Formula One car builder, John Cooper built the long line of racing champions from which our current Mini John Cooper Works model descends. Packed full of exciting features, every JCW model personifies the essence of motorsport. Direct and intense, the power translates every impulse into action with a little extra push from under the hood to see you across the finish line.
Powered by a twin power turbo engine, Mini John Cooper Works is offered with the standard colour options and an additional new Rebel Green colour. Along with fresh styling elements, the new model offers more features and updates.
Here are the featured highlights of the John Cooper Works from BMW’s Mini, detailing its design, performance and technology updates.
Outside, the new MINI John Cooper Works comes with a new hexagonal honeycomb patterned radiator grille. The exterior design is not so different from the previous MINI models and the changes are quite minimal. Subtle changes in style with a revised nose and a broader, full-black, mesh-finish grille and sportier more prominent vents for a racier look.
The red cross member at the bottom edge, the exclusive John Cooper Works bonnet stripes gives it a sporty appearance. The roof and mirror caps are finished in contrasting colours in white, black, or the uniquely JCW, Chilly Red colour. Also, the front apron is fitted with integral air ducts and side sills.
The fog lamp housings in the bumper are gone now and now there are slim, vertical air intakes along with LED side indicators. JCW retains its signature Union Jack tail-lights, while the new rear bumper houses the fog lamps.
The wheel arches have been re-engineered to take a set of freshly designed 17-inch alloys. The hatch also offers an optional 18-inch JCW Course Spoke in a two-tone combination.
The hatch itself comes in a new range of colours and the roof with a three-tone option. MINI Cooper JCW is offered in 5 colours: British Racing Green IV Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Chilli Red Metallic, White Silver Metallic and Pepper White.
JCW isn’t lacking in any way in terms of luxury. Cabin quality is unquestionably luxurious even though it’s small, and the physical switches and buttons add a certain charm to the interiors. The cabin still resembles that of the pre-facelift model along with new upholstery colours and more equipment. It has got a piano black high-gloss interior and amazingly damped air-con vents.
The vehicle gets a multifunction steering wheel with more functions, an exciting, new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an optional 5.0-inch digital instrument display, and more.
MINI Wired Package:
The optional MINI Wired Package comes with Navigation System, Wireless Charging, enhanced Bluetooth mobile preparation, and more. The multifunctional instrument display is standard with MINI Wired Package.
The standard technology includes auto start/stop function, brake energy recuperation, active cooling air flaps, and electromechanical power steering.
A Harman Kardon Hi-Fi audio system, sports seats and steering wheel, which are optional on the regular hatch and convertible, come as standard on the JCW.
Also, the facelifted JCW is fitted with standard equipment like LED headlamps, a rear view camera with parking sensors, ambient lighting, traction and stability control.
Apart from these are options including a panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, hands-free parking, and wireless phone charging.
The hatch comes with nicely sized door pockets. The glove box, cubbyholes in the central console and armrest including the boot are all small. There’s not much else in terms of storage though.
This small hatch weighing just about 1,275 kg, is powered by a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder Twin Power turbo engine producing 228bhp and 320Nm of torque between 1,450 – 4,800rpm. It makes it capable of sprinting from 0-100kmph in 6.1 seconds. This engine comes mated with an eight-speed double-clutch Steptronic transmission. It returns a certified mileage of 17 kmpl.
The engine is wonderfully responsive, speeds up with just a gentle tap of the throttle pedal. There’s zero turbo lag, good low-end torque, a quick-shifting gearbox and ultra-agile handling,
Even with the front wheel getting all that torque, there’s less under steer than expected. JCW’s quick reflexes and precision during the drive makes it hotter than the other hatches.
Price of JCW
JCW being top of the line model in Mini Cooper’s Portfolio, the ex-showroom price ranges around Rs 51.03 Lakh.