January 16, 2016, 9:30 PM
The Mini Cooper Convertible gets the “Works” this coming spring in the form of a high-performance John Cooper Works version for the first time.
Central to the version is improved performance, particularly in relation to the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 231 hp (that’s 39 above the standard Cooper S model) and 236 lb-ft of torque (peaking from 1250 through 4800 rpm), taking the car to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds and making it capable to reach a top speed of over 240 km/h.
For efficiency, the 6-speed Steptronic transmission now features a Stop/Start feature and allows “coasting” at higher cruising speeds to help save fuel. The standard issue is a 6-speed manual. Performance upgrades also include uprated suspension settings and more cooling to the brakes to keep them fresh and ready.
Cosmetics are also an important part of the package, and among the changes is a body kit that improves aerodynamics, hood stripes, unique Rebel Green body paint (with a choice of contrasting mirror housings), red Brembo brake callipers showing through unique bright 17-inch wheels (upgradable to black or 18-inch 2-tone models), bespoke JCW sports seats and other interior appointments, and a soft top emblazoned with the Union Jack (the top part slides up to 40 cm for a sunroof effect).
Interior appointments include JCW logos stitched into the front seat headrests of the Dinamica/fabric upholstery (which can also replace the fabric for leather). John Cooper Works steering wheel, shift knob and buttons are also part of the package, as are door sills, darkened dials and stainless steel pedals.
The level of standard equipment is also high, with items such as Mini’s visual boost radio, Mini Connected, and rear parking assist in the form of proximity sensors and a rearview camera. Optional equipment includes front parking assist, 2-zone climate control (variable to the level of wind turbulence) and a Driving Assistant with items such as adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, headlight high-beam assist and a rain warning (which taps into the local weather forecast to warn the driver/owner that it might be a good idea to close the roof). A Harman Kardon premium audio system is also available.
The JCW Convertible starts shipping in April 2016 with a UK price of £26,630 ($55,186 Canadian), which would put the price in Canada probably around $40,000.
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