Section: JCW

A Sneak Peek at the Clubman JCW Package

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, JCW Jun 29th, 2015 20 Comments


The JCW Clubman is coming. But not today. And not even this year. However what will be available from launch is the JCW exterior package which will include the JCW aerokit and 19″ JCW wheels. Today we get our first preview of that via MINI.de’s terrible online configurator. continued →

2015 JCW at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, In the Press, JCW Jun 28th, 2015 13 Comments

goodwood-mms-111_0Because most of you are enthusiasts, you probably know that the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed is ongoing this week. And it wouldn’t be a proper Festival of Speed without a MINI taking the hillclimb route. Luckily for us, Darren Moss of Autocar got to drive the new F56 John Cooper Works on this route. Here is what he has to say about his experience. continued →

Is This the New AWD JCW Clubman?

MotoringFile Sections: F54 Clubman, JCW, Rumor Jun 22nd, 2015 12 Comments


The Clubman is coming soon. Really soon. But that doesn’t mean Clubman developments will cease. A year ago we reported on MINI’s grand plans for the JCW brand starting with the F56 and F57 convertible (debuting late this year) and then adding the Clubman and Countryman. The latter however are the really interesting ones for longtime MINI fans however. With up to 300 hp and all wheel drive reportedly on tap, these will be the fastest MINIs yet. And this spy shot might just be our first look. continued →

Auto Express Compares the JCW to the Fiesta ST and the Vauxhall VXR

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, In the Press, JCW Jun 9th, 2015 13 Comments

JCW_F56_5487-highResEarlier today our colleagues at Auto Express published a comparison between the new MINI John Cooper Works, the Vauxhall Corsa VXR, and the Ford Fiesta ST. While we don’t get the Vauxhall in the States, this triumvirate of cars appears to be on the shopping list of many hot hatchback enthusiasts across the Pond. Auto Express ranked these three vehicles on a series of attributes and the MINI came in second place. Let’s dive into the detail of the verdict. continued →

What Do You Think of the F56 John Cooper Works?

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW, Opinion Jun 6th, 2015 52 Comments

F56_JCW_2093More than a month ago we had the chance to drive one of the first 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop in the US. Since then, friends of MotoringFile have had a chance to spend some quality time with the car. We also heard here and there that a number of people have taken delivery of the new JCW. And most recently, European automative journalists released their reviews following a MINI Europe Press Event dedicated to the most powerful MINI of the FXX generation. What we don’t know is what MotoringFile readers that have tested or bought the car think of it. So please chime in. We want to know it all, the good, the bad and the ugly! continued →

The MINI JCW In Detail

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW May 18th, 2015 28 Comments


The 2015 MINI JCW is arriving at dealers as we speak and on paper it’s exactly what we at MF have hoped for since the brand’s inception. From the early years as a bolt-on kit to the never fully realized R56 JCW, the brand has had plenty of promise but never quite a cohesive statement (outside of the limited edition GPs). However the F56 JCW marks the brand’s first car that might just fulfill the brand’s promise. The only question left in our mind is if it goes far enough? That’s a question we won’t have an answer to until we get behind the wheel for a full test this summer. In the meantime we urge you to do two things. First keep reading. Second head to your local MINI dealer and test drive one. Third tell us about your experience in the comments. Now, onto why this JCW may just be “it.”

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What Would You Change About the 2015 MINI JCW?

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Two-Door Hardtop, JCW May 14th, 2015 80 Comments


The F56 based MINI JCW is a huge step forward in performance and technology. However that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. And now you have your turn to tell MINI what you like and what you don’t.

We know that MINI reads MotoringFile daily across both sides of the Atlantic. And while they’ve done a bang-up job on paper for the new JCW, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. And that’s where you, the MINI experts and potential buyers of this new car come in. continued →

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