MINI JCW tuning arm never had any intention of making a full-on JCW model for the F55 five door. However given sales of the new larger MINI, our sources are telling us that there will indeed be some JCW love towards the F55.
However those hoping for the full JCW treatment may be disappointed. Those familiar with the project have told MotoringFile that MINI’s limited JCW resources will go towards modifying the current F56 JCW accessories for the F55. From there individual countries (MINI USA included) will be offered a chance to put together a special edition F55 complete with JCW accessories. These sources have told us to expect this special edition to likely include a combination of the JCW exterior and interior packages along with the JCW engine kit (among other bits). This would give the F55 210 horsepower, a free-flow exhaust (complete with a trick bluetooth controlled baffle to add loudness) and the look via the JCW exterior and interior packages. By putting this together in a single package it gives MINI a chance to offer the options at a slightly lower price while making the marketing of it all easier.
When should we expect it? We don’t have any hard dates yet but we’d expect something in the next 12 months from MINI USA and other local markets around the world. In the meantime if you want an F55 with the JCW goodies just hold tight. The engine kit and other accessories should be coming later this year.