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Introducing the MINI Hatch John Cooper Works
The MINI Hatch John Cooper Works (JCW) is a performance variant of the regular MINI 3-door Hatchback, and comes with a host of upgrades.
Those who are a fan of the regular 3-door Hatchback, but want something that is more driver focused and engaging, will no doubt appreciate the John Cooper Works that features on this page.
Every aspect of the JCW model is designed for maximum performance. Ranging from aerodynamic enhancements through to more power and different suspension, the JCW is guaranteed to impress when the going gets twisty.
Engines and Performance
The JCW Hatch carries the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the regular Cooper S models. However, the power is upped from 192bhp to 231bhp, making it much more effective when accelerating.
There is the option between an engaging 6-speed manual gearbox or a more high-tech 8-speed Steptronic automatic. The manual is a great choice if you want something more traditional, while the automatic offers rapid shifts and makes sense if you live in an urban area.
Courtesy of the power available, as well as the Hatch JCW's outstanding levels of grip, the 0 to 62mph dash takes just 6.3 seconds (6.1 seconds in the auto). While the peak power figures are impressive, the 236lb ft produced by the engine means progress is effortless.
Despite the performance available, the Hatch JCW can achieve between 38.7 and 40.9mpg on a combined cycle.
Chassis and Handling
MINI's plethora of cars have always been renowned for offering an outstanding driving experience, and the JCW builds on those foundations.
The first thing you may notice are the large brake calipers that sit behind the front wheels. Finished in red, and sporting the brand logo, these calipers offer stronger stopping power and have an improved resistance to fading over prolonged use.
Each car comes with sports suspension, which is stiffer than the regular model, and ultimately results in a more agile and responsive drive. With so much grip available, MINI have fitted the Hatch JCW with sports seats. The additional bolstering around the sides and legs ensure you feel secure when exploring the car's capabilities.
While the 17-inch John Cooper Works Track Spoke alloy wheels look exceptional against the Hatch JCW's aerodynamic bodykit, you may want to explore the optional two-tone 18-inch wheels that are available.
Technology and Drive Modes
While the Hatch JCW is clearly engineered to devour back roads, it can also be tailored to other driving conditions through the selectable driving modes, which include: Green, Mid and Sport.
By adjusting throttle response and recommending gear changes at lower RPMs (in manual cars), Green mode is ideal for saving fuel and improving efficiency. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Sport mode, which enhances throttle response and makes the Hatch JCW immensely good fun to drive. Mid represents the best of both worlds.
Occupying the central dashboard is the brand's clever infotainment system. Its intuitive menus make it easy to navigate between features such as the sat nav and driving settings.
Driver aids and safety features included on the Hatch JCW are as follows:
- Cruise control with brake function
- Intelligent emergency calling (E-call)
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
- Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS)
Hatch John Cooper Works Models
MINI Hatch John Cooper Works
- Sport brakes
- Sport Suspension
- MINI Driving Modes (Sport, Mid, Green)
- Cruise control with brake function
- 17" John Cooper Works Track Spoke alloy
- John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit
- John Cooper Works sport exhaust
- John Cooper Works spoiler
- Red brake calipers with John Cooper Works logo
- John Cooper Works sport seats upholstered with Dinamica / leather in Carbon Black
- Walknappa leather steering wheel with grey seam and John Cooper Works badge on Piano
Test drive the MINI Hatch John Cooper Works
With an array of improvements and upgrades over the standard Cooper S model, the MINI Hatch John Cooper Works represents a fine driver's machine. And thanks to the quality interior design, excellent driver aids and efficiency of the petrol engine, it makes a great daily companion, too.
Naturally, we would recommend taking a test drive in one for yourself, which can be done by contacting your nearest Stratstone MINI retailer.