A paid visit to Honeymoon Island for those who register.

Call Tina on 866 732 1136 and tell her how many are in your party.

Cash & Food Donations collected for The Dunedin Doggie Rescue.

This is a dog friendly event but like with other family members only the friendly ones are asked to stay.

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The Paceman Preview, Beach & Brunch.

via The Paceman Preview, Beach & Brunch.

You might think us a little biassed here at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay, but we can totally understand why more and more drivers are deciding to Motor down the Avenues of America in a Cooper, Clubman, Countryman, Convertible, Coupe, Roadster and soon to be Paceman. Talking of the Paceman join us on Superbowl Sunday for a sneak peak at the newest addition to MINI’s line up in the USA. Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be served 11am – 2pm look to www.MOTB.co for more information
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Official Release: The British premium small car manufacturer MINI can look back on an eventful year marked by new sales records, successful model launches and expansion into new markets worldwide. 2012 once again served up a wealth of highlights for brand aficionados, as well as being the most successful year to date for MINI. Not only has the vehicle line-up been extended to seven models, meaning more choice than ever, but MINI is now represented in over 100 markets around the globe for the very first time. Worldwide sales of the MINI brand totalled 301,526 units last year, more than in any previous 12-month period. The MINI review of 2012 summarises the year’s most important, most extraordinary and most astonishing events.

The full story here at this link  MotoringFile » Archive » MINI Looks Back at the Most Successful Year in its History.

There are times when your jaw drops and lust rises from you inner DNA and this particular photo can do that if you are wired the right way. If your strands are clued up to the  JCW Martix of Madness this shot will do it for you!

To see the basic version of this Pinup in the Flesh start your Superbowl Sunday with a Dog and a U2 lead singer at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay aka http://www.MOTB.co —–11am-3pm

If you have to call to find out more leave a message at 727 772 5218 – xoxo

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MINI JCW Paceman WRC 2013! | RallyLife.cz.

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Is your MINI missing some vital Lumbar support – here is the REtrofit

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MINI Cooper REtrofit Lumbar Support.

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A question we have at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay is what happened to the 74mpg MINI we read about that’s driving around the UK ? Your thoughts appreciated here or at http://www.MOTB.co

MotoringFile » Archive » If MINI USA Brings a Diesel, Would you Consider it?.

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More  news about the MINI Paceman from Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay, scouring the web for tidbits to tittilate we thought you might be interested in this narrative. Look to www.MINIofTampaBay.com for incoming inventory of all descriptions.

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When the BMW X6 was introduced there was no one clamoring for a less functional, sportier version of the X5. Yet sales followed at a pace that made BMW look like geniuses, and other automakers took note. Now MINI has introduced its own crossover coupe in the MINI Paceman. Is the Paceman another answer to a question no one was asking? Or is it another brilliant move?

This was the question I kept asking myself from behind the wheel of the Paceman, and I got my answer. It came around mid-day, climbing into the Spanish mountains with the Mediterranean in full view. Corner after corner, our Cooper S test car made the case that the Countryman never quite proved — that a 3,000 lbs crossover has a right to wear the MINI badge.

Many cars that look better in person than in photos. Count the Paceman among them. The Paceman has wider rear flanks than the Countryman, and is simply more voluptuous in person. The 3/4 rear view looked rather dramatic the first time I saw it. I immediately got the sense that the Paceman was a bit of a playground for the MINI Design team. The rear lights are turned horizontal, which helps visually lengthen the car. They have a jeweled quality that looks all the more impressive lit up. Add to that the subtle creases and curves of the body lines and we have a MINI that looks sculpted in a decidedly modern way.

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3 Doors and ready for action, the all new MINI Paceman available from MINI of Tampa Bay

Obvious care and intention went into crafting the Paceman’s shape. In our eyes the results are striking. From the refreshed grille up front, to the sloping rear window, the Paceman has a unique visual identity that speaks of its sporting potential. Luckily, our drive through the western island of Mallorca saw that potential realized.

Throughout the elevation changes and tight corners, the Paceman never felt out of its league. The feedback and general composure was not only miles ahead of any other small crossover, but a significant improvement over the Countryman. This isn’t by accident. MINI has re-calibrated the electric steering and endowed the car with more of that all-important characteristic: feel. With a relatively quick ratio and a bit more nuance in the corners, the Paceman simply feels more eager than the Countryman.

The New MINI Paceman

See your way out of the dark in a MINI Paceman from MINI of Tampa Bay

A revised suspension also helps the Paceman’s case. Essentially, MINI took the Sport suspension from the Countryman, optimized it for this car, and fitted it to the Paceman as standard. Because of these adjustments, the Paceman sits one cm lower than the R60, which impacts how the car looks, but more importantly, drops the center of gravity slightly. It may not sound like much, but the better body control of the stiffer suspension, along with the lower ride height, gives the Paceman a more agile feel. Those concerned about outright comfort can still opt for the standard suspension, but be warned, it’ll be a lot less fun.

For all its capability, the Paceman is still no MINI Hardtop. I could feel the extra 200-300 pounds when pushing the car hard. That said, for a crossover with no right to do so, the Paceman produced ear-to-ear grins in the Mallorca canyon switch-backs. Our front wheel drive Cooper S test car lacked the neutrality of the All4 set-up, but it weighed less and felt much closer to the R56′s reflexes than any Countryman we’ve ever driven. This despite being nearly identical in weight. In total, each model of the Paceman weighs around 30-40 lbs less than the Countryman.

Another of the more obvious changes between the two cars is the lack of rear doors. However, simply removing two doors wasn’t a straightforward exercise. MINI Design had some aesthetic issues to solve in removing two doors from a car the height and length of the R60. The Paceman’s front doors are actually smaller than they appear. A large 5-6″ lip on the trailing end of the door increases the visual length of the door and moves the cut-line further towards the rear wheels. It works well for the design but creates an issue opening the doors in tight parking spots.

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Is it us or do the air vents look a little smaller on this MINI Paceman?

While the exterior features major changes over the Countryman, the interior (at least up front) sees only minor but welcome tweaks. Yes, the window controls have moved to the doors. Does that impact the character of the car? Absolutely not. In fact, I welcome the change. MINI can be MINI in a number of ways and the placement of window controls has confused people for years. In my mind, it’s a welcome change and one that we’ll eventually see across all MINIs.

MINI Design also addressed the massive grey plastic surround in the center of the dash that cradled the speedo and center vents. The secondary part of the trim is now the same color and pattern as the dash, effectively making it disappear from sight. This reduces the visual weight of the design, making it much less of an eyesore.

The interior of the new MINI Paceman

The more agressively bolstered rear seats in the new MINI Paceman

In the back, things are decidedly different than the Countryman. With the rear doors gone, MINI has locked in a rear bucket seat layout. While similar to the four door Countryman, the Paceman’s rear seating has crucial differences. For example, the seats have a deeper bottom cushion with more aggressive side bolstering. The result is comfortable and more secure in the corners. Headroom was more than adequate for my 6’2″ frame despite the sloping roofline.

Exclusive to the Paceman are optional factory 19″ wheels. These aren’t JCW wheels either. However, in talking with MINI, the best setup for both comfort and handling feel is still the standard 17″ option. Comfort aside, those 19″ wheels fill up the wheel wells very nicely.

Drivetrains across all models are identical to the Countryman. The US still only gets the Cooper, Cooper S and JCW (starting spring 2013). However, one notable difference to the 2012 Countryman is the updated clutch. Both the manual-equipped Paceman and 2013 Countryman will have the upgrade, which allows for better engagement and more feel.

With the Paceman, MINI didn’t set out to right the wrongs of the Countryman. Clearly the Countryman is doing just fine, with sales exceeding that of the hatch last month in the US. Yet with the Paceman, MINI had an opportunity to prove that their larger platform can be more of what people think of as MINI-like. On the switchbacks of Mallorca it did just that. I can also say that as someone who lived with a Cooper S Countryman All4 for a year, the Paceman is a revelation. It’s quick-witted and more MINI-like in its attitude, yet it stays true to BMW’s “Sport Activity Vehicle” ethos.

Look for the Paceman to hit US dealerships in March of 2013, with the Cooper S priced around $28,000. That’s about $1,500 more than the comparable Countryman, and this price offset will hold across the entire lineup. The range will include the Cooper and Cooper S at launch, with the JCW following shortly thereafter.

Does a crossover coupe make sense? Obviously, if you don’t like the look, go elsewhere. But if you connect with it, the Paceman is an intriguing and entertaining proposition for those looking for a all-weather, vehicle with quick wits. It’s also practical than expected, with more boot space than the Countryman and roomier, more comfortable seating than the R56.

I’ll be frank. In concept, I struggled to look past the size and weight of this car, especially coupled with the lack of rear doors. Yet in the flesh, all those concerns melted away while the style, presence and driving experience of this car took over. It won’t be the practical workhorse the Countryman is for many. Yet for those who are willing to trade a little practicality, the Paceman offers a lot of style and rewards that compromise with a significant handling upgrade. All-in-all, the Paceman is a welcome addition to the MINI line-up, but most of all, a welcome iteration on the Countryman.

Full article at http://www.motoringfile.com/2012/11/14/motoringfile-first-drive-mini-paceman/#more-27044

 

And now for the bad news, there are only 500 coming to the USA. The good news is that if you own a 2006 GP you will be ahead of the queue for the 385 cars available after the dealerships claim theirs. Call Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay for the details the local hotline is 727 490 MINI (6464)

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The soon to be very elusive MINI GP

MINI has such awesome accessories. But I have to admit I’m really excited about their collaboration with PUMA. Now, there’s some styling MINI gear!

In the past MINI has leaned more towards “in your face” styling from black and white checkers to a bright mishmash of colors. The new MINI/PUMA accessories have a more refined urban quality. Still very MINI but a modern refined design with a funky twist. And I say yay!

Stop by Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay and get your MINI on!