MINI John Cooper Works 3-door hatch gets refreshed


The Mini Cooper facelift lineup is now joined by the hot John Cooper Works variant with styling tweaks, new colors, and of course, new onboard technology. As with the regular 3-door hatch, the styling tweaks are rather subtle and barely distinguishable compared to its predecessor. Prices in the UK start at £28,815 OTR.

Speaking of which, the front fascia gets a red pinstripe on the hexagonal grille, black stripes on the bonnet with red outlining, model-specific rocker panels on the side, and a revised rear bumper with a diffuser-like insert. The wheel design is also pretty similar to what the hot hatch already had. As standard, the car rides on 17-inch JCW light-alloy wheels, while there’s an option of 18-inch ones and another one with a 2-tone finish. The front discs are gripped by Brembo 4-piston red-painted calipers.


While there’s a model-specific sporty suspension set-up, buyers can go for the optional new Adaptive Suspension with frequency-selective dampers. The new one is claimed to operate with more than 10% greater damping force than before.

As for exterior paint finishes, there is a choice of Chili Red, Rebel Green, available exclusively for the JCW, or the new Island Blue metallic and Rooftop Grey metallic finishes.

The JCW cabin benefits from all the updates made on the regular 3-door hatch, including the optional digital driver display with specific graphics for Sport mode, and a standard 8.8-inch central touchscreen. Other features include JCW sports seats upholstered in a combination of Dinamica-leather in Carbon Black; and high-gloss piano black elements.

As for the juicy bits, the 2.0-litre (1,998 cc) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces the same 170 kW (231 metric hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. An 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is optionally available, which is claimed to deliver a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in 6.1 seconds — 0.2 seconds quicker than the manual.

The hot hatch comes with a sports exhaust system with two 85 mm stainless-steel tailpipes.

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