New Cooper Cabrio is right on the but­ton

Bray People - - Motoring Extra -

MINI will un­veil the world’s fastest small pre­mium cabri­o­let at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show on March 3.

Fea­tur­ing the same high per­for­mance en­gi­neer­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions as the Hatch model car­ry­ing the John Cooper Works badge, the Con­vert­ible’s 1.6-litre twin scroll-tur­bocharged en­gine pro­duces 211 hp and up to 280 Nm peak torque with Over­boost de­ployed.

The new­comer’s petrol power plant is a sig­nif­i­cantly re­vised ver­sion of the 1.6-litre tur­bocharged unit found in MINI Cooper S mod­els, and the same as that in the MINI CHAL­LENGE race car. The en­gine is lighter, stronger and is sup­plied with a larger air in­take and an ex­haust sys­tem specif­i­cally de­signed for John Cooper Works cars.

Per­for­mance of the Works car is un­der­lined by an exclusive speedome­ter, which runs to 160mph to ac­count for the car’s higher top speed than that of any other MINI.

The lengthy stan­dard kit list of ev­ery MINI John Cooper Works Con­vert­ible in­cludes a be­spoke John Cooper Works Al­can­tara steer­ing wheel, sport seats, John Cooper Works floor mats and glossy pi­ano black in­te­rior. Air con­di­tion- ing is fit­ted as stan­dard, as it is now on ev­ery new MINI.

A Sport but­ton is lo­cated in front of the gear stick. When pressed it ac­ti­vates a be­spoke en­gine con­trol map pro­duc­ing boost ear­lier in the rev range and sharp­en­ing steer­ing and throt­tle re­sponse.

The MINI Cooper is the world’s fastest small pre­mium cabri­o­let.

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