MINI and MINI Convertible receive the John Cooper Works Pack

Article by Christian A., on February 3, 2011

MINI revealed the new John Cooper Works Pack, developed especially for the MINI and MINI Convertible, which means that you don’t have to own a Cooper S in order to have the JCW badge on the popular mini car.

As you can see from the photos, the new pack comes with a completely new front bumper, side sills, a new radiator grille as well as a new rear apron, which includes prominent cut-outs at its outer edges.

The design is completed by the 17-inch weight-optimised light-alloy wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke CHALLENGE design.

Furthermore, the John Cooper Works Pack comes with the traction mode DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) added to the standard-fitted stability system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), as well as EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control).

Inside, the car pack adds door entry strips and the John Cooper Works sports leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching. The models fitted with a manual gearbox are kitted out with a John Cooper Works gearshift lever with red shift pattern lettering.

As we said, the new John Cooper Works Pack is available for all engine variants of the MINI and MINI Convertible and according to the manufacturer it can be combined with eight body colours.

The philosophy of MINI’s design is illustrated faithfully in the new concept body. For example, the MINI’s signature sporty and taut surfaces, matching lines, and seamless curves are highlighted with a windscreen that is sloped and raked by an additional 13 degrees from the MINI Convertible. It also comes with a compact passenger compartment -- including two seats to a flat boot lid.

High-polish stainless steel roll-over bars are part of the lengths the styling team went to, creating striking, three-dimensional sculpted bars, padded in front with a wind protection insert mount.

The MINI’s Roadster waist lifts slightly along the body’s length to its end – an elegant silhouette which provides it with a striking appeal with an opened or closed roof. This attractive visual is accentuated more with chrome trim strips wrapping around the windows and roof edges.

A windscreen frame that’s more raked and sharply tapered give this model a distinguished, undeniable sports car look from a head-on view.

The strong over-the-wheel Roadster stand is a true MINI, defining its look. Its brand gets additional emphasis with its distinct features: hexagonal shapes along the radiator grille, black bordering the body’s lower part, many chrome strips, large round headlamps with built-in indicators, vertical rear lights stacked at the rear end’s outer extremes, and the appealing side indicators surrounding the front side panels.

Press Release

Works and MINI John Cooper Works Convertible.

The selection of John Cooper Works retrofit options will also welcome some attractive new additions in spring 2011. Customers keen to sample the sporting driving experience in the MINI Cooper S, MINI Cooper S Clubman or MINI Cooper S Convertible in an even more focused form will be able to order their cars with the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit. Performance-optimised engine management and a specifically designed air filter system enable the twin-scroll turbo engine to develop even greater power.

Indeed, the maximum output of the four-cylinder unit rises another 12 kW to 147 kW/200 hp at 5,700 rpm. Plus, the driver can call on maximum torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) between 1,250 and 5,000 rpm when some seriously forceful acceleration is required – and this can be raised to as much as 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm courtesy of the Overboost function. All of which means that the MINI Cooper S can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.8 seconds and record a top speed of 234 km/h (145 mph).

The John Cooper Works Tuning Kit includes a model-specific sports silencer with chrome tailpipes, which optimises the exhaust gas discharge and gives the engine sound a particularly sporting note. It is available for retrofitting on all relevant models with manual gearbox produced since March 2010. It meets the MINI brand's high standards of quality and safety in terms of both design and engineering and is retrofitted, like all John Cooper Works accessories components, by authorised MINI Service Partners. This means that the car's warranty will remain unaffected.

Another new addition to the John Cooper Works accessories range is the 18-inch Cross Spoke Red Stripe light-alloy wheel variant, which will also be available from spring 2011. The black wheel features the innovative addition of a red trim strip on the wheel rim. This high-quality marking is produced by means of a special painting process, and the colour tone is identical to the red of the painted John Cooper Works brake callipers.

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