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Cooper S – 3-door and 5-door – re­freshed, as is the track-ready JCW model

The facelifted ver­sions of MINI’s 3-door and 5-door Cooper S are now on sale, fit­ted with the lat­est pow­er­trains from the BMW Group to de­liver both in­creased driv­ing ex­cite­ment and bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency. The full-fat John Cooper Works vari­ant is also part of the re­freshed line-up.

The Cooper S is avail­able in both 3 and 5-door forms, but the John Cooper Works (JWC) is limited to the 3-door. Both Cooper Ses are pow­ered by the 2.0-litre 4-cylin­der MINI TwinPower Turbo en­gine, which de­liv­ers up to 192bhp and 280Nm of torque, and a top speed of 235kph. The JCW makes 231bhp and 320Nm.

The cars also gain a new en­gine cover made of car­bon fi­bre re­in­forced plas­tic which is 13 per­cent lighter than be­fore. The en­gine it­self is eight kilo­grammes lighter.

Loss of weight alone helps to make them more ef­fi­cient MINIs. There’s more of that, how­ever. These mod­els now have a Coast­ing fea­ture that’s now not only avail­able in the GREEN mode, but also in MID. That hap­pens when the en­gine goes to idle when cruis­ing (and the foot is taken off the pedal).

New as well are the elec­tronic gearshift and the 7-speed dual clutch gear­box in the Cooper S MINIs.

The 3-door goes from 0 to 100kph in 6.7 sec­onds and the com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is 5.5L/100km. The 5-door does 0-100kph in ???? and of­fers a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 5.6L/100km. Mean­while, the JCW still sports an 8-speed au­to­matic.

Head­lamps and tail lamps are LEDs with a new DRLs de­sign, the lat­ter tak­ing the role of turn in­di­ca­tors when needed. In­ter­est­ingly, the rear has tail lights with a stylised Union Jack flag mo­tif. Very cool.

Both the Cooper S cars come with 17-inch al­loys: the 3-door has Cos­mos Spoke wheels in black, while the 5-door has the glossy black JWC Track Spoke wheels. The wheels have been de­vel­oped for max­i­mum weight sup­port and are wrapped in run-flat tyres.

Sim­i­lar­i­ties con­tinue in the 6.5-inch colour touch­screen that com­ple­ments the MINI Con­troller. When re­quired, the screen dis­plays images from the re­verse cam­era (with guide­lines), an­other new ad­di­tion to the facelifted MINI.

While both Cooper S vari­ants share the same

Cross Punch in Car­bon Black leather up­hol­stery, the trim for the 5-door is black che­quered.

Ex­ter­nally, other than the doors, what else is dif­fer­ent be­tween the Cooper S vari­ants? Well, the 5-door gets some­thing a bit ex­tra in the form of the JWC aero­dy­namic kit which in­cludes a rear spoiler.

Mean­while, for the first time in South­east Asia, MINI Yours cus­tomised ac­ces­sories are avail­able. The op­tions you can now have in­clude side scut­tles, cock­pit fa­cia, LED Door Sills Fin­ish­ers and LED Door Pro­jec­tor which can be made avail­able ac­cord­ing to the cus­tomer’s per­son­ally de­signed spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

The 3-door MINI Cooper S is priced at RM226,888, the 5-door Cooper S at RM236,888, and the MINI John Cooper Works at RM283,888.

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