With the MINI John Cooper Works
and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, the BMW-owned British brand
extends the range of its models in the clearly pronounced sports
Both versions are powered by a 1.6-litre
four-cylinder with a twin-scroll
turbocharger and direct fuel
injection delivering maximum output of 155 kW/211 hp.
For a MINI sized car, this means a significant amount
of power, with a specific output of 132 hp per
1000cc, allowing the MINI John Cooper Works to complete the 0–100
km/h in 6.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 238 km/h or 148
To suit this profile, the exclusive
alloy rims are particularly light and dynamic, as well as the
high-performance brakes, the new exhaust system and the modified six-speed
manual gearbox, all being largely based on their counterparts in the new
racing version for the MINI Challenge Clubsport Series.
MINI John Cooper
The engine (joint development between BMW and the
French group PSA, Peugeot - Citroën) is built at the BMW Group’s engine
plant in Hams Hall, Great Britain, which builds the engines for all
variants within the MINI range.
Based on the four-cylinder engine of the MINI Cooper S,
the engine was significantly upgraded for the MINI Challenge racing car
before coming back to the road in the two new John Cooper Works
Engine size remains the same at 1,598 cc, as do
many technical details, but with a number of special features enhancing
the engine’s power and performance, with tolerance to much higher
temperatures within the combustion chamber.
Specifically, the John Cooper Works power units
come with reinforced, specially polished pistons as well as a cylinder
head optimised for superior strength, and a modified gasket.
The intake valves and valve seat rings, are also made of a particularly
Power is increased over the regular engine in the MINI
Cooper S, mainly by optimising the supply and extraction of air and
by modifying the turbocharger. The air filters, air mass meter,
exhaust system and catalytic converter have likewise been modified to
ensure smoothness in the intake and emission process.
The special exhaust system ends with polished
stainless-steel twin tailpipes each measuring 85 millimetres or 3.35"
in diameter. Appropriate modification of the exhaust system significantly
reduced counter-pressure in the emission process, also complying in full
with the strict EU5 (Europe) and ULEV II (USA) emission standards.
Details from the
MINI John Cooper Works, Hatch and Clubman.
Flow capacity for feeding clean air to the turbocharger
has also been increased, the twin-scroll
turbocharger ensuring a particularly spontaneous build-up of power.
A turbine made of a special, top-grade material has
been developed for the power unit, with maximum charge pressure
increased from 0.9 to 1.3 bar.
Peak torque of 260 Newton-metres or 192 lb-ft
comes at an engine speed of 1,850 rpm, reaching 280 Newton-metres
or 206 lb-ft when accelerating by briefly increasing charge
pressure in the speed range between 1,950 and 5,500 rpm, with the overboost
function for even more dynamic acceleration.
The direct response comes out with the MINI John Cooper
Works completing the 0–100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, and 6.8
seconds for the equivalent Clubman model. Top speed is the same for
both models: 238 km/h or 148 mph.
Considering their performance, both versions of the
John Cooper Works remain fuel-efficient thanks to the common-rail
direct fuel injection with its precise dosage of fuel, and other
The MINI John Cooper Works consumes 6.9 litres/100
kilometres, ( 34.0 U.S. mpg, 40.8 imperial mpg), in the EU test cycle, the
Clubman equivalent taking slightly more with 7.0 litres/100 kilometres
(33.5 U.S. mpg, 40.2 imp. mpg). The CO2 ratings, are
respectively 165 and 167 grams per kilometre.
Both John Cooper Works versions come with a six-speed
manual gearbox modified in its features and components to match the high
torque of the top-of-the-range engine.
Precise handling is also helped by the Electric
Power Steering (EPS) of the
MINI, with steering assistance adapted to road speed. The driver can
manoeuvre and park the car with minimum effort, then, steering forces
increase gradually with higher speeds to enhance safety and driving
precision. The electromechanical steering is significantly lighter than a
conventional system and operates only when required in order to save
The electromechanical steering system also enables the
driver to program different set-ups. In the basic setting, EPS provides a
balanced power assistance as a function of road speed. Pressing the Sports
Button (standard on both MINI John Cooper Works versions) next to the
gearshift lever on the centre console, the driver activates a more dynamic
control map providing higher steering forces and more steering precision.
In the same time the Sports Button also switches over the gas pedal
control map to a faster engine response with higher sporting performance.
Suspension, brakes and wheels - With
the low centre of gravity, the MINI front axle features McPherson spring
struts, while the centrally guided rear axle enhances road contact at all
times, particularly in dynamic driving.
Both the MINI John Cooper Works and the
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman come as standard with a sports-tuned
suspension. Alternatively, a sports suspension option features even firmer
dampers and stronger anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle.
A special John Cooper Works suspension featured as
special equipment for extreme racing requirements lowers the entire car by
10 millimetres or almost 0.4", and features even firmer dampers and
anti-roll bars with a larger diameter than on the sports suspension.
The standard sports brake system features
fixed-calliper disc brakes with their aluminium callipers finished in red,
inner ventilation on the front discs and presenting the John Cooper Works
emblem on the callipers. They are extra-large to enhance brake power, and
are based in their design and response on the brake system featured in the
MINI Challenge racing cars.
The same applies to the exclusive 17-inch light-alloy
wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke Challenge Design. Each of them
weighs less than 10 kg or 22 lb.
The high-speed tyres (205/45 W 17) allow the driver to
continue even under a complete loss of tyre pressure to reach the nearest
workshop. Both the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works
Clubman come with a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Both John Cooper Works versions come standard with ABS
brakes, EBD Electronic Brake Force
Distribution, CBC Cornering Brake
Control, and DSC Dynamic Stability
Control with hill start-off assistance
and DTC Dynamic Traction Control.
DSC prevents the car from swerving out of control over
its front or rear wheels, DTC allows controlled slip on the drive wheels
(front), and the Electronic Differential Lock Control applies the
brakes appropriately on a drive wheel spinning in a tight bend, to enhance
traction without a negative influence on the steering behaviour. More on
these technologies in the MINI -
Inside, the three-spoke sports steering wheel is in
leather, the roof lining in Anthracite and the interior surfaces in glossy
Piano Black. The speedometer extends all the way to 260 km/h or 160 mph.
The range of equipment and accessories available for
the new John Cooper Works versions is naturally inspired first by
motorsport, with the appropriate safety standards to go with.
MINI offers a wide choice through the various features
available, from the range of paintwork colours, interior trim options,
seat upholstery, interior colours and trim variants, to the comfort
features and other special equipment offered by both MINI and John Cooper
Works for comfort, practical qualities or elegant panache.