This is the new Mini John Cooper Works, the most powerful production Mini yet.
Propulsion comes from a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, producing a meaty 228bhp and 236lb/ft of torque. That’s enough for a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, or 6.1 seconds with the optional auto ‘box and its launch control function.
To put that into perspective, the original, legendary 1275cc Mini Cooper S took well over 11 seconds to reach the same mark. But then, the new Mini JCW does have three times the power, overcoming the fact it weighs almost twice as much. With either the manual or auto ‘box, top speed is 153mph.
The styling has been suitably sportified. New bumpers feature big intakes at the front and a diffuser at the back; there’s a new grille with a honeycomb mesh and red blade through the centre; new side skirts; rear spoiler and LED headlights come as standard. A new exhaust emits a suitably racey burble.
Inside there’s new sports seats, multi-function steering wheel, much red detailing and a lot of John Cooper Works logos. Mini Driving Modes is standard fit, giving Mid, Sport or Green modes. It’s unlikely economy will be at the top of a JCw buyer’s list of priorities, but returns of 42.2mpg and 155g/km of Co2 with the manual or 49.6mpg and 133g/km with the auto are respectable.
The chassis has been retuned with a bespoke suspension setup, 17-inch wheels and 330mm Brembo front brakes gripped by four-piston calipers. Bits of the suspension are made from aluminium and high-strength steel to keep weight down. Assistance systems include torque steer compensation and electronic diff lock.
Prices start at £23,050 before you delve into the enormous options list, includes Mini’s latest infotainment/connectivity systems.
By Only Motors