The most powerful versions in the Mini range have been equipped with new exhaust filtration technology to conform to Euro 6d-TEMP requirements and get through WLTP emissions regulations.
The alterations to the 2.0-litre, twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine haven’t affected the car’s performance.The JCW produces 231bhp and is capable of 0-62mph in 6.3sec in hatchback guise, 0.3sec quicker than the convertible.
Fitted with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the hatchback produces 158-157g/km of CO2, while the convertible is rated at 162-161g/km, depending on spec. The optional eight-speed automatic gearbox brings emission levels down to 142-140g/km and 148-145g/km respectively.
Mini claims the new particulate filter has been integrated into the exhaust system in such a way that allows for “a characteristic sound inside and outside the vehicle.”
Standard equipment offerings for the UK market have been enhanced, with a choice of 17in alloy wheels, black exterior and interior trim, and leather bucket seats now available at no extra cost on both body styles.
Also fitted as standard to the performance model is a sports suspension and braking system, while a John Cooper Works bodykit visually differentiates it from other models in Mini’s line-up. As with all other Mini models, LED front and rear lights, automatic headlights and rain sensors are standard fitment.