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V-8 Mini to the max, R.I.P. Reutemann, the Golf R you can't have | Hagerty Media

Intake: British suspension specialist Powerflex has shoehorned a BMW V-8 under the hood of an R56 Mini Cooper S. The VINI has been four years in development and its four-liter, 420-hp naturally-aspirated S65 engine comes straight out of an M3.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/the-manifold/2021-07-08/
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Reinhold_Weege
Instructor

"We understand why we can’t have nice things like this—American buyers prefer the rolling fortress feel of today’s bulky crossovers to the sleek streamlined presence of a sultry station wagon..."

If this thing sat next to me in a traffic jam for an hour, I'd be hard-pressed to notice anything that sets it apart from any other modern-people-moving-pod. "Sultry?!" lol

CJinSD
Instructor

I know three people that bought new Golf wagons in the past decade. All three of the cars were lemons. I'd rather have a CUV from a company that cares about its customers.
Lotus49
Pit Crew

Well if it adds any balance to the equation, I've bought three new VWs in the past decade (GTI, SportWagen, Tiguan) and love them all; no issues whatsoever. Just affordable and fun to drive; so they at least care about one customer's top two priorities.
Iso_Grifo
Advanced Driver

"...an achingly beautiful performance wagon..." "sultry"

I notice no name on this article. It's hard to imagine who would think these things looking at that utilitarian appliance.
Flashman
Instructor

This is not a sentence: "Wheels come in three designs, two of which (the third is a combo black-and-silver affair, shown here on a Dark Verdant V-6 model)."
CJinSD
Instructor

All that trouble to build a V8 Mini and they put in an automatic? I don't want to party with those guys.
farna
Advanced Driver

The dual clutch trans has pretty much replaced a straight manual. Read up on it! It can be shifted manually, just no foot clutch. I'd prefer a clutch myself, I'm old school like that too, but this isn't an old style auto trans either -- much more efficient and snappier shifts if you want them. Time change! I can see an avid Model T owner back in 1915 or so disgruntled because the newer cars all had sticks coming up out of the floor. What's wrong with choosing gears with foot pedals??
CJinSD
Instructor

I've driven any number of dual-clutch automatics. What makes a manual a manual is that the gears are shifted by hand. When you flap a paddle, you're making a request to a computer and it is deciding when and whether or not to shift the gear. There is nothing manual about a dual-clutch transmission. They may perform better than most drivers, but so what? I recall hearing that the Rabbit personal massager gets the job done more quickly than most men. To each their own.

Lotus49
Pit Crew

Me neither.
JSievers
Advanced Driver

The Emira is beautiful. Yet another example of how far the C8 designers missed the mark. Damn they piss me off!
Lotus49
Pit Crew

Couldn't agree more.
Lotus49
Pit Crew

A Lotus 2-seater that weighs more than 3000 lbs?! Oh dear. Certainly looks good though. I guess it's more like a successor to the 3000-lb Esprit S4 V8 than a replacement for the 2000 lb Elise/Exige. Wish they'd come out with one of those too; mine is 16 years old now and starting to show its age a little.