Introducing the MINI Convertible John Cooper Works
The MINI Convertible John Cooper Works (JCW) is a 2-door 4-seat drop-top with serious performance potential. That potential comes from a host of upgrades not just to the engine, but to the steering, suspension and braking components, too.
Based on the regular MINI Convertible, the JCW version has lost none of the style and panache you would expect from a roofless MINI. If anything, the exterior enhancements only serve to increase the visual appeal.
While the MINI Convertible Cooper S is extremely fun to drive, those looking for the ultimate wind-in-the-hair thrills should take a good look at the benefits of the JCW variant before deciding between the two.
Engines and Performance
Fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 228bhp and 236lb ft of torque, the MINI Convertible manages to achieve the 0 to 62mph sprint in just 6.5 seconds - six tenths quicker than the Cooper S. Top speed is an impressive 150mph.
That tremendous turn of pace is accentuated by an exhaust note that is pleasing with the roof up, and downright exciting with it down. The growl of the mid-range is backed up by pops and crackles on the overrun, which are grin-inducing to say the least.
The 6-speed manual gearbox is available to specify for the keenest of drivers, while the Sport Automatic is equipped with paddle shifters for a "best of both worlds" experience.
Chassis and Handling
Superior handling has always been one of MINI's trademarks, and they have gone to town on the hardware of the Convertible JCW to ensure it is able to make the most of its powerful engine.
Lowered sports suspension is equipped as standard, as are red-painted sport brakes for extra stopping power. Adorned to these items are black 17-inch John Cooper Works Track Spoke alloys, while 18-inch wheels remain an option box well worth ticking.
All these changes add up to create a convertible car that is quite simply a joy to drive, with the ability to make every journey an event.
Technology and Drive Modes
Standard equipment on the MINI Convertible JCW includes cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen in the centre console, all of which take the convenience levels up a notch.
MINI driving modes are also part of the JCW package, and is comprised of Green, Mid and Sport. Mid is the default mode offering you the perfect everyday blend of performance and efficiency.
Sport mode is where things really get interesting, as throttle response and steering inputs are tuned for the sportiest possible driving experience. In automatic models, gear shifts are quicker in this mode, too.
Green mode is ideal for use in heavy traffic or on long motorway journeys, and adapts the climate control and acceleration settings to conserve fuel. The MINIMALISM analyser even gives you tips on how to drive more economically.
Convertible John Cooper Works Models
Convertible John Cooper Works
Key features in addition to non John Cooper Works models:
- 17" John Cooper Works Track Spoke alloy wheels in black
- Piano Black Exterior
- John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit
- John Cooper Works sport exhaust
- Red brake callipers with John Cooper Works logo
- Radiator grille with honeycomb structure in black and John Cooper Works logo
- Side scuttle in black with Chili Red border and John Cooper Works logo
- Tailpipe finisher in chrome
- John Cooper Works sport seats with Dinamica / leather upholstery in Carbon Black
- Walknappa steering wheel with John Cooper Works badge
- Piano Black interior trim
- Rubberised stainless steel pedals
- John Cooper Works door sill finishers
- Sport brakes
- Sport Suspension
- MINI Driving Modes (Sport, Mid, Green)
Test drive the MINI Convertible John Cooper Works
Sitting at the very top of the MINI Convertible range, the John Cooper Works variant provides all of the driving thrills you would expect from a 228bhp drop-top MINI, but does not compromise on everyday usability.
To experience the MINI Convertible JCW for yourself, book a test drive at your nearest Stratstone MINI Centre.