The latest in the MINI range comes the John Cooper Works Convertible; an incredible combination of driving performance and open air pleasure.
The new JCW takes on the latest generation MINI TwinPower Turbo engine which is a 2.0-litre, 4 cylinder engine producing 170kW and 320Nm of torque. The engine utilizes BMW’s patented “Valvetronic” technology providing fully variable valve control and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust. Paired with MINI’s steptronic transmission, the new Cooper can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 240 km/h. Upper range acceleration is also improved, with 80 through to 120km/h taking just 6.1 seconds.
Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available for the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible. It allows the driver to select one of two set-ups for either sport or more comfort-oriented driving situations. The driving modes are operated by a rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever and influence not just the electronically controlled dampers but also the control curves of the accelerator pedal and steering. Altering the drive modes will also effect engine acoustics and also the shift characteristics of the Steptronic transmission.
The latest JCW Convertible is the outcome of a progressive evolution and reflects a distinct character. The vehicles lines and surface design are typical of MINI styling and guarantee a high-quality appearance regardless of roof position.
The hexagonal radiator grille at the center of the front section has a characteristic honeycomb pattern and a lower cross member features a red finish. The John Cooper Works logo also appears here. The headlamps are also surrounded by daytime driving light rings utilizing LED’s, the lower section of the DRL also doubles as the turn indicator.
The car snugly fits its 17-inch two tone alloy wheels thanks to its sports suspension, it also features a 4 piston brake kit developed in conjunction with Brembo giving the Cooper the much needed stopping power. A special aero package exclusive to the JCW adds a set of spoilers to the front and rear of the vehicle, the kit also includes a large front grille and bonnet scoop to give it a more sporty feel.
Interior wise, passengers will all enjoy the new JCW sports bucket seats which feature integrated headrests and upholstery in Dinamica/fabric and the colour Carbon Black. The monocoque structure of the rear seats also ensures optimized lateral hold during dynamic cornering. The steering wheel also receives a unique leather-wrapping while the pedals are made of a stainless steel plate with a black chequered pattern spread throughout.
The Cooper doesn’t skimp on storage either, in the back you have up to 215 liters of cargo capacity when the roof is down. Folding the rear seats down will provide event more cargo space making the vehicle even more practical. The tailgate is also rated to hold up to 80kg when open.
Australian pricing is yet to be released, however we don’t expect it will cost much more than the already released JCW hatch.