MF Exclusive: MotoringFile has learned that MINI USA will be offering the JCW “Stage 1” Kit (as it’s commonly referred to) for $2100 plus a suggested two hours of labor. The kit should be available this August in the US (and presumably worldwide) as a dealer installed accessory.

As reported last February on MF, the new dealer installed kit includes a less restrictive JCW exhaust, intake and ECU software upgrade. The new components develop 192bhp and 184lbf-ft/250nm (199lbf-ft/270nm with overboost). For more info, here’s a excerpt from the official press release from the Geneva Motorshow last February:

>With the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit for the MINI Cooper S, the output of the 1.6 litre twin scroll turbo engine is increased to an impressive 141 kW/192 bhp, with maximum torque up to 250 Newton metres in the engine speed range between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm. With the overboost function, the torque level can even be increased temporarily to 270 Nm for powerful acceleration in the engine speed range from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm.

With the stock R56 Cooper S already besting lap times of highly modified R53s, we have high hopes for the new kit going even further in turning the MINI into a giant killer on the track.

Look for a full review of the engine kit soon after its release.


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