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What MINI Do I Have?

If you're looking for parts or accessories for your MINI Cooper, Hardtop, Hatchback, Four Door, Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Paceman or other MINI models, you've come to right place.  We have parts and accessories for EVERY model MINI and EVERY year (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). 

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Please select your model from the left side navigation to start shopping*. If you don't know what model you have please scroll down and select from the images below (and reference the body style and production dates). The production DATE of your MINI is listed on the drivers side door jamb.

*To shop only for a particular model, continue selecting categories/products via the click-through navigation. The "Search" bar searches the entire site regardless of model (unless you select your model from the search box drop down menu). Each product has a specific fitment guide in the product overview.  Always double-check that the product you are ordering lists your model in its fitment guide!

R-fifty WHAT?:

MINI models are categorized using the letter R or F and then 2 digits. This is the chassis code format that BMW uses. There are some inconsistencies but for the most part they are pretty intuitive. Generation 1 and 2 MINIs start with the letter "R" while the generation 3 MINIs start with the letter "F." The following is breakdown of every MINI model and the years of each body style. Within each model are minor changes such as bumper redesigns (2004 on the R50 and 2011 on the Gen2 models, etc), engine updates (N14 to N18 engine in 2011) and other minor changes. MOST of these changes are noted in the product descriptions for products are affected by these running changes.

Click the image that matches your MINI.

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Generation 3:




















Still confused? No worries, read below or give us a call.

Hatchbacks/Hardtops (R50, R5, R56 and F56 models) are defined as any 2 door MINI that seat 4 and have a 'hatchback' type trunk that hinges from the top of the roof and has a boxy overall shape. MINI started referring to this model as the 'Hardtop' when they heavily diversified in 2011.

Convertibles (R52, R57 and F57 models) are the 2 door MINI that seats 4 and have a convertible soft top.

Clubman (R55 and F54 models) are the slightly longer than the hardtop MINI model and have either the 3rd door on one side (or 4 door type released in 2016). Clubman have the dual side hinged rear doors.

Coupe (R58 model)
seat 2 and have a large glass-filled rear hatch. This is a less common MINI body style but has a distinctive roof line which some describe as a helmet.

Roadsters (R59 model) are similar to the Coupe in that they only seat 2 but are a convertible. They are often confused with the convertible model that seats 4 and look very similar with the tops down.

Countryman (R60 and F60)
the larger models that have 4 doors and more bulky appearance. They look like a small SUV and have a taller/fuller body than other MINIs. The Countryman is different from the Four Door and Clubman models and is often confused with the Clubman. Please review the images carefully to confirm your model.

The MINI Paceman (R61) is nearly identical to the Countryman but only have 2 doors yet seat 4. Paceman are fairly rare and had a short life span of just 5 years from 2011 to 2015.

The Four Door MINI (F55)
was released in 2015 and is basically a stretched Hatchback with 2 extra rear passenger doors and is sometimes called the 4 door hardtop (totally confusing too). It is NOT the Clubman which has dual barn doors in the rear. 

Cooper vs Cooper S:
Within each of these body styles are the base Cooper, Cooper S and JCW (John Cooper Works) model. Generation 1 'S' models had a supercharged engine while the Generation 2 Cooper S models had a Turbo. Generation 3 are also Turbo charged. It's best to either look at your MINI and study the following.

Exhaust Tips: One of the biggest visual differences are the exhaust tips on the S model. Cooper S models have DUAL center exit tips (aside from the Clubman, Paceman and Countryman which have single tips on either side of the bumper). All Cooper base models have a SINGLE exhaust tip.

Hood Scoop: In general the Cooper S models have a hood scoop. However the Countryman and Paceman MINIs did not have hood scoops at all.

Grill: Grill on the Cooper are typically horizontal slats vs the black mesh on the Cooper S model. Many Cooper owners (gen2) upgraded to the black mesh style grill to make it look like a S. Gen1 Cooper and S model MINIs both came from the factory with horizontal slat grills but the Cooper S model generally (unless it had the Aero body kit) had body colored (unless it had the Chromeline exterior package) slats while the Cooper had chrome slats.

It's CONFUSING! Drop us a line or give us a call if you have any questions before ordering. If you'd like to continue reading you'll likely pick up bits of information that will turn you into a professional and will be able to talk like a long time MINI owner at your next MINI club meeting.

Gen 1 vs Gen 2 vs Gen3:
We cluster MINI models into 3 basic cateogories describing the major design changes and major model upgrades. Each cluster is listed below. Aside from door handles, rear view mirrors and a few other accessories like license plate frames, badge holders, etc there is NOTHING from a Gen 1 MINI will work on a Gen 2 MINI and virtually the same when it comes to the Gen3. Sorry, but if you have some floor mats from your Gen1 MINI they will not fit the Gen2. Futhermore, lots of other aftermarket websites have not updated their websites and have the wrong fitments listed for their product descriptions. We put a ton of effort into keeping our descriptions and categories up to date, but if you find an error please let us know via email.

Gen1 MINI:

Gen2 MINI:

Gen3 MINI:

Mini vs MINI; Mini Classic vs 'new MINI':
While we do love the classic Mini we do not sell products for the classic Mini which was produced under the Austin, Rover and other brands from the late 50's to the tail end of 1999/2000 when the new MINI was released under the BMW brand in 2002. Most MINI enthusiasts consider the 'classic Mini' to be the 'original' MINI and will typically type it out as "Mini" and will type out the new "MINI" in all caps.

Wrong MINI model listed?:

If you've shopped at other MINI Cooper accessory online webstores you may have noticed that they list parts for a 2007 and newer MINI and don't specify the difference between Hatchback, Clubman, Convertible or other models. If so they DON"T know what they are doing. RUN AWAY FAST!  Or better yet, come shop for your MINI parts at OutMotoring.com. If you find a error on a product description, category or photograph please email us right away so we can fix it. We're only human and a few things slip by occasionally.