The ingredients that turn a Cooper S into a Works 210 split neatly into two categories: those that are fitted at the factory and those that are added or replaced by your Mini dealer.
The factory items setting the car apart from a standard Cooper S outwardly are the 17in Track Spoke alloy wheels finished in gloss black, and Mini’s John Cooper Works aero kit, which consists of more aggressive front and rear valances than the standard Cooper S gets, as well as a split-level roof spoiler.
The aero kit has been available as part of the John Cooper Works upgrade catalogue for a while, of course, and the wheels are just an official Cooper S option.
Nothing special or new, you might say.
You also get white indicator lenses as standard on your S Works 210, as well as John Cooper Works sill plates and ‘Works 210’ pillar badges.
When your car gets to the dealer, though, it’s fitted with Mini’s Works 210 Enhanced upgrade kit. This consists of a software reflash for the engine control system that boosts peak power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor from 189bhp to 207bhp, and torque from a nominal 207lb ft to 221lb ft.
A Cooper S can produce that much torque through its temporary overboost function, but the Works 210 makes it without such caveat. And that puts this car on an almost dead-level footing for potency with its closest rivals from Peugeot and DS, and much closer to Ford’s outgoing Mountune-fettled Fiesta ST.