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THE lat­est ver­sion of the Mini’s John Cooper Works Con­vert­ible of­fers an “ex­clu­sive” way en­joy­ing ex­treme driv­ing fun.

With its spon­ta­neous power de­liv­ery and rorty sound from most pow­er­ful en­gine in the Bri­tish brand’s port­fo­lio (170kW), the new JCW is a strik­ing propo­si­tion.

The elec­tri­cally op­er­ated tex­tile top de­signed for lownoise and will open or close in 18 sec­onds at press of but­ton.

sil­hou­ette the open-top four-seater is sup­ple­mented with de­sign el­e­ments de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for John Cooper Works model to op­ti­mise cool­ing air in­take and aero­dy­namic prop­er­ties.

The sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy set-up, based on rac­ing ex­per­tise, along with con­vert­ible-spe­cific brac­ing el­e­ments, guar­an­tees agility and pre­cisely con­trolled han­dling in dy­namic driv­ing sit­u­a­tions.

No­tice­able progress is also re­flected the new JCW Con­vert­ible as com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor in terms of ac­cel­er­a­tion fig­ures, space and the pre­mium char­ac­ter­is­tics the in­te­rior, where the rollover bars that ex­tend au­to­mat­i­cally if needed are now fully in­te­grated be­hind rear seats.

The power that gives a rac­ing feel when driv­ing with the top open is drawn from a 2.0-litre four­cylin­der en­gine de­vel­oped on ba­sis of lat­est

gen­er­a­tion with Mini TwinPower Turbo Tech­nol­ogy.

The new en­gine gen­er­ates max­i­mum torque of 320Nm and ac­cel­er­ates the John Cooper Works Con­vert­ible with stan­dard six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion in 6.6 sec­onds for

0-100km/h sprint. The op­tional Steptronic auto is a tenth of a se­cond quicker.

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