Potentially owing to less than stellar sales, MINI UK has decided to improve the specification of the JCW MINIs it sells. Here’s the full rundown of what is now standard on the car:

John Cooper Works Updated Aerodynamic Kit

All MINI John Cooper Works cars will now be fitted with an updated John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit. This new kit is similar in design to the current version but has been enhanced to include brake air intake channels (for optimum ventilation of the brakes) as well as an extended splitter on the front apron.

John Cooper Works Leather/Alcantara Steering Wheel

The 3-Spoke Sport Leather/Alcantara steering wheel from the Aftersales accessory range will now be supplied as standard. Customers retain the option of specifying Multi-function steering wheel, at an additional cost of £175.

John Cooper Works Floor Mats

Also supplied as standard is a full set of front and rear John Cooper Works Floor Mats featuring red stitching around the border. The driver and front passenger mats also receive a John Cooper Works enamel badge.

These changes will be standard from Production Week 1 (week commencing 1 January 2009) onwards, and subsequently the New MINI Convertible John
Cooper Works Convertible from launch in Production Week 14 (week commencing 28 March 2009).

We wouldn’t be surprised to see MINI USA (and others) make similar moves in the months ahead.