New twin-turbo MINI JCW is the most powerful ever

Published 13 December 2014

MINI has unveiled the most powerful production model in the company’s history, the 231PS John Cooper Works (JCW) Hatchback.

The twin-turbo MINI JCW will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January before going on sale in the UK in late April 2015, priced at £22,865.

That price will be, of course, the starting point for this extremely rapid MINI, with the options list including a six-speed automatic transmission called Steptronic among various stickers and things. A unique head-up display that incorporates rev lights will be one of the more expensive items on the options list. 

The 231PS and 320Nm engine output, delivered from a twin-turbo 2.0-litre petrol unit, is ten per cent more powerful and, more significantly, has over a fifth more torque, so in-gear acceleration will be notably more alacritous. Indeed, MINI claims a 50-75mph time ten percent quicker than the outgoing JCW’s, at 5.6 seconds.

The 0-62mph sprint is 0.2 seconds faster, now 6.3 seconds with the standard six-speed manual transmission equipped, or 6.1 seconds with the Steptronic gearbox.

Those figures in mind, fuel economy is surprisingly decent: 42.2mpg and 155g/km, and as per acceleration, Steptronic buyers get an even better deal, with their cars puffing out 133g/km and returning 49.5mpg.

In keeping with the JCW’s range-topping status the car gets an array of dynamic, aerodynamic and visual modifications, not least race-derived sports suspension and electronic aids including Dynamic Traction Control, Electronic Differential Lock Control and Performance Control. Adaptive damping is optional, as are 18-inch JCW alloys - 17-inch wheels are standard.

A unique front incorporating large air intakes, deeper side sills and a new rear apron mark out the JCW on the road, as does the larger JCW-specific spoiler. LED headlamps are standard, and in the cabin, bucket seats with integrated headrests take the place of the Cooper S sport seats. 

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Comments

Bob    on 15 December 2014

How do you know the option prices? They haven't been published yet.

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