Nov 24th, 2014
In 2007 MotoringFile took delivery of our first R56 and with it a number of JCW accessories – most importantly the JCW Tuning Kit. With the F56 JCW Tuning being released this fall we thought we’d look back to remind ourselves what came before.
The kit for the R56 is extraordinarily straight forward. In the US it simply consists of a more aggressive air intake, a free flowing exhaust, a turbocharger air filter air guide and the all important ECU upgrade.
This is quite a contrast to the previous kit available for the R52 and R53 that included such items as a new head and inter-cooler and pretty big freakn’ check from the new owner. In fact the new kit is almost 1/3 of the $6000 price tag the R52/R53 dealer installed version rang up. But is it even worth the lower $2000 price tag? Especially now that there are so many aftermarket tuning options for the R56?
Nov 21st, 2014
I don’t know about you all but I crave for anything related to MINI’s history. I stopped counting the number of hours I spent searching Amazon and YouTube for any piece of memorabilia related to the brand we all love. continued →
Nov 17th, 2014
This past weekend MINI officially unveiled a range of MINI and JCW accessories including the highly anticipated JCW Tuning Kit. However it’s the latter that were most interested in.
Launching in Europe this month, the new kit is designed more holistically than before and is comprised of a full ECU remap, stainless steel exhaust and some surprises. For details and to hear the kit in full song, click through.
Nov 13th, 2014
thw following is an official news release from MINI about a number accessories launching in Europe this month. We’ll have more on them and the JCW Tuning kit in the US soon.
Official Release: The latest generation of MINI provides the experience of hallmark driving fun in a whole new dimension with even greater diversity. For racing fans who want to further enhance and highlight the agile handling typical of both the new MINI 3 door and the new MINI 5 door, there are now John Cooper Works Tuning product and accessory options from the John Cooper Works Pro design line that have been specially created for these two models. The new individually tailored retrofit components in the areas of drivetrain, aerodynamics and interior will see their world premiere at the 2014 Essen Motor Show. At the international tuning exhibition from November 29th to December 7th 2014 at the Grugapark trade fair centre, MINI also presents the design line Vivid Green, which adds a vibrant dash of colour to allow selective customisation of the new original in the small car premium segment.
Nov 10th, 2014
For several years MINI has been working on how to properly position the JCW sub-brand now that they have full access to BMW technology. The first glimpse into these efforts will be the internet debut of the 2015 MINI F56 JCW in December followed by the public debut in Detroit this January. The first JCW of MINI’s new era will pack the B48B20O0 2.0L four cylinder that will have an output of around 230 hp and torque over 255 ft lbs. With weight around 2,800 lbs this would give the 2015 JCW the best power to weight ratio of any MINI ever – by healthy margin. continued →
Nov 6th, 2014
The JCW aero-kit, a visual preview of the 2015 MINI JCW has hit showrooms in the past few weeks. The option is part of the JCW exterior pack and brings back the classic Chili Red color the MINI range.
Oct 18th, 2014
Sport Auto’s resident racer just took a modified JCW R56 around the ‘Ring is a smoking 7:44. That’s over 45 seconds faster than a stock JCW. With 290 hp you could understand why. But it’s also the roll cage and full KW coil over system, Drexler LSD and Dunlop Direzza 03Gs that allowed such an incredible time. Click through to see it all happen in under eight minutes. continued →