The powerful and race-bred MiniJohn Cooper Works is now available as an open-air experience thanks to its new convertible look. The new model uses the same 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine as found in the John Cooper Works Hatch, complete with its impressive 231hp and 320nm of torque: 39hp more than the Cooper S. So equipped, this latest addition to the Mini Convertible range can reach 100kph from rest in 6.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 241kph.
To harness this powerful engine, the suspension, braking and cooling specification of the Mini Convertible have been suitably upgraded. The John Cooper Works Convertible runs model-specific suspension settings with a bespoke braking system and larger intakes to increase cooling capability. The design alterations to the body not only aid aerodynamic performance, but also give the wheel its own aesthetic appeal.
Inside, the John Cooper Works convertible boasts a sporty trim in a black chequered pattern with a red design that creates the perfect ambience for the driver. Other standard fittings include newly designed leather steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and cockpit displays with dark dials.
Like its predecessor, the new John Cooper Works Convertible also boasts a fully automatic textile roof, including a heated rear window, a high-quality liner and effective acoustic insulation. The sliding roof function is available at any speed, allowing the front section of the roof to be retracted to continuously variable levels.
For transmission, the standard six-speed manual is characterised by low effort and short shift distances. In manual mode it’s possible to change gear using shift paddles at the steering wheel. Also, in conjunction with the Mini Navigation System the transmission is able to take account of the route profile in automatically controlling gearshifts.
Furthermore, in order to reduce weight and increase component rigidity, the front axle is fitted with aluminium swivel bearings as well as axle supports and wishbones made of high-strength steel. The new model is also supported by a raft of electronic driving aids, including dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control and an electronic differential lock.
BMW is also offering an array of optional equipment, such as low-speed manoeuvring that is aided by Park Distance Control, rear-view camera, and a Parking Assistant and a Driving Assistant system, which includes camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function.
In the era of smart technology, the latest model also provides several features such as a Rain Warner that will send you a text message to warn you if you forgot to close the roof. Other features will suggest places to pull in to close the roof at speeds beyond 48mph. Sounds neat, right?
The new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible will be available in April 2016 with a starting price of £26,630 or IDR 519 Million (price based on the exchange rate of GBP to IDR as of [12/2/2016]).
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