The new MINI John Cooper Works is the most potent MINI to date with a 0-62 mph time of 6.1 seconds via the optional six speed Steptronic sports automatic gearbox, which features Launch Control.
It goes on sale priced from £23,050 for the MINI John Cooper Works six-speed manual or £24,380 if you add the six speed Steptronic transmission.
MINI John Cooper Works is powered by a 2.0-litre MINI TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, that outputs 231 hp (5,200 – 6,000 rpm) with 320 Nm of torque between 1,250 – 4,800 rpm. With the six-speed manual transmission 0-62 mph takes 6.3 seconds and there some 10 per cent improvement in 50-75 mph time over the processor with it now taking 5.6 seconds. The top speed for both transmissions now is 153 mph.
The John Cooper Works features MINI’s MINIMALISM technology which reduces fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions - the manual JCW records 42.2 mpg / 155 g/km, with the automatic being more efficient at 49.6 mpg and 133 g/km – these are NEDC figures.
Power is delivered through the front wheels with the choice to two transmissions, a six-speed manual that features automatic rev matching technology to ensure down changes are smooth with the engine speed matched to the wheel speed. Where the six-automatic allow manual changes from the steering wheel mounted paddles – once the paddles are engaged the driver is in control of changes both up and down.
The JCW runs on standard 17-inch Race Spoke alloys with the 18-inch Cup Spoke design available as an option, braking is aided by a four piston Brembo set up on the front with 330 mm brake discs – the calipers are finished in red with John Cooper Works logo.
Standard safety equipment comprises Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Torque Steer Compensation. The DSC system can be fully disconnected and incorporates Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control.
You can opt for Head-Up Display, Variable Damper Control, and with the addition of the Driving Assist pack you can add rear end collision warning, pedestrian recognition, high beam assistant, traffic sign recognition and active cruise control.
Amongst the other options there double-zone automatic air conditioning, a panoramic electric glass sunroof, heated driver's and front passenger's seats, rain sensors and automatic headlight activation plus a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. And of course there is a myriad of customisation to give your MINI are unique-ish look and feel.Published 12 May 2015