Following the debut of the all-new 2016 Mini Cooper and Cooper S Convertible models last fall in Tokyo, the automaker has unveiled a hot Mini John Cooper Works version of its redesigned drop-top as well as confirmed USA pricing for all its open-air models.
Top speed, meanwhile, is put at 242km/h in manual guise and 240km/h with the automatic.
The JCW Hardtop's tech formula is still here, which means we get a 2.0-liter turbo dialed up to 228 hp and 236 lb-ft (Nm) of twist. The company has just announced the 2016 John Cooper Works Convertible, the fastest and most powerful ragtop it has ever built. When fitted with a manual gearbox, it will return 43.5mpg - the automatic even better at 47.9mpg - a significant improvement over the previous generation model, notes Auto Express. "Now, with the addition of the John Cooper Works variant we have once again set the bar high for the rest of the premium convertible market by offering a high performance open-top driving experience". New sills give a sportier side profile and bigger front vents add a more eager, aggressive look.
Inside, passengers are treated to bespoke sports seats for four people, Dinamica/fabric trimming, a unique leather-wrapped sports steering wheel for the driver, stainless steel pedals, with black chequered patterns spread throughout. The manual transmission version can accelerate from 0-100kmph in 6.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of around 240kmph.
The convertible comes with a front-wheel-drive system, high-quality suspension and a Brembo sports brake system.
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible arrives
The Mini JCW Convertible will be priced from $35,600 in the United States excluding destination and handling charges. As always, buyers can customize all sorts of details like mirror caps, hood stripes, and interior trim, and the new droptop also now offers a woven Union Jack graphic for the softtop-a first for the Mini Convertible.
Now, an all-new 2016 version is out-as is a new John Cooper Works, which is badged a 2017 - and the good news is that prices haven't strayed far from the outgoing models'.
The next model in the John Cooper Works family will be the John Cooper Works Clubman, which is due to make its public debut alongside the John Cooper Works Convertible at the NY motor show on 23 March.
Standard equipment ranges from air-conditioning, parking sensors, John Cooper Works sports seats and 17-inch wheels.