Top Speed: 148 MPH
0-60: 6.5 Seconds
Horsepower: 208 @ 6000 RPM
Torque: 211 @ 6000 RPM
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
A factory-built performance trim of the Mk II MINI Hardtop, the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) was introduced in 2009. It was BMW's response to the popularity of the upgrade package that had been offered by the legendary John Cooper Garages to thousands of Mk I Cooper S owners and was heavily influenced by BMW Motorsport's race-bred MINI John Cooper Works Challenge.
With stiffer suspension than the standard Cooper S, as well as 17-inch alloys, performance tires, Brembo brakes, a six-speed Getrag manual transmission, and a sporty body kit featuring rear roof spoiler, distinctive badging, and a track-inspired honeycomb grille, the JCW convinced a whole new generation of MINI lovers to swap some additional bucks for its extra bang.
Of course the business-end of that bang came courtesy of its Cooper-coiffured 1.6-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, taken from a Cooper S and tweaked until it produced a mighty 211 bhp -- sufficient oomph to take the JCW from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and up to a maximum speed of 148 mph.
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