Expect to see a rush of more factory JCW reviews as the car begins toÂ hit the streets of North America and Europe in the coming weeks. Here is a more favorable review of the factory JCW MINIÂ coming from our friends north of the border at Driving.Ca.
Some notable excerpts:
>”This feeling of performing beyond its dimensions, engine size and heft is endemic to this the sportiest of Minis. Immediately after picking it up, I found myself cruising at 160 km/h, so quiet was the cabin and stable the ride. Considering the penalty for such flagrant flouting of Ontario’s speed limits, I, again, hoped that the JCW’s speedometer was indeed optimistic.”
>”To be 100% truthful, I didn’t think I’d like the new JCW. You see, I’m truly enamoured of the first-generation version. It’s a wicked little piece, its supercharged, 1.6-litre fourbanger blatting out big horsepower for its small size and making the most delicious supercharger whine. It’s a raucous beast that makes driving fun and, well, I thought the new turbocharged version of the JCW would be just a little too civilized.
>Indeed, the motor is much smoother. Where the old one is rough, thenew direct-injection four — still displacing 1.6 litres — is relatively quiet and much more sophisticated. Where the original roars, its successor just purrs.”
First Drive: MINI JCW / Driving.Ca