WHEN passion for motor racing is the driving force and intense open-air pleasure the goal, the new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible takes the ideal line from the word go. The second John Cooper Works model of the latest generation combines engine and suspension technology optimized for use on the race track with distinctive design and equipment features as well as the extensively refined qualities of the new Mini Convertible. This lends even greater fascination to the vehicle concept of an open-top four-seater with outstandingly sporty performance properties that is still unique in the small car segment.
The latest version of the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible offers the most exclusive way of enjoying extreme driving fun. With its spontaneous power delivery and highly emotional sound, the most powerful engine in the British brand’s portfolio with 228 brake horsepower (231 horsepower) is strikingly impressive. The fully electrically operated textile top is particularly low-noise, open or closing in just 18 seconds at the press of a button. The stretched silhouette and the powerfully modeled surfaces of the open-top four-seater are supplemented with design elements developed especially for the John Cooper Works model to optimize cooling air intake and aerodynamic properties.
Mini Twinpower Turbo
The power that now ensures a truly unique racing feel when driving with the top open is drawn from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developed on the basis of the latest engine generation with Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology, with a peak output exceeding that of the predecessor model by 20 hp. There is also an increase in the lead over the new Mini Cooper S Convertible. The additional output of the top athlete bearing the John Cooper Works logo is now 39 hp. The new engine also generates a maximum torque of 236 foot-pounds and accelerates the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible with standard six-speed manual transmission from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 6.4 seconds or two seconds less than the predecessor model. In conjunction with the new generation of the optional six-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission, the same sprint takes just 6.3 seconds (minus 0.5 second). Elasticity has also been improved by about 10 percent. It takes only 6.1 seconds to accelerate from 50 to 75 mph.
Impressive handling package
The thrilling performance figures and also the handling properties of the new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible – which are always supremely under the driver’s control even when moving in extremely sporty style – result from a precisely configured overall package comprising not just the powerful engine but also a sports exhaust system, the sports suspension including 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels, a sports brake system developed in collaboration with specialist manufacturer Brembo, the John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit and the distinct cockpit design featuring John Cooper Works sport seats. The car’s performance properties, appearance and fascinating driving experience also give the open-top variant of the top athlete authentic characteristics that both reflect longstanding motor racing experience and the tradition-steeped association between Mini and John Cooper Works. To this day, the name of the legendary sports car designer John Cooper – who once paved the way for the classic Mini to take to the race track – stands for the intensive driving fun and successful motor racing achievements of the small British car.
Enhanced driving fun
The exclusive character of the new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible is also reflected in its particularly extensive standard trim. In addition to the fully automatic soft top, standard features on board include full LED headlamps, Mini Driving Modes, Performance Control, and the Mini Connected system with 6.5-inch display, support for app integration, and voice activation. The options available exclusively for the John Cooper Works models include the body paint finish in the variant Rebel Green, Leather and Dinamica upholstery with red accents for the standard and exclusive John Cooper Works Sport Seats, 18-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels and John Cooper Works bonnet stripes. What is more, the optional Mini Head-Up Display in the new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible features additional display content to support extremely athletic driving fun. For enhanced driving fun, increased comfort and even more pronounced individual style, there is a special range of options and John Cooper Works Tuning accessories available in addition to the optional equipment offered for the new Mini Convertible.