Like MINI, JCW will be releasing a few juicy new bits for the last model year of the current generation MINI. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect for 2006.
As we’ve reported way too many times over the past several months, MINI will be offering the full JCW Engine Kit as a factory option for the MCS. The kit will retail for $6300 (£3,600 in the UK) and will come standard with the JCW Sport Brake Kit and Limited Slip Differential. In the US it will require the addition of the Sport Package due to the larger brakes. For the UK it will simply require 17″ wheels ordered with the car from the factory. The JCW Engine Kit will be available as a factory option from 10/05 on.
(Update: To clarify what we mentioned early – the 16″ X-lite wheels will clear the JCW brakes but due to the tight fit there may be coolng issues with them. Therefore they are not recommended with the brake kit. The only 16″ wheel designed to work with the JCW Brake kit are the new 16″ Bridge Spokes.)
JCW will finally be offering the full JCW Engine Kit for the MINI Cooper S Automatic in 2006 as well. We should see this new kit offered as a dealer accessory sometime this fall. Apparently the kit was held up due to emission related testing (among other things) until just recently. It’s unclear if this will be offered from the factory like the standard JCW Engine Kit or will only be offered as a dealer installed option.
Also new for 2006 will be two different sets of 18″ wheels. The wheels are the same design but will come in either anthracite or with the exterior polished (both pictured above). We hope to have more photos and prices in the next few weeks. You can see a couple of larger shots here: Anthracite / Polished. (Thank you Mr. Anonymous for the wheel photo.)
Finally, the accessory that people either love to hate or love to love, the JCW Rear Wing, (full pic here) has finally be released. It will be available in four different colors: black, aspen white, dark silver and something called high gloss. It retails in the UK for ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½380.25. US availability has yet to be determined. Here’s another shot (Via MINI2) of it being tested at the Nurburgring.