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MF Exclusive: The WC50 is US Bound (w/Pricing)

MINI WC50

Update: the US bound WC50 does not have the navigation included as it is everywhere else in the world. To us this makes the car slightly less of the good deal it was before and not quite as desirable.

Last year MINI introduced the ultimate JCW at MINI United at Silverstone with the WC50. Short for World Championship 50, the limited edition model includes a unique Connaught green exterior paint job with loads of one-off trim both inside and out. It’s truly the most remarkable looking new MINI we’ve ever seen at MF.

Initially we were told that a US allotment wasn’t in the cars due to production being capped at 250. However when MINI doubled production MINI USA started to ask US dealers if they’re be interested in the car. Apparently the feedback was positive enough that MINI USA has decided to import 50 cars to dealers that specifically requested the WC50. That means this will be the most limited edition MINI model ever – much more rare than even the GP. However that also means that if you’re not on a list or haven’t expressed interest in the car through a dealer, it may be hard to get one.

MINI WC50

Since the WC50 is essentially a hand built JCW taken off the line at Oxford and finished elsewhere, the entire allotment should arrive in stages throughout April.

Initially pricing was expected to be close to the unthinkable mark of $50,000. However MINI USA pricing these (can we say aggressively?) at $39,600. Combined with the $700 shipping fee each JCW WC50 comes with the total is $40,300. While we’re sure there will be debate over the merits of the car versus the price, it doesn’t seem to matter all that much. We believe these cars will sell-out without much drama over the course of the next few months. But if you want to look at pricing critically, you’ll quickly realize that, to order a MINI with all of these options (sans the one-off components and trim) the final cost would be at least a few thousand over the $40k mark. In our minds MINI has pricing the WC50 as fair as possible given option costs.

MINI WC50

Full Specifications

Standard Equipment

  • Anthracite Headlining
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Bluetooth Telephone Audio Connection
  • Chrome Line Interior
  • Color Line, Rooster Red
  • Comfort Access
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Full Bluetooth Preparation with USB Audio
  • Harman Kardon Hi-Fi System
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Multi-function Controls for Steering Wheel
  • Navigation System
  • Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
  • Voice Control
  • White Indicators

MINI WC50

Special Edition Content:

  • 17″ Cross-Spoke Challenge Alloy Wheels in Jet Black
  • Additional Driving Lights, Black
  • Bi-Xenon Lights with Black Interior Reflectors
  • Bonnet Stripes in Pepper White without Pin-Stripes, with John Cooper Signature on – – Driver’s Side
  • John Cooper Works 3-Spoke Sport Alcantara/Leather Steering Wheel
  • John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit
  • John Cooper Works Carbon Fibre Bonnet Scoop
  • John Cooper Works Carbon Fibre Front Door Grips
  • John Cooper Works Carbon Fibre Interior Trim with John Cooper Signature Plaque
  • John Cooper Works Carbon Fibre Mirror Caps
  • John Cooper Works Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser
  • John Cooper Works Carbon Fibre Tailgate Handle
  • John Cooper Works Floor Mats, Carbon Black with Red Stitching
  • Leather Gearshift Gaiter, Carbon Black with Red Stitching
  • Leather Handbrake Gaiter, Carbon Black with Red Stitching
  • Side Scuttle Finisher Chrome Frame with Edition Number (0-250)

MINI WC50

Written By: Gabe

  • greg

    Lose the nav. Put in a “sporty” looking speedo that has MPH/KPH. AddJCW suspension and tweek the engine for 5-10 extra ponies. That’s a limited edition performance car. BTW, a Lotus Elise Enthusiest can be had for near this price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003965445 Harry Dill

    It’s not entirely a matter of choice. Electing to pay the premium for a measure of ostensible aesthetic exclusivity bears serious consideration. After all, what price hath glory without significant performance gains and marginal cosmetic embellishment? If this is represents MINI’s best then we, as consumers, should consider turning to tuners to achieve appearance and performance distinction.

    MINI doesn’t give us, i.e., true enthusiasts, much choice. The growing number of new “lifestyle” models from station wagons to SUVs and sport cars certainly don’t meet the expectations of many of us. Presumably corporate decisions will prove to be profitable, but will the dilution of tradition prove to be its nemesis in the long run?

    The GP established a laudable benchmark and, in my opinion, the WC50 fails to raise the bar, or for that matter, even reach the mark set by its predecessor. MINI needs to create a genuine performance machine with true one-off/bespoke design details (not just a plethora stick-on carbon gimmickry) and significant mechanical tweeks that will elevate it into a very provocative and desirable niche in the hearts and minds of true enthusiasts versus the wanna-be cafe racers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046757782 Peter Braun

    Well said, Harry! I would not sell my GP to get a WC50.

  • Grh1950

    I just gave my deposit to my dealer. All debate aside, this is one cool Mini

  • JuanKilo

    Come on now…this is a Special Edition produced in tribute to the Cooper Car Company for winning the F1 constructors championship fifty years ago.

    The options on it are great, the paint is one of a kind, and the signature on the hood…priceless in my opinion. If price is an issue to you…this car is not for you in my opinion.

    It’s a collector’s car. Limited Edition. It’s so sexy…it looks like it should get a ticket for going too fast while sitting still.

    I too am puzzled why MINI distributes special editions in very uneven numbers. I think that’s a mistake on their part. I also agree there should be some mechanical difference that makes it stand out and be one of a kind.

    I would buy it!

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  • http://minicalgary.com minidd

    In Canada you can pay $40,000 for an “S” this looks like a good deal to me.

    F=MCS

  • http://www.driveclassicMINI.com Tim Horvath

    Hello All,

    I work for a MINI dealer just outside of Cleveland, Ohio named Classic MINI. For the most part it looks like everyone is excited to have the WC50 in the states, and our dealer is fortunate enough to be getting one! We are so excited to see this car in person. I am pleased to announce that our WC50 is currently NOT spoken for! We have people calling from all over the U.S. showing interest, so I know this truly is a special car. Although I do not know the selling price yet, I know that it will sell for over MSRP. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!

    Tim Horvath Motoring Advisor Classic MINI Willoughby Hills, OH 440-585-9910 thorvath@driveclassic.com

  • PlayPlay

    There is some confusion as to whether or not it comes with a navigation system. I spoke to one dealer and he read off the list of features and it did not mention the Nav….can another dealer or someone in the know give a definitive answer?

  • PlayPlay

    Apparently, the US version of the WC50 does NOT come with the nav.

  • http://www.driveclassicMINI.com Tim Horvath

    Our WC50(#413) has finally arrived! I can assure you it does NOT have NAV. It sure is an amazing car in person!

  • lex76

    What’s the wc 50 for Canada include?


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