goodwood-mms-111_0Because most of you are enthusiasts, you probably know that the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed is ongoing this week. And it wouldn’t be a proper Festival of Speed without a MINI taking the hillclimb route. Luckily for us, Darren Moss of [Autocar]( got to drive the new F56 John Cooper Works on this route. Here is what he has to say about his experience.

Before we actually dive into Moss’s comments, note that he uses the Golf R and the Civic Type R as a basis for assessing the MINI:

>236lb ft of torque, a 153mph top speed and a 6.1sec 0-62mph time aren’t going to worry the likes of the Honda Civic Type R or Volkswagen Golf R.

>In my opinion, it sounds by far the best of the three. JCW models come with a small keyfob that disengages the catalytic converter from the exhaust, making the engine’s noise louder and ensuring plenty of pop and fizz elsewhere.

>I also like the optional automatic transmission. Select manual mode while waiting at the start line and you can use the paddle shifts to pull away with plenty of gusto.

All in all it’s very positive and in line with what European car journalists have said about the car following the press event last month. We can’t wait to properly drive the JCW. In fact, we will be giving a full report by the end of July. Stay tuned!