A little over a year ago, in mid-November 2013, MINI introduced us to a new generation of its popular utility. A new generation that, without major changes in its design, as was to be expected on the other hand, left us with slightly higher new heights, a new platform and a whole array of new technologies … and even introduced us to a MINI of 5 Doors!
Now MINI brings out the sportier side of this new generation to introduce us to a new MINI The most tempting John Cooper Works. A whim that without reaching the levels of specialization of the Abarth 695 Biposto, offers us one of the most sporty visions of the utility segment, ready to compete, with the charm of MINI, with an Audi S1 that boasts the quattro traction in its favor.
The new MINI John Cooper Works is now more powerful, with 231 horsepower at our disposal behind the throttle, but of course not everything is power. Along with these 231 horses we find a whole repertoire of new aesthetic (and functional) solutions as well as a new set-up more committed to the new sporting profile.
What aesthetically distinguishes the new MINI John Cooper Works?
At a glance the MINI John Cooper Works reveals its status as a sporty alternative with new details such as additional air intakes to cool its mechanics and brakes (accompanied by the corresponding honeycomb grills), specific side skirts or aerodynamic add-ons.
In the back we also find a double central exhaust outlet, a new finish for the rear bumper and a spoiler that is also new.
More details exclusive to this version appear in elements such as the side indicators, adorned with a red line and the John Cooper Works logo. You can also use a roof and mirrors with a contrasting white or black finish, with the possibility of choosing in this version a specific “Chili Red” tone for the car. JCW. Also exclusively for this version, the “Rebel Green” paint tone is offered among the 7 available colors.
In figures, MINI John Cooper Works has a length of 3,874 mm, a width of 1,727 mm and a height of 1,414 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,495 mm. The curb weight of this version is 1,205 kg in the case of the manual version and 1,220 kg in the automatic version.
Inside the new MINI John Cooper Works we find a specific instrumentation, a new provision of sports seats, a specific steering wheel, “John Cooper Works” moldings on the door sills, a gear lever also with the “JCW” stamp, stainless steel pedals and a roof finished in anthracite.
Along with these elements we find some interior trim in a gloss black finish, a Head-Up Display system with specific indications for this version, clocks with turbo pressure, oil pressure and a stopwatch.
What’s under the body of this sportier version?
Under the hood of the MINI John Cooper Works we find a 2.0 TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder gasoline engine capable of developing 231 horsepower at 5,200 rpm delivered to the front axle with a torque of 320 Nm from 1,250 rpm to 4,800 rpm. It is therefore 10% more powerful and has 23% more torque.
Either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox is used for its transmission.
Prestationally it registers a 0 to 100 km / h of 6.1 seconds in the manual version and 6.3 seconds in the automatic variant. Its maximum speed in both cases is 246 km / h.
Regarding its consumption, we find an average consumption of 6.7 l / 100 km in the case of the manual version and 5.7 l / 100 km in the automatic variant, with emissions of CO2 155 g / km in the first case and 133 g / km in the second.
Beyond the figures and getting into the technique of its block we find the already known Valvetronic system of BMW, as well as a turbo system that, integrated in the manifold, is a new invoice for this version MINI John Cooper Works. The exhaust system is also specific to this model.
Small overhangs, a low center of gravity … if there is something that characterizes MINIIn addition to its clear design, it is that “kart” feeling that is so present in the brand. Of course, this alternative makes even more sense and the common properties with respect to the rest of the brand’s models are joined by a more sporty set-up.
After the 17-inch wheels of the MINI John Cooper Works, 19-inch wheels also available, appears a set of sports brakes signed by Brembo. It has an electronic control of the differential and optionally you can opt for the “dynamic control of the suspension” DDC, which allows us to choose between a sportier suspension setting or a more comfortable one.
The front suspension is made up of a single articulated axle and McPherson struts, with an aluminum swingarm, while the rear axle uses a multi-link suspension. Its steering is electromechanical and its mechanical handbrake (conventional).
Driving mode selector not missing MINI Driving Modes, which allows you to select a “Sport”, “Normal” or “Green” configuration, acting with this driving mode selector on the response to the accelerator pedal, the automatic gearbox setting, the interior lighting and the instrumentation indications.
Who will you have to see faces with?
He MINI John Cooper Works offers us a sports utility perspective that goes a step beyond what is offered by the usual “small GTI”Such as the Renault Clio RS, the Ford Fiesta ST or the Volkswagen Polo GTI. A step that not only implies greater power, rising in the bulk of models some 30 or 40 horses above, we also speak of a “premium” approach and a greater personality, something that leads us to think on the one hand, that of the power, in the Audi S1 and on the other, that of the “special car”, in the Abarth 500 range, with less power yes, but equal or greater charm.