News : New MINI JCW Hatch to launch at Detroit Auto Show

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

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MINI UK has today announced that the new MINI John Cooper Works will be launched at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

The new MINI JCW Hatch features the most powerful engine ever for a production MINI – a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo unit delivering 231 hp and 320 Nm – the JCW also draws on the brand’s motorsport expertise with a package of suspension, brake, aerodynamic and interior modifications to deliver race-car sensations without losing sight of MINI’s premium position.

The new model delivers 10 per cent more power and 23 per cent more torque than the previous MINI JCW. This brings the 0-62 mph time down by 0.2 seconds to 6.3 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox, and by 0.6 seconds to 6.1 seconds with the optional six-speed Steptronic sports transmission. The increased torque results in acceleration from 50-75 mph being some 10 per cent quicker at 5.6 seconds while MINI UK claims that the increased performance does not involve any fuel consumption penalty. Combined consumption with the manual gearbox is 42.2 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 155 g/km. while, with the optional Steptronic sports transmission, fuel economy improves by 20 per cent to 49.5 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 133 g/km.

The suspension and the Servotronic electromechanical power steering have been tuned to allow drivers to exploit the new JCW’s extra power and torque in complete safety, and there are newly developed four-piston Brembo brakes within 17-inch John Cooper Works Spoke light-alloy wheels. John Cooper Works 18-inch alloys are optional. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control allow drivers of all abilities to get maximum enjoyment from the car, and Dynamic Damper Control is an option.

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The aerodynamic changes have been designed with a purpose rather than for purely aesthetic reasons. A new front apron with large engine air intakes, distinctive side sills, a model-specific rear apron and a John Cooper Works spoiler differentiate the JCW from the standard 3-Door MINI Hatch. The JCW also has LED headlamps with white indicators, wheel-arch surrounds and a unique radiator grille, side scuttles and tailgate with JCW badging. A new colour option, Rebel Green, is exclusive to the JCW.

JCW-specific highlights of the sporty interior include exclusive bucket seats with integrated headrests in Dinamica/fabric, the sills, a multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles (in conjunction with Steptronic transmission), gear selector, instrument displays, stainless steel pedals and footrest, Driving Excitement package and key.

Bespoke JCW personalisation options includes a model-specific MINI Head-Up display (with rev lights and gear indicator), Chili Red roof and door mirror covers, bonnet stripes and exterior and interior John Cooper Works Pro design accessories. These are in addition to the vast selection of high-end options available for the entire MINI range.

The latest incarnation of the MINI JCW Hatch will be priced from £22,865 and hit UK showrooms late next April.

 

Clive Goldthorp

Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

9 Comments

  1. I predict that a goodly number of these will die young by being wrapped around trees. possibly taking their owners with them. Pointless pursuit of performance that you can’t legally use on UK roads, and not many drivers could handle.

    “The suspension and the Servotronic electromechanical power steering have been tuned to allow drivers to exploit the new JCW’s extra power and torque in complete safety,…”

    Until you run out of grip on an icy road and find a hard piece of scenery to stop you.

    • This is exactly what they said about GTI’s in the 80’s and of course always have and always will about Super Bikes.

      Funny it always seemed and still seems to be said by people too old and or too poor to play with them.

      • I am neither. I own a nearly new C class and an MX5.

        Perhaps, Graham, you are one of the pretend Power Rangers who believes that it is his right to tear up the rural highways of Britain at illegal speeds?

        • Having been driving high performance cars and riding Italian super bikes for over 30 years and still being both alive and having a clean licence I must be doing something right.

          Driving a powerful car and bike well is both challenging and immensely entertaining. If in the process it pisses of some old codger out for dawdle, then it’s even more pleasurable.

          But at the end of the day I am not going to stop you driving whatever you want in whatever way you want, so don’t tell us who enjoy powerful cars and superbikes, and let’s be honest this Mini is not that powerful and that fast what we should drive or for that matter how.

          • Quote:

            Driving a powerful car and bike well is both challenging and immensely entertaining. If in the process it pisses of some old codger out for dawdle, then it’s even more pleasurable.

            Unquote

            So you are an inconsiderate driver as well as a presumptious person.

            I guess you have been lucky then to maintain a clean license.

    • I was thinking the same, the Mini is no lightweight but I also suspect they may have limited the boost in 1st & 2nd to stop overstressing the driveline.

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