Another review of the ultimate MINI.

>The standard suspension setup of the Works is unchanged from the standard Cooper S, although Mini’s Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is standard, so the threshold for the Dynamic Stability Control’s (DSC) intervention leaves room for a little fun. The DTC can be switched off if you want to play it safe, and the DSC can be switched off if you don’t. There is also the usual Sport function that changes the throttle map to provide more boost lower in the rev range and reduces the steering assistance.

>Mini has made some bold claims about the Works’ new electronically controlled limited-slip differential’s ability to eradicate torque steer, but the reality is a little different. Even on a dry road, you’re never left in any doubt about which wheels are driving, and the stability control’s tendency to smother the power can also be an irritation. It’s much better to turn it off and relearn the art of throttle control.

>You can opt for a sport suspension on the Works or a dealer-installed John Cooper Works kit that lowers the car by 0.4 inch. But unless you’re a track day fanatic or enjoy an intimate relationship with your chiropractor; you’re best leaving well alone. The ride is plenty stiff enough in standard guise, although the Clubman version has a better ride and more stable handling, as you’d expect given its longer wheelbase.

+ First Drive: MINI JCW / Edmunds