MINI Cooper S Works 210 review

The MINI Cooper S is already great fun to drive but this Works 210 model’s power boost and louder exhaust add an extra level of enjoyment to the mix. The improvements aren’t enough to beat a Ford Fiesta ST Mountune, as the MINI is not quite as fun to drive and it’s a bit more expensive. It’s arguably better as an everyday car than a John Cooper Works, though, and still has plenty of performance. The MINI Cooper S Works 210 is a new model that bridges the gap between the standard Cooper S and the more hardcore John Cooper Works hot hatch. It costs £2,710 more than the Cooper S, and for that you get a series of upgrades including more power. It’s a rival for the Ford…

Slow down! Seattle cuts speed limits by 5 mph, but drivers will have grace period Seattle transportation workers spent Sunday installing 145 signs announcing the new 25-mph arterial speed limit in the central city — an attempt to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. Warnings are expected to be issued for the first two weeks to a month, followed by traffic fines, said Norm Mah, spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). A basic speeding ticket costs $136. • The former 30-mph limit falls to 25 mph for downtown and connecting central-city arterials, including those in the South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Chinatown International District, Belltown and Uptown areas. Arterials are generally the streets with more than two lanes, or two-lane streets divided by yellow striping. • The residential speed limit of 25 mph falls to 20 mph throughout the city, including...

'Toyota Prius Prime Dethroned By Hyundai Ioniq Electric As The Most Energy-Efficient ... NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Employees prepare to unveil the new Hyundai Ioniq series during the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center on March 23, 2016 in New York, NY. Hyundai introduced their Ioniq line of energy-efficient cars, including an electric, a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid model.(Photo : Bryan Thomas/Getty Images) Looks like the title of being the most energy-efficient car in the United States will be taken away from the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. The model just managed to take the title a few months ago, but with the all new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric debuting soon, its features are set to outperform Toyota's offering and all other cars on the market, according to the US EPA's testing system. Advertisement...

Mercedes-AMG Hypercar To Employ Exact 1,000bhp Engine Used By Lewis Hamilton's F1 ... The looming Mercedes AMG hypercar will be equipped with the same engine that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are currently using in the team's Formula 1 car. Advertisement It is worth noting that the said car will be road legal and currently there are no plans to debut a track-focused adaptation of the machine. Although powered by a championship-winning Formula 1 engine, AMG's first hypercar will be designed exclusively for use on the public road. According to Mercedes, the only substantial differences to the 1.6L, V6 hybrid engine will be minimized compression ratio and a comparatively lower idle speed, as idling at 3,000rpm isn't quite traffic-friendly. Retaining its 10,000rpm limiter, the engine is expected to produce an F1-comparable 1,000 HP (horse power) by means of a ...

GPS mandatory for trucks carrying minerals: Odisha Govt BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Saturday decided to make installation of GPS (global positioning system) in trucks transporting minerals mandatory to bring transparency in the business.The government gave a deadline of December 28 to owners of trucks to complete the process. Those not following the rule, officials said, would not be given permission for transportation.The decision was taken at a state-level task force meeting chaired by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi. He directed officials to keep a tab on mineral-laden trucks to see if they were adhering to the order.Director of mines Deepak Kumar Mohanty said the integrated mines and mineral management system (or i3MS) has been developed by the Odisha Space Application Centre to keep a watch on trucks from the ...

Your diesel badass off-road Chevy Colorado ZR2 is here Two years ago Chevy showed off a diesel-powered, off-road Colorado pickup and resurrected the ZR2 nameplate. Today, that car is officially real, still has a diesel engine (or gasoline if you wish), and features a list of off-road goodies so long that would have Ivan Stewart think about trading in his Toyota.The production truck looks nearly identical to the 2014 concept, with a power bulge on the hood with a black accent. Another dead visual giveaway is the front bumper, redesigned for better approach angles and integrating an aluminum skid plate. The bed-mounted spare tire on the show truck will be offered as an option as well. The suspension is listed two inches, the track is three-and-a-half inches wider in...

‘Big Tex’: Joel Griswold’s 2015 Freightliner 122SD Joel Griswold’s 2015 Freightliner 122SD is powered by a 505-horsepower DD15 Detroit and Eaton 13-speed. The truck, nicknamed “Big Tex,” is used to haul steel coils, slit coils and sheet metal for Griswold’s small flatbed company out of Clayton, Calif. Griswold has added a Protech step box and chain box and a Road Gear headache rack. The truck also features a diamond-plated deck plate with quick-release air lines and a Texas-style bumper. Click here to see more photos of reader uploads or to submit your own.

Transportation funding boost on hold An infrastructure funding boost that was approved and paid for by Congress last year is once again on hold because of a short-term spending bill. Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed in December 2015, investments in Highway Trust Fund transportation projects were supposed to increase by $2.4 billion starting in fiscal 2017. But House leaders unveiled another continuing resolution (CR) on Tuesday evening that would continue fiscal 2016 spending levels through the end of April.Supporters of the funding boost say states that were banking on the increase will now approve fewer projects, while businesses and workers will miss out on new contracts and jobs for the next few months.Top Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had pleaded with appropriators to ensure that...