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MINI John Cooper Works Officially Released

Today marks the release of official information regarding the factory JCW Coupe and Clubman MINIs. While MF readers have had the details about these cars for quite some time, the information and photos below is the first official word from MINI about this new factory JCW car. Here are some of the highlights of the full release (which is also available below).

  • Production starts in June, on sale in August
  • US pricing starting at $28,550 for the Coupe and $30,800 for the Clubman
  • Euro pricing starting at 27,700 and 29,500 Euros / UK Pricing starting at £20,500 and £21,700
  • 211 bhp (207 hp) & 192 ft lbs or torque (207 ft lbs with overboost)
  • Upgraded/Optimized Turbo Pistons and four piston brakes (adapted from the MINI Challenge race car.
  • Upgraded Air Intake (same as dealer installed kit)
  • Revised 6 speed Manual Transmission
  • Upgraded Clutch
  • Upgraded Full Cat-back JCW Exhaust
  • Fully Optimized ECU
  • JCW “Challenge Spoke” light weight alloy wheels (21 lbs)
  • Electronic Differential Lock Control
  • Full range of John Cooper Works accessories available
  • New speedometer to allow for higher maximum speed (148 mph)
  • Full press release after the jump…

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MINI USA Official MINI Press Release

A big name, a long tradition, outstanding performance, figures and an incomparable driving experience: the MINI John Cooper Works arouses motor racing passion which goes beyond the race track. In August 2008 the new model – produced at the British MINI plant in Oxford – will be coming to Germany along with the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman. With their world premiere at the International Automobile Salon in Geneva (March 6th–16th 2008), these versions are the first two models to be launched by MINI under the brand MINI John Cooper Works.

The heart beating under the bonnet of each of the two new extreme sports cars is that of a racer. The 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection delivers 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) and develops its maximum torque of 260 Newton-metres (192 lb-ft US) between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm – by means of overboost the torque can actually be increased to 280 Nm. (207 lb-ft US). The power unit is based on the engine of the John Cooper Works CHALLENGE, which will see its premiere at the MINI CHALLENGE 2008. It accelerates the MINI John Cooper Works in 6.5 seconds from 0–100 km/h, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman manages the spurt in just 0.3 seconds more.

It is not only the engines of the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman that provide genuine racing feeling. Both models are also fitted with extensive motor racing technology as standard: exclusive light alloy rims with especially light and extremely high-performance brakes, a new exhaust system and the modified 6-speed manual transmission, also created with close reference to the new racing car for the 2008 MINI CHALLENGE. Rarely before has motor racing expertise found its way so directly onto the road. The MINI John Cooper Works will be available in Germany at a price of 27,700 Euros, the price of the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will be 29,500 Euros. (US Pricing yet to be announced)

Fascinating power due to motor racing expertise.

The MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman are driven by a true power package based on the current engine of the MINI Cooper S, extensively revised for the MINI John Cooper Works CHALLENGE racing vehicle and now back on the road with refreshed power. Even the basic design of the 1,598 cc 4-cylinder engine has details which are drawn from motor racing. The cylinder block and bearing housing are made of aluminum, the four valves per cylinder are controlled by two upper camshafts, friction-optimised cam followers and hydraulic valve clearance compensation elements. The outlet valves are filled with sodium so as to meet the increased cooling needs of a turbo engine. The camshafts of the 4-cylinder are composite. Instead of using the conventional die-cast procedure, the cam rings are made of high-strength steel and shrink-fitted to the actual shaft. The intake camshaft has a continuously variable phase adjustment function by means of which the valve control times can be adapted to the relevant performance requirements.

The engines for the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman are made at the BMW Group engine plant Hams Hall (Great Britain) where the engine units for all MINI model variations are manufactured. In the case of the top-of-the-range engine, there are a number of special modifications to the production process to do justice to the increased output and the resulting higher temperatures in the combustion chamber, thereby guaranteeing maximum reliability of the drive system. The engines are fitted with reinforced and specifically ground pistons as well as a cylinder head with optimised rigidity and modified gasketing. The intake valves and valve seat rings are also made of especially resilient material, and as compared to the engine of the MINI Cooper S there is a slight reduction of the compression.

More air, more power, more torque – the formula for increased driving pleasure.

The power increase as compared to the engine of the MINI Cooper S is mainly achieved by means of optimised air intake and outlet due to an adapted turbocharger. The air filter, air mass sensor, exhaust system and catalytic converter have been modified so as to achieve a power-enhancing dethrottling on the induction and exhaust side. This is also reflected in an engine sound which is peculiar to this model. Due to the adaptation of the exhaust system, a significant reduction of counterpressure is achieved. The MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman fulfil the requirements for adherence to the particularly stringent threshold levels defined by the exhaust norms EU5 in Europe and ULEV II in the US.

The through-flow capacity of the clean air duct to the turbocharger has also been increased. The design of the Twin Scroll turbocharger enables an especially spontaneous power build-up. In the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger, the channels of two cylinders are separated in each case. The supercharger blades are set in optimum motion even at low engine speeds. A turbine was developed in very high-quality material especially for the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, and the maximum boost pressure was increased from 0.9 to 1.3 bar overpressure.

The maximum torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft US) is available even at an engine speed of 1,850 rpm and up to a level of 5,600 rpm. During acceleration, torque is raised to 280 Nm (207 lb-ft US) by means of a brief increase in boost pressure between 2,000 and 5,300 rpm. This overboost function gives the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman an even more powerful response. The engine reaches its maximum output of 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) at 6,000 rpm. The spontaneous response is also reflected in the car’s acceleration figures. The MINI John Cooper Works takes 6.5 seconds to accelerate from 0–100 km/h, the time required by the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is 6.8 seconds. Both have a maximum speed of 238 km/h.

Petrol direct injection: fuel is precisely measured and efficiently used.

With a specific output of 132 bhp per litre of capacity, the MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman advance into the realm of the purebred sports car. What is more, both new models have the characteristic MINI quality of offering unique driving fun in combination with exemplary efficiency. The key function here is the fuel supply system. The turbo 4-cylinder is fitted with petrol direction injection according to the common rail principle. Injection valves positioned laterally in the cylinder head feed the fuel in precise doses under a pressure of 120 bar from the tank directly into the combustion chamber. This means that in every situation on the road, precise fuel supply is guaranteed which is adapted to the given load requirements. The average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is at an unusually low level for vehicles of this output category. The MINI John Cooper Works makes do with 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman requires 7.0 litres. The respective CO2 figures are 165 and 167 grams per kilometre.

Conceived for maximum driving fun: chassis, brakes, assistance systems.

The standard range of features of the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman not only includes a particularly high-performance engine but also a wide range of other components which ensure that this irrepressible power is put safely onto the road. As is characteristic of MINI, the engine powers the front wheels. The MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman are fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission whose components have been adapted to the very high level of torque of this new top-level engine. In addition to the sophisticated chassis technology with McPherson struts at the front axle and the central control arm rear axle, which is itself unique in the small car segment, the electromechanical EPAS (Electrical Power Assisted Steering) is a further guarantee of reliable and precise handling. The electrical servomotor also contributes to efficiency in that it is only activated when steering support is required or desired by the driver.

The steering system EPAS allows various settings to be programmed. The basic set-up guarantees balanced steering support depending on road speed. With the sports button, which is positioned as standard next to the gearshift lever in the centre console in the MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, it is possible to activate a perceptibly more dynamic characteristic curve with higher steering torque and increased steering precision. In keeping with this, pressing the sports button also changes the accelerator pedal to a much sportier characteristic setting.

The MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman are fitted with sporty suspension settings as standard. As an alternative, a sports chassis with harder damper characteristics and stronger stabilisers is available for the front and rear axle. For a more extreme racing orientation, there is also a John Cooper Works chassis available in the accessory range for the MINI John Cooper Works. It includes a lowering of the suspension by 10 millimetres, even harder damper characteristics and stabilisers with a diameter which is larger than those of the sports chassis.

The standard sports brake system guarantees short braking distances and is characterised by precise response and fine controllability. The fixed caliper disc brakes with aluminium callipers finished in red – inner vented on the front wheels and bearing the John Cooper Works emblem on the callipers – are large in their dimensions. The type and function of the brake system is based on those in the MINI CHALLENGE racing vehicle. The same applies to the exclusive 17-inch light alloy wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke CHALLENGE design. Weighing less than 10 kilos, they are the lightest standard wheels within the competitive environment of the MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman. The high-speed tyres in 205/45 W 17 format have runflat properties, and both models are equipped with a tyre damage display function.

As standard and unique in front-wheel-drive vehicles: DSC with DTC.

In addition to sporty suspension settings and powerful brakes, the MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman also have sophisticated driving stability systems. Their standard equipment includes ABS, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), CBC (Cornering Brake Control) and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) including hill-start assistance and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control). By applying the brakes to individual wheels and reducing engine power, DSC applies a stabilising effect when required, intervening early on to prevent the vehicle from swerving at the front or rear wheels in especially dynamic driving situations or on slippery surfaces. The brake assistance function, likewise an element of DSC, detects emergency braking situations and ensures instant build-up of maximum brake pressure should the need arise.

DTC is a sub-function of DSC which is available here for the first time in a vehicle with front wheel drive. It enables the response threshold levels of driving stability regulation to be increased so as to allow controllable slip on the drive wheels. In this way, the models MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman can be controlled on snow-covered surfaces or loose sand with slightly spinning front wheels, or taken more intensively to the physical limits in highly dynamic driving situations. When the threshold range is reached, the stabilising intervention of DSC is also guaranteed in DTC mode. If necessary, DSC can be entirely deactivated.

What is more, in DSC-Off mode an electronically controlled lock function for the differential of the drive axle is activated. This system is also a standard feature and known as Electronic Differential Lock Control: it supports an ambitious, sporty driving style when accelerating out of bends and hairpins, for example. The electronically controlled lock function has the effect of applying specific, appropriate brake force to a spinning drive wheel on tight bends. This enhances the forward propulsion of the vehicle without having a negative impact on self-steering response. The bend can thus be taken more smoothly but also more swiftly.

Interior: sports car ambience and a wide range of individualisation options.

In the interior, the standard fittings of the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman boast a strikingly impressive elegance which is both simple and sporty in style. A three-spoke steering wheel in leather is the point of connection between the driver and his sports machine, while the anthracite roof liner and the interior surfaces in a glossy Piano Black finish create a calm atmosphere which promotes concentration on the road. Another feature of the two top-of-the-range sports cars is a speedometer scale which goes up to 260 km/h.

In addition, MINI also offers a wide range of individualisation options for configuring the two new extreme sports cars. In terms of exterior paint finishes, interior design, seat upholstery types, interior colours and decor options as well as the comfort features, the full breadth of variety is available as for the other model variations. Additional comfort, versatility and sporty flair can be achieved with items from the extensive accessory range of MINI and of John Cooper Works.

Ten exterior paint finishes are available to choose from for the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman. Contrasting roof finishes and roof decor options provide a wide range of possible combinations. The basic fittings of the interior include seat covers in the fabric Chequered. Optional extras include leather upholsteries, sports seats with fabric/leather covers, sports leather seats and Recaro sports seats (not available in the US) from the John Cooper Works accessory program. The decor strips of the interior can be selected in Fluid Silver as an alternative to Piano Black. The accessory program also includes an interior strip in Carbon.

The high-quality entertainment and navigation systems of the MINI equipment range are also available for the two top-of-the-range sports cars. The controls of the audio system – with CD player as standard – and the 6 ½ inch TFT colour display of the optional navigation system are situated in the central circular instrument. The standard AUX socket enables music saved on an MP3 player to be played through the audio system, for example. A special interface for full integration of an Apple iPod is also available as an accessory. For optimum and safe communication on the road there is an optional mobile phone preparation or integrated hands-free facility with Bluetooth interface and USB connection. An interface for integrated operation of the audio and telephone functions is also specially available for the Apple iPhone.

Performance at premium level: John Cooper Works accessories.

The highlights of the John Cooper Works accessory program include the aerodynamics package and sports chassis with springs finished in red for the MINI John Cooper Works, as well as perforated brake discs and rear spoilers for both model versions. Other items include a suspension cross-brace for the engine compartment, mirror caps in carbon finish and so-called side scuttles – direction indicator surrounds with a sporty grid structure. To match this there are also decor strips, handbrake handles and sports gearshift levers in carbon decor which provide an even sportier ambience. The gear shift indicator in the John Cooper Works accessory program also contributes to an intensive driving experience.

With the John Cooper Works Performance components, the character of the two new models is given even greater emphasis and visually highlighted, too. Premium-quality sporty flair characterises them as it does the two new models themselves, both of which bear the John Cooper Works logo. The MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman have to be able to meet both the extreme challenges of the race track as well as the extensive requirements of everyday traffic in terms of functionality, design, reliability and durability. Together, the brands MINI and John Cooper Works stand for a promise of quality which is uniquely powerful within the competitive environment of MINI.

MINI and John Cooper Works: shared roots in motor racing.

The two top sports cars are sold through the MINI dealer network. Like all variations of the MINI and MINI Clubman, both models are manufactured at the MINI plant in Oxford according to customer wishes. In this way, the integration of the John Cooper Works label under the umbrella MINI is now also reflected in the range of vehicles available ex works.

The close connection between MINI and John Cooper Works, based on a motor racing tradition stretching back decades, has a defining influence on the development of new vehicles and components. The MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman represent the shared values of driving fun, premium quality and individuality in an especially concentrated form. In terms of reliability, quality of workmanship and authenticity of design, they fulfil the high standards of the BMW Group, as do the John Cooper Works Performance components with their perfect adaptation to MINI. The new models are thus also subject to the warranty conditions applicable to MINI.

We’ve also got a few new videos of MINI’s factory JCW, including an exclusive look at the interior. However don’t forget that not everything seen on the cars comes standard as part of the JCW model.

JCW MINI at the Track


JCW Interior Design


JCW Exterior Design (Coupe)


JCW Exterior Design (Clubman)


JCW Engine Shots


Written By: Gabe

  • AlexM

    Thanks for answering my questions Mac

    *curses the lack of an edit option : P

  • Mozza

    So basically I don’t need to spec LSD? Marvellous, another $500 staying in my pocket.

  • Mozza

    By the way Mac, care to elucidate on your comment a couple of weeks ago about the new black? Just wondering when we can expect it? Go on, you know you want to :-).

  • Volker

    I saw the pics and was in awe. I saw the price and was in love. I saw that the car shown does not seem to include the Aerokit etc. (right?) and the deal was off…

  • dc

    very well said volker. if the kit was in the price, i would be at a mini stealership right now ordering my next car.

  • Alan Smithee

    Conversely, some people (maybe just me?) would never consider the car with that godawful body kit.

    I just don’t get why people here like it so much. To my eye it looks like it was designed for a completely different car. Not one element of it flows with the car’s basic design. To each his own, I suppose…

  • http://JosephRegner.com Thameth

    “So basically I don’t need to spec LSD? Marvellous, another $500 staying in my pocket.”

    No,no,no! Definitely get the LSD, you much rather have the mechanical LSD over the electronics. You can turn off the electronics if you ever hit the track or an autocross.

  • Jon

    Don’t get me wrong Alan, the JCW aero kit isn’t the best design ever, but its the only decent looking aero kit for the R56 and a functional aero-kit is mandatory in my world view for a little better hold to the ground and helps visually separate the car.

    The funny part is that Mini seems aware of this as every last picture of the R56 Factory car released by Mini has the aero kit on it. Still believe that even putting the standard Mini aero kit on the car is the wrong path, it still screams out loud “look, nothing special here”.

  • Dr Obnxs

    If you want to have some fun… Look at the exchange rates and figure out that if you could, it would be cheaper to buy the car here and ship it back to Europe! Think if we had to pay the full exchange rate difference. Take the Euro price and multiply by about 1.4…. Then these cars would be far from cheap. It’s interesting to watch BMW grow the price of the minis while simultaneously lowering the cost of entry into BMWs with the one series. While it means that car buyers will align more with driving experience, than with price points, it’s got to be a marketing deparments nightmare!

    Matt

  • David T

    The press release is not real clear about what is included with the JCW or not and what is optional or not without reading and re-reading. It seems like it is saying that the JCW steering wheel is included and there are other bits like the new speedo so I am going to wait and see instead of jumping to conclusions right away. It looks to be a much better deal than my $34K ’06 JCW. Think about it, sports suspension plus JCW package was $7900 and then I got the $500 wheel upgrade and $250 Anthricite headliner etc. I still need to get the JCW stearing wheel since I agree with some of the posts above, the interior is cheap and the stock stearing wheel feels terrible. Of course, I was spoiled by the interior of the M3 I had before the Mini. I remember my Father getting a Momo steering wheel for his ’86 5 series because the stearing wheel was large diameter and plastic…Oh, and Recaro seats also. What a great driving experience with the stearing wheel and seats!

  • Mark

    If you want to have even more fun… Look at the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar, and see that the Cooper S in Canada STARTS at $29,900. You people are whining about having to pay 30 – 40K for a JCW with some decent options. I’ll be lucky if I can get this new car out the showroom for less than 60K. Hopefully I can get some free floor mats thrown in…I hear that’s what you all get with yours. For more pricing info, and a couple of laughs, visit http://www.mini.ca

  • Jon

    I for one am not whining about the price, rather I am bemoaning the lack of a real solution for the Mini people waiting for a performance Mini. I am sure they left the parts and pieces off to allow the dealerships to keep a measure of the high profit component installs such as the Aero kit and suspension. I like my dealership fine but have to say that all things considered I would much rather have a car built to specs on the line than with the rather wide range of talented mechanics at my dealership, many of which I can say I have questions trusting them with changing the oil in my car let alone anything complex.

    I also think its a huge error to not give this car something to allow it to stand out. Might as well pocket the change and buy a dealer kit in many ways.

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  • Aaron

    While this sounds pretty intriguing, the price is rather steep. I think that MINI and BMW have made somewhat major blunders in their development trajectory. In my opinion, they should have offered this car with some clear body changes and full JCW parts, and set it up as a completely separate model (just call it a JCW MINI. Drop the redundant Cooper…I know about the heritage, but it’s in there with the JCW bit).

    In the meantime, as VW gets ready to introduce TDI engines in all 50 states this May which do not require urea tanks (which has been MINIs argument for the MINI, I believe…no space for those tanks)…where is MINI/BMW?

    I’m just guessing, but with gas prices as they are, I am figuring MINI would probably have been able to sell far more MINI Coopers with TDI engines than MCS Factory JCWs they’ll sell. Only problem is that BMW would have had to team up with Daimler-Benz and VW/Audi for those engines. Apparently 40% of VW sales are in the 5 states with CA emission standards. VW can’t WAIT to be able to sell TDI cars to the high-income earning, environmentally obsessed peoples of CA, NY, MA, VT and Maine.

    MINI has hit the nail with an awkward glancing blow on one opportunity and missed it completely with the other.

  • David

    I for one was disappointed to see the gorgeous red Mini, just to find out that the aero kit and sport suspension does not come with the base price of the new car. It seems BMW can’t quite get their act together. My guess is with the weak dollar they did the best they could to bring the price in at a reasonable point. With the way it was brought to market, the price is at a point that to sell 1K copies probably will not be a problem.

    However I am not as critical of Mini for the pricing. I guess I look at this way; how much would one pay to have major work done on an engine? Just replacing pistons alone would run around 4 K with labor. Not to mention brakes, full cat back exhaust and wheels. Last I checked, typical brake kits ran around 1500 to 2K to start.

    Ultimately if executed correctly the car may just be more than the sum of its parts, consider the M3. That, IMHO is the key. I will reserve my final decision for when I drive the car.

    David

  • Jon

    I still have no issue with the price, think its not horrible though I still think piece mealing together a factory performance car with options is silly. I would gladly pay more for a factory car that is a all in one solution that is visually different from the rest of the brand.

    My idea of the perfect Mini

    A unique body kit, maybe just slightly modify the front splitter and the rear diffuser from the race kit and add it to the jcw aero kit, also add a wing. Included or at least optional.

    A unique optional color

    JCW suspension

    Recaro’s

    JCW shifter

    JCW stearing wheel

    220+ hp

    Its not the piece meal approach I have as much of a issue with as much as not being able to have anything except wheels and a badge that shows you are anything different.

    I would choose a GP in heartbeat over this car for the mixture of performance and uniqueness, even with its ugly US seats and red mirror caps.

  • maximusGeek

    How soon will the new JCW Breaks, Wheels, and Door Sills be available for the rest of us? Noticed there is no mention of a new gauge kit. I heard a rumor from a MINI parts person it would be available Spring 2008. Figured it would be standard in the JCW Stage II. I’m looking to pick that up as well :)

  • Greg

    The GP IS ugly……but man would I love to drive one!

  • mike

    Any idea when or if this will show up in the configurator?

  • Eysmahn

    “…as compared to the engine of the MINI Cooper S there is a slight reduction of the compression.”

    Just how slight is “slight”? Does this decreased compression mean that the JCW will be capable of running on a lower grade fuel without suffering from pre-combustion? Doubtful, but if so, lower fuel prices combined with similar economy and better performance…

    Any Idea’s as to when the JCW will be put on MINIUSA.com’s build computer?

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  • Jon

    Just listened to Woofcast 228. Good show all in all as usual. I still believe the cost of these vehicles isn’t bad, however not doing something to let them stand out is in serious error.

    Think this is the one major thing the GP has over the new Factory car. Think Mini has chosen a rare path, very few manufactures around the world would even try to produce a specialty car that is visually identical to the rest of the brand. I would have no issues buying a aero kit and suspension, but a major part for me when purchasing a performance car is they stand our as something interesting. Right now, if Gabe were to buy the wheels, brakes, he would have a car that is visually identical to the top end car of the brand.

    I genreally label these cars as desirable but definitely a half-measure at best.

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  • Impulsive

    For someone not tracking the car, I don’t want or need the brake kit. The rims are not especially attractive, I don’t want them. The ride height is laughable, address this. The front bumper is weak and feminine, JCW bumper should be standard. The view that this is “a blank canvas for owners to express themselves” is B.S. marketing.

  • Impulsive

    … and stop removing my posts … I haven’t used profanity and I am not incorrect in any of the FACTS I have presented.

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    A quick search of our Akismet spam filter shows that it caught your comment due to a very specific highly offensive word that it always flags. You may want just watch the language a little in the future.

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  • Sean

    Okay, I am torn here. I am new to the MINI scene and I REALLY WANT ONE! I have gone back and forth with my local MINI Dealer about what to do, what opts. to put on it and how much is too much, yadda yadda. I am getting the impression that this is a “watered down” JCW Cooper S. With all the options that are available as “dealer installed options”, it seems this factory modded version leaves a lot to be desired. Thoughts?

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  • smokem

    What’s up with the missing photos and video?

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    They’re only there is your browser allows Flash.

  • smokem

    No, I’m in the internet biz. My lappy is fine. They’re all there now though.

  • s.m8o

    I posted this in another JCW oriented blog, so forgive if this was read and responded to by anyone or the moderators… but I’d really just want the mechanical bits; i.e. this JCW kit sans rims, brakes and body kit. Anyone think that’ll become an available from MINI? I’d hold off buying one now for the beefed-up drivetrain.

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  • Chris

    Is there a part number for the R113 polished alloys yet..?

    Thanks

  • thwrks/ed

    JCW question ….Just to clarify, the NEW JCW comes with a standard body Kit. For $1250 US, you can order a “Aero Kit” from the factory. Not a” JCW Aero Kit”. If you want the JCW Aero Kit , and pay addional then this is a Port or Dealer add on correct?

    thanks

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    That is correct. The “factory aero kit” is the one that everybody loves to hate. The “JCW aero kit” is the one most people strongly prefer.

  • Jerry

    To everyone that has commented about the seemingly weak HP figures and 0-60 times, there is a reason a lot of auto manufacturers understate these figures- it’s called INSURANCE COMPANIES.

    During the muscle car heydays of the 1960’s and early 1970’s, this was a very common manoeuvre by American car manufacturers to keep insurance costs down and Ralph Nader off of their backs.

    Based on the performance figures of the MCS, I would say that the JCW figures are likely quite conservative or could be considerably pumped up with minor tweaking.

  • Matt Train

    I love this new car, but it has one very big problem:

    the 135i.

    Pricing the new JCW and the new 135i to where I wamt them options-wise, they are within $1500 of each other. While I agree they are both wonderful enthusiast cars, I just have to wonder if the 135 would be the better enthusiast buy.

    The other problem is no matter what you do to the MINI, the same mod money spent on the 135 would probably get you a more capable and faster car for the money.

    Granted it doesn’t have the cutesy whimsy factor of the MC, but I just jave to wonder what MINI USA was thinking here.

  • Peter Canston

    This sure is a beautiful car :D, and I want to share some pics with you guys! http://www.carchannel.be/nl/artikel/mini/telex-211-pk-en-30000-euro-voor-de-mini-cooper-s-jcw . This car is HOT!

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'12 JCW Coupe
'11 Fiat 500 Sport
'11 Tesla Roaster 2.5 '11 Countryman Comparo
'11 Cooper S Hatch
'11 Countryman MCS (FWD)
'11 Countryman MC (auto)
'10 Mayfair MCS (auto)
'11 Countryman MCS (ALL4)
'10 MINI E
'10 Tesla Roadster Sport
'09 Cooper S Convertible
'09 JCW Hatch
'09 JCW Clubman
JCW Stage I vs JCW Stage II
'08 Clubman S (Auto)
1st Drive: '08 MINI Clubman
'08 Smart Fourtwo
Comparison: '08 BMW 135i
'06 R53 MCS vs '07 R56 MCS
'07 R56 JCW (Stage 1)
'07 MINI Cooper S Long Term
'07 BMW Z4 M Coupe
'07 MINI Cooper & Cooper S
Audio: '07 MC/MCS at the Track
'06 JCW GP Long term
Reader Review: JCW GP
'06 JCW Cooper S Long Term
Comparison: '06 Lotus Elise
Comparison: '06 Mazda MX5
Comparison: '06 UK Focus ST
Comparison: '06 Civic Si
Comparison: '04 TVR T350
Comparison: '06 Nissan 350z
Comparison: '06 VW GTI w/DSG
Podcast: Cooper S Auto
Podcast: BMW 325i
Podcast: JCW MC Soundkit
'04 JCW MINI Cooper Tuning Kit
'05 MCS: One Month Review
'05 MCS Auto
'05 JCW S 1st Drive
'05 MINI Cooper
'05 MCS Conv. Long Term
'05 MINI Cooper S
'05 MCS Cabrio 1st Drive
'04 JCW MCS First Drive
'04 MC w/JCW Tuning Kit
BMW M3 SMG Vs. MCS
'04 MINI Cooper CVT
'02 MCS 3 year Review
Autocrossing the MINI Range


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