While the Australian dollar continues to fall, MINI has announced even lower pricing for its fastest-ever MINI, the John Cooper Works, in its fastest-growing market, Australia. The new MINI Cooper John Cooper Works will be offered at a discount of up $3000 over the previous model, while packing in more standard features.

Starting at $47,400 (excluding on-roads) for the manual and $49,950 for the automatic, the Cooper JCW in either three-door or five-door form features revised alloys, LED headlights, sports seats and a raft of electronic upgrades.


Handling performance has also been tinkered, with Dynamic Damper Control allowing the driver to electronically change damping rates. Stopping should be sharp courtesy of exclusive Brembo/MINI-developed fixed caliper brakes.

The German (as distinct from English) pocket rocket will feature CBS (Condition Based Service), meaning servicing costs will be based on real-life use. MINI TLC Basic is also being offered at time of purchase, which for $980 includes scheduled servicing for five years or 70,000kms, which ever occurs first.


The drop in price and extra spec form part of what MINI Australia’s General Manager Kai Bruesewitz said will “provide further value, and another reason to experience the extreme driving fun this car offers.”

If financial motivation isn’t enough to whet your appetite, under the hood is MINI’s most powerful production engine to date. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder ‘TwinPower Turbo’ produces 170kW and 320Nm of power, making the Cooper JCW the fastest MINI yet, accelerating 0-100km/h in 6.3sec.


Cooper John Cooper Works full list of features

  • 18-inch JCW Cup two-tone light alloy wheels
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Reversing camera
  • John Cooper Works Sports Seats
  • MINI Excitement package
  • MINI Driving Modes
  • Park Assist with front and rear Park Distance Control
  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
  • Professional Navigation
  • DAB+ digital radio tuner
  • Head Up Display with enhanced JCW specific content (gear indicator, rev display and shift lights)
  • Extended Bluetooth with armrest and music streaming
  • MINI Visual Boost functionality via Wired Package



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