2016 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible breaks cover, priced from $35,600

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 19, 2016

If you’re a fan of open-air driving, you’re in luck as the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible will make its debut this spring. In this latest model of John Cooper Works, some features found in the previous model have been retained: the 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine, as it is in MINI John Cooper Works Hatch, is retained completely with the extraordinary 231 hp and 320 Nm of torque.

The new model is a lot better than the outgoing version; it is the most recent super sportscar added to the MINI Convertible range. It has a top speed of 150 mph; and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds.

To utilize optimally this strong engine, the suspension, braking and cooling specification of the MINI Convertible have been appropriately improved. Built with model-specific suspension settings, the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible has a braking system that can be customized, and larger intakes to increase cooling capability.

Several design changes have been made to the body in order to enhance its aerodynamic performance. These alterations also give the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible its own artistic and appealing style. The interior of the John Cooper Works is really a sight to behold! The sports seats and sporty trim touches produce the desired atmosphere for the driver.

In addition to this, these seats come with a series of optional extras, which include MINI Media Pack XL featuring MINI Connected. With this engine, the John Cooper Works Convertible gets upgraded power and torque.

The newest model of John Cooper Works specification engine consists of: turbocharging integrated into the exhaust manifold, and petrol direct injection with injectors arranged centrally between the valves.

In addition, it has VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control, and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). This is integrated with modifications that give the engine of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible an extra 39hp over the standard Cooper S model.

The John Cooper Works variant will start at $35,600 plus Destination & Handling.

Exterior Design

The new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, with its very efficient engine, demands an exquisite style. It is purposefully designed to be an extremely high performing race car. The front section consists of large air inlets; they supply the high cooling requirements of the engine, its ancillary units and the brakes. In the outer areas of the front apron, there are extra air inlets that ensure the maintenance of optimum operating temperature in racetrack conditions.

Filling the space occupied by the fog lamps in the latest MINI Convertible, these extra air inlets ensure a constant supply of air to an additional external radiator. At the centre of the front section, the hexagonal radiator has a honeycomb pattern with a cross member at the bottom edge designed in red. Here, the John CooperWorks logo appears.

It’s also seen on the luggage compartment lid. As for the aerodynamic properties of the car, they’re optimized by the air ducting elements in the lower section of the front apron. The side sills and the rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element also contribute to the optimization of the aerodynamic properties.

What other external features are exclusive to the MINI John Cooper Works model?

It has side turn indicator surrounds known as side scuttles, which bear a red accentuation line. It also has a John Cooper Works logo applied against a black background. Also, the tailpipes of the sports exhaust system are integrated centrally in the rear apron, which can be identified by their particularly large cross-section.

Paint finishes for the body include ‘Rebel Green’, which is exclusive on the new models. As an option with no additional cost, exterior mirror caps are available in white, black or ‘Chili Red’. The John Cooper Works bonnet stripes are also on sale.

The new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible offers die-hard race-car enthusiasts an open-air experience; it offers a fully automatic soft top at the touch of a button. These are the features of the automatic soft top.

The automatic textile roof operation is purely electric and thus very quiet. It can be opened and closed in just 18 seconds, even while travelling at speeds of up to 19mph. The roof includes a heated rear window, a high-quality liner, and effective acoustic insulation (also in the previous model).

The sliding roof function is available at any speed, allowing the front section of the roof to be retracted to continuously variable levels by up to 40cm. World-first, MINI Yours Union Jack roof graphic design and a wind deflector are both available as options.

Interior Design

The inside of the MINI Convertible has a sporty atmosphere: there are new John Cooper Works sports seats with integrated headrests and upholstery in Dinamica/fabric and the colour Carbon Black.

The seats are also available in a Dinamica/Carbon Black leather version with red applications. Other standard fittings are the newly designed John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, the John Cooper Works door sill cover strips, the John Cooper Works gear or selector lever, stainless steel pedals including driver footrest, and cockpit displays with dark dials.

Interior trim in a Black Chequered pattern with red design accentuations appears not only on the seat surfaces but also on the steering wheel rim, the gear or selector lever and the central instrument surround.

The option of sports instruments consists of displays for the oil and charge-air pressure and chronometer with a stopwatch function. A MINI Head-Up Display (HUD) is also available as an option.

Powertrain

Primarily, the emphasis has been on developing a new turbocharger that is composed of a highly temperature-resilient material, capable of delivering more boost. To achieve this, the pistons have been suitably specified, enabling a higher compression ratio. Consequently, the maximum torque of the MINI Convertible engine has a peak value of 320 Nm at just 1250rpm through to 4,800 rpm.

While at 5,200rpm, the engine supplies its maximum power output of 231 hp, which is maintained at a steady level until 6,000rpm. Now, how does this powerful engine make MINI John Cooper Works Convertible a potent race car? The performance figures show the potency inherent in the supersport car.

Accelerating from a standstill to 62 mph takes 6.6 seconds while operating on the manual transmission (automatic transmission is at 6.5 seconds), and the top speed is 149 mph. The John Cooper Works sports exhaust system is particularly conspicuous during top-driving.

It has a reduced exhaust backpressure which has dual benefits: it provides a spontaneous power delivery and it produces the sound that the John Cooper Works models are known for. Furthermore, MINI John Cooper Works Convertible derives benefits from a range of efficiency measures that were introduced on other models.

One prime example is the MINI John Cooper Works Hatch. Specifically, the auto start/stop function can now be used in conjunction with the Steptronic transmission, and the standard MINI Driving Modes include the GREEN mode, which supports an efficient driving style.

When the Steptronic transmission is used, the coasting function can be used at speeds of between 30-100mph, immediately after the driver takes off their foot from the accelerator pedal. The resultant effect of these efficiency measures is remarkable fuel and emissions figures.

Therefore, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible has an average fuel consumption of 47.9mpg (43.5mpg) and can emit 152g/km (138g/km) of CO2. Its transmission is available as either a six-speed manual or Steptronic automatic gearbox. The incredible features of the standard 6-speed manual transmission are low effort and short distances.

A ‘rev matching’ function designed into the manual transmission ensures jerk-free clutch engagement, thereby enhancing comfort when shifting down a gear. Also, the optional 6-speed Steptronic sport transmission blends outstanding efficiency with smooth but fast gear changes.

The gear shift paddles at the steering wheel can be changed in manual mode. With the aid of the MINI Navigation System, the transmission can take account of the route profile, enhancing automatic manipulation of gearshifts.

Press Release

THE NEW MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS CONVERTIBLE

Potent, race-bred John Cooper Works performance is now available as an open-air experience, with the debut of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible this spring.

This new model uses the same 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine as found in MINI John Cooper Works Hatch, complete with its impressive 231hp and 320nm of torque. So equipped, this latest addition to the MINI Convertible range can reach 62mph from rest in 6.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 150mph.

To harness this powerful engine the suspension, braking and cooling specification of the MINI Convertible has been suitably upgraded. The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible runs model-specific suspension settings, with a bespoke braking system and larger intakes to increase cooling capability. The design alterations to the body not only aide aerodynamic performance, but also give the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible its own aesthetic appeal.

Inside, John Cooper Works sports seats and sporty trim touches create the perfect ambience for the enthusiast driver, and can be complemented by a wide range of optional extras, including MINI Media Pack XL featuring MINI Connected.

Engine: power and torque gains for John Cooper Works Convertible

The latest John Cooper Works specification engine comprises turbocharging integrated in the exhaust manifold, petrol direct injection with injectors arranged centrally between the valves, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control, and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). This is combined with modifications that give the engine of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible an additional 39hp over the standard Cooper S model. The main focus has been on developing a new turbocharger, made of a highly temperature-resilient material, which delivers more boost. The pistons have also been specified accordingly, enabling a higher compression ratio. The result is a maximum torque of 320nm at just 1,250 rpm through to 4,800 rpm, while at 5,200rpm the engine supplies its peak power output of 231hp - maintained at a constant level until 6,000 rpm.

The performance figures illustrate the potency on offer: the sprint from 0-62mph takes 6.6 seconds with the manual transmission (automatic: 6.5 seconds), and the top speed is 149mph (150mph). The John Cooper Works sports exhaust system is especially noticeable during top-down driving: with its reduced exhaust backpressure, it both contributes to a spontaneous power delivery and also generates the sound typical of the John Cooper Works models.

MINI John Cooper Works Convertible benefits from a number of efficiency measures which also have been introduced on other models, including MINI John Cooper Works Hatch. For example, the auto start/stop function can now be used in conjunction with the Steptronic transmission, and the standard MINI Driving Modes include the GREEN mode, which supports an efficient driving style. If the Steptronic transmission is fitted, it is possible to use the coasting function at speeds of between 30-100mph, as soon as the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. The result is impressive fuel and emissions figures: the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible achieves an average fuel consumption of 47.9mpg (43.5mpg) and a CO2 emissions level of 152g/km (138g/km).

Transmission: six-speed manual or Steptronic automatic gearbox

The standard 6-speed manual transmission is characterised by low effort and short shift distances. A ‘rev matching’ function built into the manual transmission ensures jerk-free clutch engagement, thereby enhancing comfort when shifting down a gear.

The optional 6-speed Steptronic sport transmission combines excellent efficiency with smooth yet fast gear changes. In manual mode it’s possible to change gear using shift paddles at the steering wheel. Furthermore, in conjunction with the MINI Navigation System the transmission is able to take account of the route profile in automatically controlling gearshifts.

Suspension: Brembo sports brake system, Convertible-specific bracing elements

The new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is fitted as standard with a sports suspension featuring McPherson struts at the front and a multilink rear axle, with a setup optimised for the high performance of the John Cooper Works model. In order to reduce weight and increase component rigidity, the front axle is fitted with aluminium swivel bearings as well as axle supports and wishbones made of high-strength steel. The suspension geometry makes for agile turn-in response as well as precise steering. At the rear axle, a larger proportion of highly rigid steels ensure increased stiffness combined with reduced weight. Tube-shaped anti-roll bars at the front and rear axle, an innovative axle bearing including a hydraulically damped engine mount and triple-path support bearings to decouple the dampers from the body additionally contribute to the fact that the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible retains precisely controllable handling while not sacrificing ride comfort.

Another standard feature is the high-performance brake system developed exclusively for John Cooper Works models. Designed in collaboration with Brembo, the 4-piston fixed caliper disc brakes are particularly resistant to fade. The brake calipers are finished in red and bear the John Cooper Works logo, cited behind the standard 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels in Track Spoke silver. John Cooper Works light alloy wheels are optionally available in Track Spoke black and also in an 18” Cup Spoke 2-tone design.

DSC including Performance Control, Servotronic and MINI Driving Modes as standard; Dynamic Damper Control as an option

The standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) comprises of Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control, which supports agile turning when taking bends at speed. A Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available, providing two set-ups for either sporty or more comfort-oriented driving situations. The relevant set-up is activated via the standard MINI Driving Modes. In addition to the standard MID mode there is a choice of SPORT and GREEN modes. The MINI Driving Modes are operated via a rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever and influence not just the program map of the optional electronically controlled dampers, but also the characteristic curves of the accelerator pedal and steering, the engine sound and also the shift characteristics of the Steptronic transmission (if specified).

Exterior design: the highest performing MINI demands a unique style

The performance potential of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is clear from its purposeful design. The front section comprises of large air inlets that feed the high cooling requirements of the engine, its ancillary units and the brakes. Additional air inlets in the outer areas of the front apron ensure the ideal operating temperature is maintained in racetrack conditions. Taking up the space occupied by the fog lamps in the new MINI Convertible, they guarantee the supply of air to an additional external radiator.

The hexagonal radiator grille at the centre of the front section has a honeycomb pattern and a cross member at the bottom edge finished in red. The John Cooper Works logo also appears here, as well as on the luggage compartment lid. Air ducting elements in the lower section of the front apron help optimise the car's aerodynamic properties, as do the side sills and the rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element. Other exclusive features of the exterior include the side turn indicator surrounds known as side scuttles, which bear a red accentuation line and a John Cooper Works logo applied against a black background, and also the tailpipes of the sports exhaust system integrated centrally in the rear apron which can be identified by their particularly large cross-section. Paint finishes for the body include ‘Rebel Green’, which is exclusively available for the new MINI John Cooper Works models. As an option at no extra cost, exterior mirror caps are available in white, black or - also exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works models – ‘Chili Red’. The John Cooper Works bonnet stripes are also available.

A fully automatic soft top at the touch of a button

Like its predecessor, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible also features a fully automatic textile roof, including a heated rear window, a high-quality liner and effective acoustic insulation. The roof operation is purely electric and therefore very quiet, and it can be opened and closed in just 18 seconds, even while travelling at speeds of up to 19mph. The sliding roof function is available at any speed, allowing the front section of the roof to be retracted to continuously variable levels by up to 40cm. An alternative, and world-first, MINI Yours Union Jack roof graphic design and a wind deflector are both available as an option.

Interior: a sporty ambience

Inside the cabin there are new John Cooper Works sports seats with integrated headrests and upholstery in Dinamica/fabric and the colour Carbon Black; they are also available in a Dinamica/Carbon Black leather version with red applications. Other standard fittings include the newly designed John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, the John Cooper Works door sill cover strips, the John Cooper Works gear or selector lever, stainless steel pedals including driver footrest, and cockpit displays with dark dials. Interior trim in a Black Chequered pattern with red design accentuations appears not only on the seat surfaces but also on the steering wheel rim, the gear or selector lever and the central instrument surround. The option of sports instruments consists of displays for the oil and charge-air pressure as well as a chronometer with stopwatch function while a MINI Head-Up display is also available as an option.

Safety: complete range of safety equipment and fully integrated rollover protection

An extremely stable passenger cell, highly resilient bracket structures and deformation zones in optimum design all contribute to the passive safety of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible. These are part of the integrated MINI safety concept, as are the standard front airbags, side head-thorax airbags integrated in the backrests, 3-point automatic belts on all seats including belt tensioners at the front, and ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear and for the front passenger seat. A tyre pressure display for each individual wheel is also included as standard. In addition, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is fitted with a fully integrated rollover protection system whose actuators are interconnected with the car's safety electronics. As soon as the risk of a rollover is detected, the two high-strength aluminium bars retract within 150 milliseconds by means of a pyrotechnical trigger function.

High-end options for comfort and style

There is an extensive array of optional equipment available to the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible buyer. For example, low-speed manoeuvring is aided by the Park Distance Control (PDC) and rear view camera which are fitted as standard to the rear of the vehicle. Additional parking sensors can be fitted in the front apron as option. A Parking Assistant can also be selected, and there’s a Driving Assistant system including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function: the high beam assistant and road sign detection are also available. As an alternative to the standard air conditioning, a 2-zone automatic air conditioning is available that includes a convertible mode. Both when using the sliding roof function and when driving with the top completely open, the impact of the airstream is taken into account when regulating the air conditioning.

Intelligent connectivity: MINI Connected App including rain warning function

MINI John Cooper Works convertible features a high level of equipment, which is also standard across the MINI Convertible range. These features include MINI Visual Boost Radio with a 6.5-inch screen, MINI Connected, Bluetooth connectivity with USB audio, Rear Parking Distance Control and a Reversing Camera.

Other optional enhancements include MINI Navigation XL which features an 8.8-inch version of the central display, the MINI Touch Controller with a touch-sensitive surface and optional Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system.

Another new feature incorporated into MINI Connected XL, developed especially for the MINI Convertible, is the ‘rain warner’ function. If the vehicle is parked with the roof open and the forecast is bad, the driver is sent a message via their smartphone suggesting that it might be time to close up. If the MINI Convertible is being driven and there is rain forecast ahead, the driver will be alerted on the centre console. Additionally, if the car is travelling over 30 mph, MINI Connected XL will suggest possible places to pull over and close the roof.

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