Mini John Cooper Works: Pocket-Sized Performance
Motoring Channel Staff - 26/February/2008
Mini John Cooper Works
Power has been boosted to 155 kilowatts, and the
new Mini JCW models also get sports suspension
New wheels, larger brakes, new interiors, and
customised exteriors are some of the new features
The Mini John Cooper Works Clubman is longer
than the hatch, and is expected to priced higher
Note the different positioning of the exhaust pipes
Oxford, England — Mini has just taken the wraps off it's new go-fast models in Geneva, the John Cooper Works Mini and Mini Clubman.
Cooper Works (JCW) was bought by BMW in January of 2007 after its
tuning packages for the Mini cars proved to be a success. And now
the new range of 2008 Mini models will be getting a boost.
to Australia in August, the new JCW models benefit from a range of
upgrades to the exterior and interior design, the engine and the
The net effect of these upgrades result in a bolder, sportier look and improved performance to match.
the chassis upgrades harden the ride and improve handling, engine
upgrades have led to an increase in power from 128kW @ 5500rpm to 155kW
This has improved the benchmark zero to 100km/h dash by more than half a second, from 7.1 to 6.5 seconds and Mini Australia's national manager, Justin Hocevar, says the new John Cooper Works models "will bring the thrill of the race track to the road" for Mini fans.
of the coolest features of the new Mini JCW models has to be the
'sports button'. Located near the gearshifter, hitting this button
changes both the steering more dynamic characteristic curve with
steering torque and increased steering precision. In keeping with this,
pressing the sports button also changes the accelerator pedal to a much
sportier characteristic setting.
the Mini brand's long-term association with racing and the success of
the previous John Cooper Works models in Australia, the new cars are
sure to be snapped up by eager Mini fans. The
best news is that the Mini John Cooper Works brand now covers the
Hardtop and the new Clubman," said Mini's national manager.
the Mini JCW can trounce the zero to 100km/h dash in 6.5 seconds, the
longer Mini Clubman JCW needs more time - 6.8 seconds to be exact.
well as the increase in power, torque rises from 240Nm @ 1600rpm to
260Nm @ 1850rpm, though the overboost function can allow short bursts
of increased torque of 280Nm @ 2000rpm.
engine of both models is based on the engine of the John Cooper Works
Challenge racers, which will make their world racing debut at Eastern
Creek on the weekend of 7-9 March, 2008.
in BMW's Hams Hall engine plant in the UK, the new 1.6-litre
turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are quite different from the donor
engine from the Mini Cooper S models.
A couple of
the major tweaks that allow an increase in power is the adoption of a
high-flow exhaust system and the ramping up of turbo boost pressure
from 0.9 to 1.3 bar (13 to 19 psi).
as modifying the turbo, John Cooper Works set about reinforcing
the engine to deal with the increased heat and pressure: "The engines are fitted with reinforced and
specifically ground pistons as well as a cylinder head with optimised
rigidity and modified gasketing," explained the company.
Fuel consumption levels for the new JCW Mini Cooper and Mini Clubman are as follows:
Mini JCW: 6.9L/100km (CO2 = 165 g/km)
Mini Clubman JCW: 7.0L/100km (CO2 = 167 g/km)
Mini JCW road cars have more power and torque to make them
substantially faster but there's also feature a swag of
"competition-sired items" explains the company. This includes exclusive
light alloy wheels, high-performance brakes and a modified 6-speed
Sitting inside the new 17-inch wheels are upgraded disc brakes with fixed aluminium
calipers finished in red and
bearing the John Cooper Works emblem. The car maker claims the brakes are "based on
those in the Mini Challenge racing vehicle."
As per BMW doctrine, 205/45 runflat tyres are standard as is a tyre damage display function.
systems have also been modified for the enthusiasts, with a stiffer
ride but greatly improved handling and road holding. Both the Mini and
Mini Clubman JCW models get sporty suspension settings as standard but a more extreme setup with harder damping levels and stronger stabilisers is also available. It also lowers the vehicle by 10mm, improving its centre of gravity.
exteriors of both Mini John Cooper Works vehicles have been tarted up
with rear spoilers, contrasting roofs, new ground effects body work,
and plenty of John Cooper Works badges. There's also extensive custom
options, such as roof and body decals.
between the Mini JCW and Mini JCW Clubman are most obvious at the rear
- the Mini gets centrally mounted exhaust outlets, while the longer
Mini Clubman's exhausts are pushed wide and it also features black
highlights around the brake lights.
are also a number of interior upgrades - different dash finishes etc. -
but it's the options list that is really going to get the
attention of performance minded drivers. Things like Recaro racing
seats, leather upholstery, and ear-splitting audio/visual systems are
all par for the course.
explains that, like all variations of the Mini and Mini Clubman, the
new JCW vehicles are manufactured at the company's Oxford plant.
The new models will be coming to Australia in August.
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