MINI fans can rejoice with the news that the hi-po John Cooper Works brand will be added to the Australian MINI line-up.
Two new JCW models are on the boat, the MINI John Cooper Works (Hardtop) and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman both of which will be available for delivery starting in August 2008 and the order book is open now.
Both MINI John Cooper Works models are powered by the same 155kW/260Nm version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged aluminium four-cylinder engine. A further 20Nm is available via an Overboost function.
The MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, while the heavier MINI John Cooper Works Clubman takes 6.8 seconds for the same sprint. Both models share an identical top speed of 238km/h. All of this hot hatch performance is available in combination with impressive efficiency, with the Hardtop using just 6.9 L/100 km on the combined cycle and the Clubman 7.0L/100 km.
?These are the fastest cars yet that MINI has brought to Australia but it is not their outright performance alone that will endear them to our customers. The cars are the complete package with bigger brakes, sportier exhaust, and an even higher degree of exclusivity,? said Justin Hocevar, National Manager for MINI.
The engine is all-but identical to that fitted to the MINI CHALLENGE race cars currently doing battle in the inaugural MINI CHALLENGE race series touring the country on the V8 Supercar Australia calendar.
?Now with MINI John Cooper Works branded cars we are authentically returning to the showroom, road-going versions of today?s MINI racers, the MINI CHALLENGE cars?.
All MINI John Cooper Works models are only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Both MINI John Cooper Works cars models are based on the Chilli specification of their respective models and additionally feature the following:
? John Cooper Works exhaust system
? 17-inch Cross Spoke Challenge S light alloy wheels
? Bigger brakes (316 x 22 mm front and 280 x 10 mm rear)
? 260 km/h speedometer
? John Cooper Works Badges
? Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
? Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
? Fascia Piano Black
? Anthracite Headliner
? Sun protection glazing, darkened side windows in rear as well as rear window
? Sports leather steering wheel
The standard Cross Spoke Challenge S light alloy wheels (7 J x 17-inches) are shod with 205/45 R17 run-flat safety tyres. Available as a no-cost option are17-inch Crown spoke light alloy wheels fitted with the same size tyres. JCW buyers will have a choice of more than 40 possible exterior colour combinations.
On the inside the standard sport seat specification is the cloth/leather ?Ray? upholstery with a choice of four colour schemes. Each matches the Piano Black interior surface fitted standard, or the Fluid Silver interior surface finish available as an option.
The MINI John Cooper Works (Hardtop) is priced from $48,800*, while the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is priced from $51,300*.
*Excludes dealer delivery and on-road costs.