Mini JCW Convertible – Launched

Looking to combine power, cheap running costs and open top driving? Well you’re in  limited market so.

Lucky for you though as Mini have just launched a Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Convertible. The new Mini JCW Convertible is powered by a twin turbo 2 litre petrol engine pumping out 231hp and 320nm or torque. If that wasn’t enough numbers for you, the JCW can get from 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of around 240km/h.

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Phew, now with all that out of the way we can talk about the Minis menacing looks.  The hard top version of the JCW is definitely handsome thing indeed, hell the the whole Mini range is quite handsome overall. The JCW Convertible is covered with air inlets to the engine. This helps with aerodynamics and keeping the engine cool allowing the driver to get the most out of the JCWs punchy little engine. The bonnet retains the air scoop and the bulge, a signature look on all sporty Coopers like the old JCW and Cooper S. To cater for the revised engine, the suspension, braking and cooling systems of the JCW Convertible has been suitably upgraded.The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible runs model-specific suspension settings, with a bespoke braking system and larger intakes to increase cooling capability. It is specced with Brembo brakes protected by either 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels. It has an attractive ride height thanks to the specially designed sports suspension set up by McPherson.

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Aesthetically, the JCW Convertible looks very similar to the regular convertible. It keeps the same cloth roof, that can be opened or closed in just 18 seconds and be done at speeds up to 30km/h.  From the rear, the only things to set it apart form the regular car are the added grills and vents and the mean looking twin centre exhausts.

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Inside, the car gets sport bucket-style seats with integrated head rests. Standard trim includes; a newly designed JCW multifunctional leather steering wheel, the JCW door sill cover strips, the JCW gear or selector lever, stainless steel pedals including driver footrest and cockpit displays with dark dials.

Infotainment/Electronic Equipment is strong in the Convertible range. Coming as standard are; MINI Visual Boost Radio with a 6.5-inch screen, MINI Connected, Bluetooth connectivity with USB audio, Rear Parking Distance Control and a Reversing Camera. Options can include; Other optional enhancements include MINI Navigation XL which features an 8.8-inch version of the central display, the MINI Touch Controller with a touch-sensitive surface and optional Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system.

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The 2.0 petrol emits Co2 figures of between 138 g/km and 152 g/km, depending whether you opt for the 6-speed manual or the 6-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox. This puts in the B1(€280/annum)  and C(€390/annum) tax brackets, respectively. Mini claims the JCW can achieve between 6.6l/100km(43mpg) and 5.9l/100km(48mpg). Of course, drivers with a keen foot will find this to drop but who cares when you’re having fun!

Although not launched in Ireland yet, the JCW Convertible sounds like an attractive package. Prices have not been announced yet but we will update this once they have been.

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