In two-wheel drive variants, the drive is transferred to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual transmission. In the case of the MINI JCW Paceman and MINI JCW Countryman, power is
seamlessly channelled via the electromagnetic centre differential of the standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system between the front and rear axles to all four wheels.
MINI JCW sports suspension, which comes as either standard or a no-cost-option depending on the model, has dynamically tuned dampers and anti-roll bars. Precise stopping is guaranteed with a standard high-performance sports-brake system.
For sky-high levels of driving fun, a Sports button in the centre console allows the driver to tweak the engine’s responses and soundtrack, as well as the power assistance provided by the steering. In models fitted with automatic transmissions, pressing the Sport button also quickens shift times.
All MINI JCW models are instantly recognisable, with unmistakable exterior details and selected interiors underscoring each variant’s bold and muscular characteristics.
Depending on the model, up to ten exterior colours are available. A contrasting paint finish can be ordered for the roof and exterior mirror caps in Chilli Red, a colour exclusive to the John Cooper Works models. Sport stripes are also available in the same colour as a no-cost-option.
Each MINI JCW sports an Aero kit, which includes a front apron with integral air ducts for brake cooling, side sills and rear bumper as well as the two-wheel drive variants receive stylish 17 inch Cross Spoke Challenge alloy wheels. The four-wheel drive MINI JCW Paceman and Countryman also receive the Aero kit, and are finished with 18 inch twin-spoke burnished alloy wheels.
All MINI JCW vehicles bear the John Cooper Works logo on the radiator grille, tailgate, door sill strips and near the side indicators, highlighting the sporting character of the mighty midget even further.
The interior of each MINI JCW variant exudes racing flair, with sport seats, a JCW sports leather steering wheel, anthracite roof lining, trim elements in Piano Black, and dark-coloured dials for the speedometer and rev counter. Handbrake and gearshift gaiters feature red stitching and standard floor mats come with red contrasting seams.
And just because all variants are fully kitted with performance features, it doesn’t mean the occupants need miss out on creature comforts and convenience. Standard equipment for the MINI JCW range includes a high-end harman/kardon 10 speaker audio system, bluetooth hands-free kit with USB audio interface, and Bi-Xenon headlights with auto headlight control and rain sensor.
The crowning jewel of the MINI JCW collection is the limited edition MINI JCW GP model. The MINI JCW GP is the fastest production MINI ever built, and boasts a time of 8.23 minutes for a lap of the iconic Nurburgring.
With only 2,000 manufactured worldwide, and just 55 of these allocated to the Australian market, these powerful performers enjoy a very rare status that make them instant collectors items.
The light-weight MINI JCW GP features a 160kW race-tuned engine and traction control system with a specific “GP” mode, as well as a bespoke racing suspension and braking system.
A unique aerodynamics package gives the MINI JCW GP edition an unmistakable road presence, and consists of under-body panelling to reduce drag and a carbon rear wing to improve down-force over the rear axle.