BMW takes the wraps off the hottest version of the Mini cabriolet, the John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible, at next month’s Geneva motor show in Switzerland
The JCW’s 1.6-litre twin scroll-turbocharged engine develops 157kW and 260Nm of peak torque (280Nm with Overboost deployed).
That’s enough to propel the ragtop to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 250km/h. BMW quotes combined cycle fuel economy of 7.1 litres/100km (39.8mpg).
The engine is the same one used in the Mini Challenge race cars and is lighter, stronger and has a larger air intake and specifically designed exhaust system.
JCW Minis get an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats, John Cooper Works floormats and glossy piano black interior.
A Sport button in front of the gear lever activates an engine control map which produces turbo boost earlier in the rev range and sharpens steering and throttle response.
The car rides on unique lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels shod with run-flat tyres. A John Cooper Works Aero kit is standard and extra-large disc brakes have upgraded bright red Brembo performance calipers.
BMW also markets a John Cooper Works version of the Mini hatchback which has slightly better acceleration and fuel economy.