John Cooper Works special division is renowned for their Mini Cooper customization and they didn’t fail with new Hardtop edition as well. 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop is branded as the strongest Mini ever and rightly so.
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Review
The car is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine which puts up more than strong 228 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque. These are superb figures for such a small car, but the trend says that future performance-oriented Mini’s will continue to push the limits. Even now, Cooper S puts up very high figures. In any case, JCW Mini can reach 0 to 60 speed in 5.9 seconds with automatic, and in 6.1 seconds with manual transmission. Finally, Mini can develop top speed of 153 mph, a feat many larger and more potent cars should be ashamed of.
Like every hard top Mini, JCW model executes pretty much the same design. Presentation model was painted red with black contrasting roof and couple of black stripes upon the hood. The hood also came with a small scoop for better airflow, while grille and bumper are pretty much the same as in Cooper S models. Needless to say, front fascia is also adorned with couple of circular headlights, while rear end comes with vertical, curved tail-lights and a black garnish above the licence plate inlet. Double circular exhaust pipe is centered upon the bumper and car features a roof-mounted spoiler as well.
Interior is basically unchanged, at least physically. All shapes from regular models have been carried over to 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop model as well. However, there are some visual discrepancies, mostly in color department.
There are a lot of red stitches and details in this special model which are chosen in order to match the exterior. Suede-covered seats also offer red inserts and stitches, all upon a black background. JCW model will sit atop the line whatever happens, and thus should offer all tech features that fully upgraded Mini Coopers currently do. Of course, Mini adds features in bundles, so we expect those most lucrative ones to still come as options. This goes for Loaded and Fully Loaded packages which include everything there is in one large bundle.
Fuel efficiency of 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop model should take a slight hit compared to economy ratings of Cooper S and especially of base Cooper model. Figures aren’t out yet, but expect some 25 mpg combined, opposed to 27 mpg combined of Cooper S version.
Finally, JCW Mini most likely won’t be offered for less than $30,000, and, as already mentioned, few still available packages could raise the price tag even more.
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop is the most exciting Cooper to date; until GP version comes out, that is. In any case, this is the strongest iteration of iconic compact car until now, and it has to be said that JCW division did a splendid job, not only on its powertrain, but on a whole car, overall.