MINI2 is at it again with more rumors of a lightweight factory based JCW laden MCS. Here’s an excerpt from their latest article published just today:
In terms of specifics, we believe you can expect an increased engine output that will at least match the output with the current JCW Cooper S tuning package. As stated in our earlier article, the car will feature unique carbon fibre panels to reduce weight, however it seems things will be even more drastic with unique interior AND exterior parts, including replacing glass with perspex in suitable panels, and lighter door casings, side panels and dash panels.
The car is planned to be as much as 15% lighter than a stock MINI Cooper S, and to go with this higher power and lower weight, expect a beefed up braking system too, with the John Cooper Works parts bin being raided for certain components. According to the rumours we’ve been hearing, this is sounding like being much more than a simple nick-n-tuck job, this a full liposuction treatment, then testosterone injection!
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MF Analysis: MotoringFile has also independently verified that the Oxford Plant will be offering JCW parts later this fall. This would seem to add even more fuel to the fire for this rumor. Now the question is, are these parts soley meant for this limited edition MCS?
Of course the real question for those in the US is, will this beast make it across the pond? Historically BMW’s answer has been no. Consider the BMW M3 CSL as a good example of a similar situation. The car was laden with carbon fiber components, sharper responses and more power. Yet BMW didn’t even try to bring the CSL over to the US due to cost and government certification.
My guess is that the car could be unveiled to the public at MINI United in late October and go on-sale a few months later.