Published on March 27th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible for Those Who Find the MX-5 too Plebeian
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 bhp 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 modelled surfaces of the open-top 4-seater are supplemented with design elements developed especially for the John Cooper Works model to optimize cooling air intake and aerodynamic properties. The suspension technology set-up based on well-established racing expertise along with convertible- specific bracing elements guarantees excellent agility and precisely controlled handling in dynamic driving situations.
The power that now ensures a truly unique racing feel when driving with the top open is drawn from a 2.0-liter 4-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 ft.-lbs. and accelerates the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible with standard 6-speed manual transmission from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds 2 seconds less than the predecessor model.
In conjunction with the new generation of the optional 6-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission, the same sprint takes just 6.3 seconds (minus 0.5 seconds). Elasticity has also been improved by about 10 percent. 6.1 seconds is all it takes to accelerate from 50 to 75 mph.
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.