Future Models - Mini 2016 Convertible
Mini gives Cabriolet the JCW treatment
Got the green: In addition to the host of special performance parts and tuning treats, both hatchback and Cabriolet Mini JCW variants can be ordered in a unique Rebel Green paint colour.
170kW John Cooper Works pack combined with soft-top Mini Cabriolet
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15 January 2016
MINI has thrown its selection of John Cooper Works performance-honing kit at
its recently revealed Cabriolet, bringing the same 170kW engine and sharpened
chassis recipe found in hard-top JCW that arrived last year.
The JCW Cabriolet is yet to be confirmed for Australian launch, but BMW Group
Australia corporate communications general manager Lenore Fletcher told GoAuto
the company would introduce the model if it were made available.
“Yes of course we would like to see it here,” she said. “Is it finalised? No it
is not finalised.”
The standard Mini Cabriolet is due to arrive in Australia during the second
quarter of this year but Ms Fletcher said, if the JCW version was to make it
Down Under, it would not be at the same time as it Cooper and Cooper S
“It will be later in the year, were it to arrive.”
For the wind-in-the-hair JCW, Mini has duplicated the equipment from the
hatchback, starting with its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit, which
takes power up from the 141kW/280Nm of the Cooper S to 170kW and 320Nm.
With its extra power, the hottest convertible can accelerate to 100km/h in 6.6
seconds when fitted with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, or 6.5s with
the optional six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
It cannot keep up with the lighter hatchback JCW, which gets to the 100km/h
milestone in 6.1s or 6.3s with a manual gearbox, but it is 10 per cent more
powerful that the previous Mini Convertible JCW, beating the superseded manual
by 0.3 seconds and the auto by an even wider 0.6s.
Despite having more power than any Mini before it, the new JCW Cabriolet is
also one of the most efficient to date, using 6.5 litres of petrol per 100km on
the combined cycle, or 5.9L/100km when equipped with the automatic shifter.
The JCW lets everyone know that it is producing more power than its siblings
with a louder sports exhaust system, which Mini says is even easier to enjoy
with the roof down.
While the convertible shares all of the hatchback's JCW suspension
modifications such as aluminium swivel bearings, axle supports, hollow
anti-roll bars and uprated springs rates, it also gets additional torsion
struts to compensate for the missing roof, which can reduce chassis stiffness.
Standard Cooper S dampers are uprated for the JCW but an optional Dynamic
Damper Control is also available, which alters the ride stiffness when
switching between Sport and Green modes. The switchable driving options also
sharpen engine and automatic transmission operation.
Front brakes are uprated to Brembo four-piston callipers, housed by unique
17-inch Track Spoke design wheels, but these can be upgraded to black versions
or a larger 18-inch Cup Spoke rim set.
A JCW aerodynamic bodykit completes the look of the hottest convertible Mini
with larger air inlets, pumped-up bumpers, rear diffuser, hexagonal grille with
honeycomb mesh and matching badges, while LED headlights are standard.
The JCW treatments continue on the inside with more branding throughout and
unique John Cooper Works sports seats that pin occupants in place.
As the flagship of the Mini range, JCW versions are already generously
equipped, but Ms Fletcher said, as is customary when finalising local model
specification, BMW Australia always tries to offer a more premium product than
in other parts of the world.
“We are known for trying to always put a bit more in than might be the case in
other countries, but whether or not we have to, or we need to, or we can is
another thing,” she said.
In European trim, the freshly announced Mini JCW is, quite literally headlined
by its folding fabric roof, which takes 18 seconds to open or close, is
“particularly low noise,” according to Mini, and can be opened at speeds of up
For those wanting to acknowledge the Mini's motherland, the fabric roof can be
optioned in a special Union Jack fabric roof with the United Kingdom's flag
embossed in grey and black.
The standard fitment Always Open Timer records how much time has been spent
with the roof open, and displays the driver's 'score' on the on-board trip
computer in the central display.
Extra Cabriolet features include optional dual-zone air-conditioning, heated
windscreen and seats, rain-sensing wipers and light-sensitive headlights,
Comfort Access, heated exterior mirrors and a self-dimming rearview mirror.
Standard entertainment equipment includes Radio Mini Boost with AUX, USB and
Bluetooth connectivity and permanent Sim card for Mini TeleServices, although
Australian functionality has not been finalised.
In-car entertainment can be upgraded with a Harman Kardon sound system, Mini
Connected and Professional navigation, which brings a larger 8.8-inch screen
with Mini Touch Controller.