Mini launches the updated version of the hardcore and more performance-oriented John Cooper Works (JCW) hatchback in the country.
Say hello to the new Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) that’s just landed on Indian shores. Priced at Rs 43.50 lakh (ex-showroom), the Mini JCW is a souped-up and more performance-oriented version of the regular Mini Cooper models, meaning it packs even more oomph. Not to mention, it’s now the most expensive model in the Cooper range.
The JCW is offered only in a three-door version, and there are a lot of visual enhancements as compared to the regular Cooper S. This includes a bolder overall presence, featuring a beefier bumper with large air intakes, 17-inch JCW wheels, a rear spoiler and as many as 10 exterior paint options. In addition to this, a special Mini green paint option, coupled with adaptive Matrix LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof and bigger 18-inch wheels are also being offered as optional extras.
The interior has a sportier theme, too. The JCW gets sport seats with leather headrests and red accents, a sporty leather steering wheel, paddle shifters, stainless steel pedal caps and the JCW badging on the door sills. The feature list includes a head-up display, a Harman Kardon Hi-Fi Audio System, featuring 12 high-performance speakers and an eight-channel digital amplifier and a circular central instrument panel that measures 6.5-inches. An optional Mini Wired package will get you an 8.8-inch touch screen with Touchpad controller.
Now, the main question – what’s under the hood? A 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol unit that churns out 228bhp of max power and 320Nm of torque. That’s a bump of 39bhp and 40Nm over the Cooper S. What’s more, the JCW also gets an 8-speed automatic (torque converter) instead of a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic offered with the S. 0 – 100km/h will be dismissed in 6.1 seconds.
The Mini Cooper JCW will be sold in India as a completely built unit (CBU). There’s no direct rival for the Mini Cooper JCW at the moment, but we’re hoping to see Volkswagen bring the Polo GTI back in the country and spice things up a little bit.