Aug 24th, 2005
MINIUSA has just announced that they will be offering the official John Cooper Works Challenge Decals as dealer accessories. The decals are featured in the JCW Challenge racing series as seen in the above pic (the checkered stripe at the bottom of the car) and in this photo from the recent Let’s MINI event in Germany. Here’s the part number and retail pricing info:
51 14 0 393 101 / MSRP $81.25
The decals should be available at US MINI dealers as of this week. (They’ve been out for a while now in the UK and Europe)
You can download the official PDF release here.
Aug 19th, 2005
One of the little nuggets released yesterday with the new 2006 MINIUSA configurator was the full pricing on the US Spec JCW Cooper Sound Kit. The Sound Kit will retail for $1100 and will be available only as a dealer accessory. There’s no word on install time but expect at least 2-4 hours and $200-$400 added onto the final bill. Here’s the official product info on the JCW Cooper Sound Kit from MINI:
True, the John Cooper Works Sound Kit for the MINI Cooper does not replace the HiFi system in the car. But if the station search function is not able to keep up with the speed of the MINI Cooper round fast bends, the sound kit comes in very handy, this “radio straight from the engine compartment” ensuring perfect reception at all times: The special connection between the air filter and the interior is tuning for your ears, naturally live and with extra legroom in the front row.
Aug 17th, 2005
MINIUSA has launched the 2006 model year edition of it’s always popular online configurator today. The updated edition features all the new 2006 options and colors that have been on MotoringFile for a few months, but in that familiar Flash interface. Kudos to MINIUSA and the creative team behind MINIUSA.com for getting this out earlier than last year. Now, have at it:
[ 2006 Cooper ] [ 2006 Cooper S ]
[ 2006 Cooper Convertible ] [ 2006 Cooper S Convertible ]
Aug 9th, 2005
We’ve got part numbers and pricing on the new JCW Carbon Spoiler that everyone always seems to have an opinion on. It is scheduled to be released later this month in the UK and Europe (no word on the US market yet). As previously mentioned there will be four variations of the spoiler:
Black / 51 71 0 406 291
High Gloss metallic / 51 13 0 392 168
Aspen white / 51 71 0 406 292
Dark silver / 51 71 0 406 293
(also required is the adhesive glue kit / 83 19 0 406 974)
Aug 5th, 2005
Updated: Sorry guys… this has been removed at MINIUSA’s request. You can get more info about the full specifications at your dealer.
Aug 3rd, 2005
Like MINI, JCW will be releasing a few juicy new bits for the last model year of the current generation MINI. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect for 2006.
As we’ve reported way too many times over the past several months, MINI will be offering the full JCW Engine Kit as a factory option for the MCS. The kit will retail for $6300 (£3,600 in the UK) and will come standard with the JCW Sport Brake Kit and Limited Slip Differential. In the US it will require the addition of the Sport Package due to the larger brakes. For the UK it will simply require 17″ wheels ordered with the car from the factory. The JCW Engine Kit will be available as a factory option from 10/05 on.
(Update: To clarify what we mentioned early – the 16″ X-lite wheels will clear the JCW brakes but due to the tight fit there may be coolng issues with them. Therefore they are not recommended with the brake kit. The only 16″ wheel designed to work with the JCW Brake kit are the new 16″ Bridge Spokes.)
Jul 29th, 2005
For all those considering Solar Red and or Space Blue we’ve got some closer real life shots for you. As previously mentioned Solar Red will only be available on the Cooper. Space Blue on the other hand will be available on both the Cooper and Cooper S. Neither of these new metallic colors will be optional on the Convertible however. Confused yet? Good, because both colors will also be available with the new US Spec Checkmate Package (including blue and grey interior). Of course neither the Checkmate Package nor Solar Red will be available until 10/05 production. Okay, now I’m confused…