Jan 17th, 2015
This week was definitely dedicated to John Cooper Works. On Monday MINI took the wraps of the F56 JCW, with the car due to hit dealer lots by the end of spring. However, that doesn’t stop MINI from continuing to develop JCW for other FXX models. Next on the list, the F57 Convertible. Based on spy shots from Autoblog, the F57 JCW is already undergoing winter testing in Scandinavia. While the car is covered in swirly graphics, obvious cues (i.e soft top, aero kit, exhaust, brakes) confirm that we are indeed looking at a JCW Convertible.
When we first saw spy pictures of the JCW 3-door Hardtop, the F56 had been on sale for three months. With this new sets of photos coming out before the F57 is even released, it appears that MINI is ramping-up JCW models at a faster pace now that the JCW F56 has been announced.
Expect the F57 to start production in November and its JCW variant in March 2016.
Don’t forget to visit Autoblog for a detailed look at the pictures. continued →
Jan 15th, 2015
The 2015 MINI JCW is here and 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 GP). Until now. The F56 JCW marks the brand’s first car that might just fulfill the promise that the brand has had for years. 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.
Nevertheless, after spending two days with the car and MINI executives behind it, there’s lots to dissect and discuss. Lets dive into the details. continued →
Jan 12th, 2015
Priced just hundreds of dollars more than its R56 predecessor (albeit with 23 more horsepower), the F56 JCW was officially introduced today at NAIAS. Does this give the new JCW a price versus performance equation that we’ve been looking for? The numbers look good but we’ll find out for sure later this year when we get behind the wheel.
Official release: The new 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop will make its World Premiere today at the North American International Auto Show, featuring the most powerful engine ever installed in a MINI production model. The latest high performance addition to the MINI line up will be priced at $30,600 plus $850 Destination & Handling in the U.S. and will go on sale in the spring. continued →
Jan 4th, 2015
2015 will be the first of the JCW. Not only is MINI releasing the factory F56 JCW but the brand is also unleashing a large collection of aftermarket accessories meant for most MINIs. Here’s an early look a the range after the break. continued →
Jan 4th, 2015
What’s the difference between the JCW Pro aerokit and the aerokit that comes with the JCW exterior pack as ordered from the factory? The answer is very little. What you see above is a photo of the factory option on the top and a photo of the JCW concept from last year’s NAIAS on the bottom As it turns out that concept was the JCW model (yes here’s where it gets confusing) lightly disguised with the JCW Pro Aerokit. Why is there a difference? continued →
Dec 28th, 2014
2015 will be a huge year for MINI. With the F56 launch out of the way the brand will turn it’s attention to debuting the F56 JCW, F54 Clubman and F57 Convertible. Of course this is on top of launching the F56 JCW race car and further rolling out the F55 five door. And that’s just part of the story. To help make some sense of it we pulled together the top five things we’re looking forward to in 2015. continued →
Dec 22nd, 2014
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, it looks like we won’t have to wait for an official announcement from MINI to see what Rebel Green looks like. Three pictures posted on Total MINI reveal the long awaited color, and as we originally thought, it is very close to the legendary Connaught Green exclusive to the JCW WC 50 announced in 2009. Although it appears to be equally similar to BRG II, we would almost call this color Metallic Connaught Green. continued →