Preview: 2013 MINI Paceman John Cooper Works Edition
The JCW is a hotter version of the already available Paceman Cooper S that comes with a tweaked 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which should develop the same output as its sister model, the Countryman JCW.
In Europe, the Countryman JCW’s turbocharged unit delivers 215hp (218PS) and 280Nm (207 lb-ft), while in North American specification, these numbers drop to 208hp and 192 lb-ft (260Nm) respectively.
2013 MINI Countryman John Cooper Works All-Wheel Drive!
The 4,133mm long, 1,789mm wide and 1,549mm tall crossover packs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that utilizes direct-injection technology and a twin-scroll turbocharger to produce 215hp (218PS) and 280Nm (207 lb-ft) of peak torque or 300Nm (221 lb-ft) with the overboost function.
The JCW Countryman is offered with a standard six-speed manual and in a first for John Cooper Works model, buyers will be able to opt for a six-speed automatic transmission.
According to the British carmaker, the pepped-up Countryman goes from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in 7.0 seconds and continues until 140mph (225km/h) when fitted with a manual gearbox and 139mph (223km/h) with the automatic.
The John Cooper Works edition gains an aerodynamic kit, sports suspension and exhaust system, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, and DSC stability control with DTC as standard. Among other available options are an exclusive Chili Red contrasting paintwork for the roof and exterior mirrors, and 19-inch light-alloy wheels.
Dubbed as the fastest production Mini in history, the new John Cooper Works GP lapped the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in a very impressive 8 minutes and 23 seconds, which makes it about 19 seconds faster than the previous generation JCW GP model that sported a 1.6-liter force-fed unit with 210hp and 180 lb-ft (244Nm) of peak torque.
The British company won’t say yet how many ponies are hiding under the second generation JCW GP’s hood, but rumor has it the 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine has been tweaked to deliver 220- to 230-horses.
Mini says it has reworked the entire chassis with the upgrades including an adjustable sports suspension, four-spoke lightweight alloys, race-spec brakes and tires, plus new aerodynamic parts such as larger front and rear aprons, bespoke side skirts and roof spoiler, and a newly developed rear diffuser.
We do not get any pictures of the interior but like its predecessor, the new GP loses the rear seat bench to trim weight.
The sportiest variant of the Mini hatchback series will go on sale later this year in a limited run of 2,000 cars worldwide.
The new JCW Countryman is fitted with Mini’s all-wheel-drive system known as ALL4 as standard with power coming from the latest iteration of the firm’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and a variable valve control system.
In European specification, the turbo’d unit is rated at 215bhp (218PS) and 280Nm (207 lb-ft) of peak torque or 300Nm (221 lb-ft) with the overboost function.
With the standard six speed manual gearbox, it completes the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in 7.0 seconds and tops out at 225km/h (140mph). When equipped with the optionally available six-speed automatic, which is a first for a JCW model, the Countryman hits 100km/h in 7.0 seconds and stops accelerating at 223km/h (139mph).
The North American specification model is said to deliver 211bhp but the same peak torque. Oddly, MINI claims that the manual and automatic versions of the U.S. market JCW Countryman accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.1 and 7.5 seconds respectively on their way to a top speed of 127 mph.
Wimmer RS + MAC Audio 2012 MINI Clubman JCW Showcar
MAC Audio has tapped German tuning specialist Wimmer RS to create a showcar version of the Mini Clubman John Cooper Works [JCW].
The British car was fitted with Dynamat Xtreme insulating material to eliminate vibration and rattling, as well as additional batteries, buffer capacitors and cabling by Stinger.
The audio system comprises of Mac Audio Star X 2.16 front and rear loudspeakers, a handmade 90-liter bass enclosure equipped with 3 x Mac Audio STX Reference-Woofers and 6 Micro X Series amplifiers with a maximum output of 3,900 Watt.
The centerpiece of the system is an Audiovox VME 9325BTA Head unit that enables the user to control navigation using iPod, iPhone, USB, DVB-T and Bluetooth by touchscreen.
Aftermarket tuning firm Wimmer RS was responsible for the exterior and performance modifications that include an ECU software upgrade and sport exhaust system that lift output to 230HP.