2016 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible

2016 Mini John cooper works convertible Review
When passion for motor racing is the driving force and intense open-air pleasure the goal, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible takes the ideal line from the word go

The second John Cooper Works model of the latest generation combines engine and suspension technology optimised for use on the race track with distinctive design and equipment features as well as the extensively refined qualities of the new MINI Convertible

This lends even greater fascination to the vehicle concept of an open-top 4-seater with outstandingly sporty performance properties that is still unique in the small car segment.The latest version of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 152 g/km) offers the most exclusive way of enjoying extreme driving fun

With its spontaneous power delivery and highly emotional sound, the most powerful engine in the British brand’s portfolio with 170 kW/231 hp is strikingly impressive

The fully electrically operated textile top is particularly low-noise, open or closing in just 18 seconds at the press of a button

The stretched silhouette and the powerfully modelled surfaces of the open-top 4-seater are supplemented with design elements developed especially for the John Cooper Works model to optimise cooling air intake and aerodynamic properties

The suspension technology set-up based on well-established racing expertise along with convertible-specific bracing elements guarantees excellent agility and precisely controlled handling in dynamic driving situations

Noticeable progress is also reflected in the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible as compared to its predecessor model in terms of acceleration figures, space and the premium characteristics of the interior, where the rollover bars that extend automatically if needed are now fully integrated behind the rear seats.The power that now ensures a truly unique racing feel when driving with the top open is drawn from a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine developed on the basis of the latest engine generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology, with a peak output exceeding that of the predecessor model by 15 kW/20 hp

There is also an increase in the lead over the new MINI Cooper S Convertible

The additional output of the top athlete bearing the John Cooper Works logo is now 29 kW/39 hp

The new engine also generates a maximum torque of 320 Newton metres and accelerates the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible with standard 6-speed manual transmission in 6.6 seconds from standing to 100 km/h – 0.3 seconds less than the predecessor model

In conjunction with the new generation of the optional 6-speed Steptronic sport transmission, the same sprint takes just 6.5 seconds (minus 0.6 seconds)

Elasticity has also been improved by about 10 per cent

6.1 seconds is all it takes to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h.The thrilling performance figures and also the handling properties of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible – which are always supremely under the driver’s control even when moving in extremely sporty style – result from a precisely configured overall package comprising not just the powerful engine but also a sports exhaust system, the sports suspension including 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels, a sports brake system developed in collaboration with specialist manufacturer Brembo, the John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit and the distinct cockpit design featuring John Cooper Works sport seats

The car’s performance properties, appearance and fascinating driving experience also give the open-top variant of the top athlete authentic characteristics that both reflect longstanding motor racing experience and the tradition-steeped association between MINI and John Cooper Works

To this day, the name of the legendary sports car designer John Cooper – who once paved the way for the classic Mini to take to the race track – stands for the intensive driving fun and successful motor racing achievements of the small British car.The exclusive character of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is also reflected in its particularly extensive standard trim

In addition to the fully automatic soft top, standard features on board include air conditioning and the Radio MINI Boost with AUX-IN and USB socket as well as LED headlamps, the MINI Driving Modes and Park Distance Control.