MINI John Cooper Works convertible unveiled ahead of New York debut[Not a valid template]
MINI has unveiled a soft-top version of its performance-focused John Cooper Works ahead of the model’s debut at the New York Motor Show.
The same 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is carried over from the JCW hatchback, pushing as it does 228bhp and 320Nm (236lb ft) of torque, and thus placing the new JCW convertible 20bhp on its predecessor and 39bhp up on the lower-spec MINI Cooper S convertible. Extra strengthening for the foldaway roof makes the new JCW convertible 105kg heavier than the hatchback, and thus three-tenths slower to 100kph from standstill. From standstill to the ton though – when using the six-speed automatic – still takes just 6.5secs, the JCW convertible pulling all the way to 240kph.
Styling issues – aside from the soft-top that can be folded away in 18 seconds and at up to 30kph – include bigger cooling vents by the front grille, more aggressive sills and LED headlights. Established JCW add-ons also include a large bonnet scoop, lightweight alloys and red detailing on the grille. Oh, and a crap-ton of JCW badges. If that’s not flamboyant enough, customers can also request the optional Union Jack-style soft top roof design.