Lit­tle bang for your buck

The JCW has a hefty en­gine and a hefty price, writes JAMESSTANFORD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Carsguide -

EVEN if you pay thou­sands of dol­lars for a TV, there is al­ways one that is big­ger and bet­ter. It’s the same with cars, and the Mini is a good case in point.

Most peo­ple would be happy to to pay $33,300 for the base Mini. There is also the op­tion of up­grad­ing to turbo Cooper S for $45,400 or the loaded Chilli ver­sion for $45,700.

Now an even bet­ter and more ex­pen­sive John Cooper Works model has just be­come king of the range and de­mands a hefty price.

It costs $48,800 for the reg­u­lar hatch and $51,300 for the longer Club­man ver­sion.

The JCW out­fit used to sup­ply hot-up kits for Minis, but now the op­er­a­tion has been brought in-house.

The JCW cars are a com­plete pack­age and are fully de­vel­oped by Mini.

The Cooper S Minis gen­er­ate 128kW and 240Nm, but the JCW cars man­age 155kW and 260Nm.

As is the case with the Cooper S Minis, the JCW is able to release an ex­tra 20Nm in short bursts.

They use the same base en­gine, a turbo 1.6-litre four-cylin­der, but the JCWs have a range of up­grades.

This me­chan­i­cal mas­sage in­cludes in­creased boost pres­sure, a stronger cylin­der head and valves, a new air in­take and a free-flow­ing ex­haust.

This means a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.5 sec­onds for the JCW Mini and 6.8 sec­onds for the JCW Club­man.

Of­fi­cial fuel con­sump­tion comes in at 9.2 litres for 100km for the JCW Mini and 9.3 litres/100km for the Club­man.

Mini has also given the JCW a spe­cial sports sus­pen­sion set-up with firmer dampers and thicker anti-roll bars at the front and rear.

JCW Minis sit 10mm lower than Cooper S mod­els.

In terms of brakes, the JCW cars come with four pis­ton front calipers, painted bright red.

The wheels are the same size as Cooper S mod­els, 17 inches, but they have a unique de­sign and are lighter.

They are fit­ted with run-flat tyres and there is no spare.

The Mini also comes with elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, but this can be turned off.

It also has a suite of airbags, bixenon head­lights, op­tional bon­net stripes, leather/cloth seats, cli­mate con­trol, pre­mium sound sys­tem, pi­ano black in­te­rior and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

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