MINI John Cooper Works (2015–)
- December 2014: MINI JCW makes debut
- May 2017: New interior design
- December 2017: New gearbox introduced
- December 2018: MINI JCW Hatch and Convertible revised for 2019
- November 2019: MINI GP John Cooper Works UK pricing announced
MINI JCW makes debut
O n sale in the UK in late April 2015, priced at £22,865. There are newly developed four-piston Brembo brakes within 17-inch John Cooper Works Spoke light-alloy wheels. John Cooper Works 18-inch alloys are optional.
JCW highlights include exclusive bucket seats with integrated headrests in Dinamica/fabric, the sills, a multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles (in conjunction with Steptronic transmission), gear selector, instrument displays, stainless steel pedals and footrest, Driving Excitement package and key.
The aerodynamic changes have been designed with a purpose rather than for purely aesthetic reasons. A new front apron with large engine air intakes, distinctive side sills, a model-specific rear apron and a John Cooper Works spoiler differentiate the JCW from the standard 3-Door MINI Hatch. The JCW also has LED headlamps with white indicators, wheel-arch surrounds and a unique radiator grille, side scuttles and tailgate with JCW badging. A new colour option, Rebel Green, is exclusive to the JCW.
Bespoke JCW personalisation options includes a model-specific MINI Head-Up display (with rev lights and gear indicator), Chili Red roof and door mirror covers, bonnet stripes and exterior and interior John Cooper Works Pro design accessories. These are in addition to the vast selection of high-end options available for the entire MINI range.
4-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo engine with direct injection, fully variable valve control and variable camshaft control, 1,998 cc, 231PS @ 5,200-6,000 rpm, 320 Nm torque @ 1,250-4,800 rpm; 0-60 in 5.8 seconds (auto); 6.0 seconds (manual); top speed 152mph; 49.5mpg combined (auto); 42.2mpg combineds (manual); 133g/km CO2 (auto); 155g/km CO2 (manual).
3,874mm long x 1,727mm wide x 1,414mm high. Wheelbase 2,495mm.
New interior design
At night time, the numbers and letters will appear in white rather than orange. This new colour scheme also applies to the Head-Up Display whilst driving in the dark. Individual height setting for the Head-Up Display is now be stored in the personal profile on the vehicle key, as are settings for the exterior mirrors and the electrically adjustable seats. The new fuel level display on the right-hand section of the cockpit instrument features an enhanced and more precise display, making it easier to read fuel level details.
Operation of MINI Driving Modes is modified in all current MINI models as of July 2017. Changing from the standard setting to SPORT mode or GREEN Mode and is now facilitated by means of a toggle switch positioned underneath the air conditioning controls. Head-Up Display controllers are managed from a separate menu item in the MINI operating system from July 2017 onwards.
New gearbox introduced
7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission replaced 6-speed automatic option for all normal sized MINIs: MINI 3-Door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch and the MINI Convertible. The DCT is operated by a newly designed electronic selector lever. This new selector lever always returns to its original position after changing between driving mode D, neutral position N and reverse mode. The parking lock is activated by pressing the P button.
S mode can be activated by shifting the selector lever to the left from position D, allowing the driver manual intervention. The electronic controller paired with the new double clutch transmission includes a shift strategy based on navigation data and supports both the engine start/stop function as well as coasting in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
MINI JCW Hatch and Convertible revised for 2019
MINI is relaunching the John Cooper Works hot hatch and convertible in January 2019, with higher spec and some important technical updates. Prices are to be confirmed, but expect the range to start at around £24,500 - about the same as the old model.
Both the MINI John Cooper Works hot hatch and convertible cars were taken off sale in 2018, as they didn't meet standards set by new WLTP fuel economy tests.
The biggest change for the relaunched models is one you won't notice - a petrol particulate filter integrated into the exhaust system in a bid to reduce emissions and make sure the JCW meets the latest Euro 6d emission standards. Don't worry, though - MINI says the standard sports exhaust still makes a characterful sound.
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing the same 231PS as before, the MINI JCW Hatch will reach 62mph in 6.3 seconds when combined with the six-speed manual gearbox. The Convertible takes 6.6 seconds, while an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox is also available - although performance figures for this are yet to be confirmed.
Officially, the Hatch will return 40.9mpg with the manual gearbox and between 45.6 and 46.3mpg with the automatic transmission. The Convertible, meanwhile, returns between 39.8 and 40.4mpg with the manual gearbox and 43.5 to 44.1mpg with the auto.
Cosmetic upgrades for 2019 include new 17-inch black Track Spoke alloy wheels as part of the standard spec, as well as Dinamica leather JCW bucket seats and Piano Black interior and exterior trim. Sports suspension is also standard, as is a John Cooper Works aerodynamic body kit.
Orders for the new JCW Hatch and Convertible will open on 18 January with deliveries from March 2019.
MINI GP John Cooper Works UK pricing announced
Built at MINI Plant Oxford in a limited edition number of 3000 vehicles, the new MINI GP John Cooper Works has a powerful four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering 306PS, individual chassis technology and aerodynamically optimised body features.
The new MINI GP John Cooper Works will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in California, open to the public from 22 November to 1 December 2019.