MINI’s new 170kW/320Nm John Cooper Works hot hatch will hit Australia in the third quarter with a $47,400 starting price, the carmaker has confirmed.
The 2015 JCW’s pricing, which marks a $3000 saving over its predecessor, sees the hot hatch join a new more-affordable Cooper range.
The new John Cooper Works becomes even more appealing when measured against the special $56,900 ‘GP’ version of the previous model, which was driven by a less-powerful 160kW/280Nm turbo 1.6 litre four.
Thrumming away under the hood of the new JCW is instead a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine, producing 170kW at 5200rpm and 320Nm from 1250rpm.
The new engine boasts a larger turbo, mounted at the exhaust manifold, along with new pistons, revised camshaft timing, a 10.2:1 compression ratio and a meaner exhaust system.
In all, this package makes the new JCW the most powerful production model to ever wear a MINI badge.
As with the Cooper S, suspension is by MacPherson struts up front and a four-link arrangement at the rear.
The suspension tune can be altered via 'Dynamic Damper Control' with selectable damper settings, allowing drivers to set the setting that suits their driving preferences.
Or, keen drivers can opt for a fixed permanent Sports Suspension setting, with harder springs and stiffer gas shock absorbers.
There’s also electro-mechanical power steering and electronic differential lock control.
A six-speed manual is the entry option; choosing instead a six-speed sports auto will boost the price to $49,950.
The manual promises a 0-100km/h of 6.3 seconds, while the auto reduces that even further to 6.1 seconds. (If a new GP model appears, we could see MINI break into the 5.0 second zone.)
Fuel consumption is listed at 6.7 l/100km with the manual, dropping to 5.7 with the automatic shifter.
Standard equipment with the new JCW in Australia will include:
- Dynamic Damper Control
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Reversing camera
- Park Assist with front and rear Park Distance Control
- MINI Driving Modes
- Professional Navigation
- DAB+ tuner
- Head Up Display with enhanced model specific content
- LED headlights
- Extended Bluetooth
- John Cooper Works Sports Seats
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control, along with Dynamic Damper Control, are also standard.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- MINI One - $24,500
- MINI Cooper - $26,650
- MINI Cooper D - $31,800
- MINI Cooper S - $36,950
- MINI JCW - manual - $47,400
- MINI JCW - auto - $49,950
- MINI Cooper - $27,750
- MINI Cooper D - $32,900
- MINI Cooper S - $38,050