The third-generation Mini John Cooper Works Convertible has made its debut at the New York motor show.
The JCW Convertible went on sale in the UK on 5 March, with a starting price of £26,630, the John Cooper Works Convertible runs the same four-cylinder petrol engine as the John Cooper Works hatchback launched in 2015 – the B48 as it is codenamed by Mini parent company, BMW.
With 228bhp and 236lb ft of torque, the turbocharged 2.0-litre unit kicks out 20bhp and 44lb ft more than the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine used by its predecessor and 39bhp, and 30lb ft more than the less tuned version of the same engine fitted to the latest Cooper S Convertible.
Reflecting its larger dimensions, the new go-fast Mini tips the scales 135kg above the old second-generation John Cooper Works at 1310kg – a considerable 105kg more than the existing John Cooper Works hatchback, endowing it with a power-to-weight ratio of 174bhp per tonne.
As with its fixed-roof sibling, buyers get to choose between a standard six-speed manual and optional eight-speed automatic gearbox. They are also supported by a raft of electronic driving aids, including dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control and an electronic differential lock.
Mini claims its new top-of-the-line convertible accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.6sec in six-speed manual guise, making it 0.3sec faster than old John Cooper Works Convertible and 0.2sec faster than the Cooper S Convertible.
With the optional eight-speed automatic, the new Mini model is 0.1sec faster, bettering its predecessor’s 0-62mph time by a creditable 0.6sec and the existing Cooper S convertible by the same amount, at 6.5sec.