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JCW treatment for Mini Cabrio

Open season: The Mini Cabrio gets the JCW treatment.

Mini confirms price and spec for the JCW Cabrio, due on sale here in September

10 Aug 2009

MINI says it has delivered almost 100 examples of the John Cooper Works-fettled three-door hardtop and five-door Clubman so far this year, after their release in Australia in September 2008, with more than 50 per cent of Mini Cooper S models sold in June wearing the JCW badge.

Now the BMW-owned British brand has revealed pricing and specifications of the JCW version of the new Mini Cabrio, ahead of its confirmed release here in September.

Priced from $56,990, the JCW Cabrio sits at the other end of the Mini model spectrum from the minimalist Cooper D turbo-diesel (from $33,750), which was launched in May as Australia’s equal most fuel-efficient new car.

Mini says the JCW Cabrio, which is $8000 pricier than the JCW hardtop and more than $5000 more expensive than the JCW Clubman, is “one of the fastest accelerating open-top vehicles on the road under $100,000”.

Powered by the same engine that’s found in the Mini Challenge racecar, the JCW Cabrio is good for a claimed 0-100km/h sprint in 6.9 seconds – the same time BMW claims for its $64,700 125i Convertible.

The fastest Mini Cabrio to date runs the same engine as the JCW hardtop and Clubman and takes the turbocharged direct-injection 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine found in the Cooper S to new heights.

 center imageIn the JCW, it is fitted with twin-scroll turbo to produce 155kW between 1850 and 5600rpm, with peak torque of 260Nm increasing to 280Nm in overboost mode. The Cooper S engine offers 128kW and 240Nm.

The JCW Cabrio comes as standard with a six-speed manual transmission and returns official combined-cycle fuel consumption of 7.1 litres per 100km.

It is differentiated from the Mini Cooper S Cabrio via 17- inch ‘Cross Spoke Challenge’ alloy wheels, larger brakes, a bespoke exhaust, JCW badging and a 260km/h speedo,Standard features include cloth/leather-trimmed sports seats, piano black décor trim, tinted windows, bonnet stripes, climate-control, sports suspension, Xenon headlights, a Harmon Kardon HiFi sound system and DSC electronic stability control with integrated Electronic Diff Lock Control.

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