Check out the new Mini Cooper S and Cooper S Clubman John Cooper Works
24 February 2008

If you’re one of those many lovers of BMW’s new Mini, prepare to have to calm yourself down: these are the first official photographs of the hottest version of the new Mini, which goes on sale this summer, and will be available in both standard three-door hatchback and five-door Clubman bodystyles.BMW will unveil the new Mini John Cooper Works versions at the Geneva motor show next week. They are the first Works Minis to have been developed in-house by Mini, after BMW bought the rights to the brand from Mike Cooper last year, and so had full control of the development and engineering of these new Mini Works cars. It will also have full control of their build, at Plant Oxford.

Engine changes

Mini has spared no expense or effort in giving the standard Cooper S’ 1.6-litre turbo engine even more power and torque for the Works version. Many of the modifications it has made are identical to those it carries out for the engine of its Mini Challenge race cars.The engine’s air filter, air mass meter, induction system, exhaust system, catalyst, turbocharger, cylinder head, cylinder gasket, pistons, valves and valve seats have all been upgraded. As a result, this compact motor develops 208bhp and a punchy 207lb ft of torque on temporary overboost, which is enough to propel the Mini JCW hatchback to 62mph in 6.5sec and on to 148mph.This engine is also the first in the Mini’s range to be compatible with EuroV emissions stipulations, which come into force in 2009 – so it’s both powerful and clean – and, thanks to Mini’s stop-start system, returns more than 40mpg on the combined cycle.

Chassis tweaks

Also borrowed from the Mini Challenge cup car are many of the Mini JCW’s chassis components. Included are the car’s 17in vented front disc brakes and its cross spoke Challenge alloy wheels. Customers will also be offered the chance to upgrade to an even lower, stiffer setup which will be ideal for track work.

Extra kit

This new Mini Works will be the first to be offered with BMW’s Dynamic Traction Control system. Working in tandem with the car’s electronic differential lock, this allows controlled slip on the drive wheels, to the improvement of traction and accelerative oomph.A leather steering wheel, air conditional, piano black interior trim and an anthracite headlining all come as standard, as does an upgraded 10-speaker stereo, a 160mph speedo and ‘Works’ exterior badging.

Prices

Though it may be quick, one thing this hot Mini won’t be is cheap. Prices on the three-door hatch should kick-off from £20,500 this July, while the Cooper Works Clubman version will be £21,700. So it’s a Mini that costs more than a VW Golf GTi, and will require as much commitment from its customers in buying as it will in driving. Still, expect residual values on the earliest cars to be very strong indeed, so if you’re going to buy one, now would be the time…

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25 February 2008

£20500 is plain ridiculous for a MINI! I love Mini's having owned an early 2002 Cooper S and an S convertible, but if I had that money to spend, it'd have to be the Golf GTI or edition 30. Golf's may look a bit steady to some but at least they have a decent drive, hold their value well and can double up as a family car when required.

25 February 2008

£20500 is plain ridiculous for a MINI! I love Mini's having owned an early 2002 Cooper S and an S convertible, but if I had that money to spend, it'd have to be the Golf GTI or edition 30. Golf's may look a bit steady to some but at least they have a decent drive, hold their value well and can double up as a family car when required. Also, what options does the JCW come with or do you still have to add air-con to that price?

25 February 2008

I'd quite fancy a Mini. Does anyone know if the Clubman adds any real value i.e. is it actually much bigger ? Does the extra length help the ride ?

25 February 2008

[quote James Read]Does the extra length help the ride[/quote]

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

25 February 2008

Clubman probably not worth the extra it looks a bit stupid imo and the suicde door opens onto the road. I think JCW MCS looks fantastic though, even if it costs the same as a GTI or TDI 170 Golf you can have a lot more fun with the mini and it looks uber cool.

25 February 2008

I dunno about anyone else but I'm bored of MINIs, and I speak as an ex owner. The problem with basing an entire brand on a retro design is that there is almost nowhere left to go in the future. BMW seem to be struggling with this problem and the indeciive Clubman is a sign of this. The last I heard, the only solid future expansion of the range was (yawn) a 4x4. Gotta say, though, that they are still huge fun to drive.

25 February 2008

And how long exactly was the original Mini made for with minimal changes? 40-odd years?

(And yes, I realise the original Mini was far more a triumph of engineering/packaging than the current one, which is a triumph of marketing with a bit of German engineering thrown in and poor packaging).

26 February 2008

[quote James Read]

I'd quite fancy a Mini. Does anyone know if the Clubman adds any real value i.e. is it actually much bigger ? Does the extra length help the ride ?

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The extra that you pay for a Clubman gives you a boot the same size as a Mk1 Skoda Fabia hatch, rear seats that are now suitable for up to age 10 instead of 8, no rear visibility with passengers in the back and rear end styling that looks like a Ssangyong reject.

Oh yeah and some stupid extra doors because a hatchback is just like, so uncool or whatever.

The extra length may help the ride but this'll be offset with the need for bigger wheels to help the back end look less bulky.

Get a Focus ST, Clio 197 or something else more practical and just as much fun.

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