MINI has announced its new John Cooper Works Convertible, with a larger engine and improved spec over the previous model.
Mimicking the JCW hatch specification, the engine has grown 400cc to a new a transverse-mounted 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 170kW at 5200rpm, up 15kW over the previous model, and 320Nm of torque produced from 1250rpm to 4800rpm (up 60Nm over the previous model). Completing the mechanical improvements is a new twin-pipe exhaust.
The new configuration does add almost 135kg to the new model, however acceleration has improved. The six-speed manual will accelerate 0-100km/h in 6.6sec (0.3sec quicker) and a marginally quicker six-speed automatic can sprint 0-100km/h in 6.5sec (0.6sec quicker). Those with a penchant for frizzy hair will appreciate a top speed of 242km/h in the manual or 240km/h in the automatic.
Suspension has been re-tuned to improve handling. The MINI JCW Convertible sits on 17-inch wheels with 205/45/17 (run-flat) tyres or optional 18-inch rims can be chosen. Aesthetics have been restyled with modified bumper, larger air ducts LED headlamps, widened sills and red brake calipers.
The interior has been updated with a revised steering-wheel, better supporting front seats and new gear lever.
The usual raft of BMW MINI JCW high-end options will be available on all models, though final pricing and on-sale date are yet to be confirmed by BMW Australia.