Mike Stevens | Jan 25, 2010

MINI HAS TODAY announced the special Australia-only MINI John Cooper Works Challenge Edition, available for a limited time at a $2500 premium over the 'regular' MINI John Cooper Works.

Based on the MINI CHALLENGE race car, the JCW Challenge Edition is available with Hardtop, Clubman and Cabrio models.

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The MINI John Cooper Works Challenge Edition is powered by the same turbo-charged 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine as the regular MINI JCW, developing 155kW and 260Nm of torque. A further 20Nm of torque is available thanks to the temporary Overboost function.

As with the MINI JCW, the JCW Challenge Edition shoots to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds.

If not in the form of powerplant upgrades, what sets the JCW Challenge Edition apart from the regular JCW model? According to MINI, over $7000 worth of extra styling and handling tweaks.

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Exclusive to the Australian market, the John Cooper Works Challenge Edition features a JCW-branded aerodynamics package with front, rear and side aprons, along with a JCW carbon-fibre spoiler and a aluminium cross brace.

Inside there's an Alcantara and carbon steering wheel, JCW carbon-fibre gearshift knob with Alcantara shroud, carbon-fibre handbrake lever and unique Challenge Edition badging.

 

Pricing

The Challenge Edition package is offered at an extra $2500 over the regular JCW prices, which are listed below.

MINI John Cooper Works $48,800
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman $51,300
MINI John Cooper Works Cabrio $56,900

Note: Pricing is Manufacturer’s List Price only, and does not include dealer delivery or on-road costs. GST and LCT is included.

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