Big heart in Mini John Cooper Works
With fresh design accents and numerous new equipment features, the Mini John Cooper Works (fuel consumption combined: 7.1 - 6.8 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.1 - 6.9 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 161 - 155 g/km according to WLTP, 163 - 158 g/km according to NEDC) and the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 - 7.1 l/100 km according to WLTP, 7.4 - 7.1 l/100 km according to NEDC; CO2 emissions combined: 167 - 161 g/km according to WLTP, 169 - 163 g/km according to NEDC) to substantiate the claim to a leading position in this vehicle class even when stationary.
The British brand's new, reduced design language expresses the character of the two top athletes more clearly than ever before. In addition to the round LED headlights, the clear and purist design also emphasises the now larger hexagonal radiator grille, which, together with the large side openings, ensures the air supply for the drive and brake system. Another eye-catching feature is the bumper strip, which is now painted in body colour - for example in the new Zesty Yellow variant offered exclusively for the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible.
There are also modified side scuttles on the front side panels and the particularly striking diffuser in the rear apron of both models, which has also been redesigned. Right from the start, this is ensured above all by the spontaneous power delivery of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with Mini TwinPower Turbo technology, which is located under the front bonnets of both models and mobilises a maximum output of 170 kW/231 hp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. It accelerates the Mini John Cooper Works from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and even in just 6.1 seconds with the optional 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.
The Mini John Cooper Works Convertible is close on its heels. Its figures for the standard sprint are 6.6 and 6.5 seconds respectively. A sporty suspension set-up is just as much part of the standard equipment of both models as the sports brake system developed in cooperation with the specialist manufacturer Brembo and the 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels. One of the characteristic features of the John Cooper Works models is the combination of challenging performance and unrestricted suitability for everyday use. ■