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MINI Unveils JCW Challenge

With the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed fast approaching. MINI has taken the wraps off of the JCW Challenge which aims to bring lap time shredding capabilities to the venerable hardtop model.

As the name suggests, the JCW Challenge is heavily inspired by cars that compete in the Challenge racing series. This is most prevalent JCW Challenge when one views the front fascia which stands out thanks to bigger front air intakes, model exclusive trim for the wheel arches, and a roof mounted spoiler. MINI has always been known for its paint selection, but the JCW Challenge will only feature White Silver with a black roof providing much needed contrast.

The interior retains much of the basic traits that have come to define other hardtop models, but passengers benefit from supportive bucketJCW Challenge interior seats, as well as a sporty three spoke steering wheel. Like other special edition models, the JCW Challenge features a commemorative plaque on the dashboard which signifies its place in the production order.

Unlike the Challenge racing cars which make up to 255 horsepower, MINI did not make any alterations to the hardware lurking under the hood which means the Challenge will retain theJCW Challenge engine standard JCW’s 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine which brings 231 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The Challenge makes the sprint to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds before topping out at 153 mph. A six speed manual gearbox is the only transmission choice available, but a trick limited slip differential built by Quaife helps brings more of the Challenge’s power to the road.

MINI claims that only 100 copies of the JCW Challenge will be produced, and that sales will be limited exclusively to the United Kingdom. Pricing begins at £32,000 which converts to about $46,000 in U.S. dollars. Speaking of the U.S, market, MINI revealed that it has no plans to sell the Challenge in the states due to our country’s stricter safety and emissions laws, as well as potential cross shopping between it and the range topping JCW hardtop.

 

MINI Unveils Seven Special Edition

MINI has always been known for its tendency to bring back memories of the past with some of its special edition models, and it has continued that tradition with the unveiling of the Seven edition hardtop.

The Seven pays tribute to the very first Mini that was introduced back in 1959, though that particular distinction is shared by two brands P90211176in the old British Leyland empire, the Morris Mini Minor, and the original Austin Seven hatchback. The package is avalible on both the two and four door models, and can be had in both base and Cooper S variants. However, unlike other special editions, which had little distinction between each other. The Seven boasts an impressive array of options for buyers which helps it standout from the rest of the Cooper lineup.

This is especially apparent when it comes to exterior colors and interior upholstery with buyers being able to choose from four diffrent hues – Lapisluxury Blue (pictured), Pepper P90211177White, Midnight Black, and British Racing Green. This freedom of choice extends to the interior with choices including leather upholstry in Cross Punch Carbon Black, Lounge Satellite Grey, or MINI Yours Lounge Carbon Black (along with the model exclusive Diamond Brown Malt Black cloth/leather setup.) There are four diffrent dash trim options too with Standard Piano Black trim as well as optional Dark Cottonwood, Fiber Alloy, and Off White motifs.

A set of 17-inch two tone alloy wheels are standard equipment, and buyers are stuck with the Melting Silver hued roof regardless of color choice. The decreasing width stripes match the roof, and MINI claims that they feature Malt P90211170Brown rules. However in these pics, it appears to also feature red hued trim suggesting that other trim colors will be avalible.

Seven owners will also benefit frome an impressive level of standard equipment which includes heated seats, panoramic sunroof, Harmon/Kardon stereo, power folding mirrors, and a 6.5 inch MINI Connected system. As expected, there will also be an extensive pool of options with MINI highlighting the 8.8 inch Mini Connected XL system, and the optional adaptive dampers for the suspension.

Look for Mini to announce official pricing for the Seven package closer to its official launch later this summer, with ordering expected to take place earlier than that.

MINI Showcases 2016 John Cooper Works Hardtop

Following an ill timed leak earlier this week, MINI has taken the veil off of the 2016 MINI John Cooper Works model ahead of its formal debut at next months North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The newest iteration of the JCW aims to compete with hot hatch rivals such as the Volkswagen GTI, Ford Focus ST, and the Fiat 500 Abarth.

 

As expected by many, tP90167729_highReshe production version is virtually identical to the John Cooper Works concept that made its debut at last years show. The JCW version stands out from its more mainstream sibling by featuring a more muscular look that incorporates a more aggressive front bumper with larger air ducts, bigger fender flares, black trim around the radiator grille, and a bigger roof mounted spoiler. Stylish 17-inch alloy wheels are also part of the package and several strategically placed JCW badges round out the exterior modifications.

The interior of the JCW has also been modified and features a leathP90167748_highReser wrapped steering wheel as well as a leather wrapped shift knob. Meanwhile sport bucket seats, stainless steel pedals, and a model exclusive black anthracite headliner further embody the performance theme and allow the JCW to be on par with rivals. As expected from any MINI product, buyers can choose from a long list of optional equipment including heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beam headlamps. These three features are a noticeable upgrade over the equipment found in the last JCW, and should allow the car to better compete with rivals that offer similar equipment.

Performance for the 2016 John Cooper Works comes from a modified version of the Cooper S’s 2.0 liter turbocharged engine which brings 231 horsepower between 5,200 and 6,000 RPM’s and a healthy 236 lb-ft of torque from 1,250 all the way up to 4,800 RPM’s. The new engine brings 39 more horses to the party which not only makes it more potent than P90167737_highResthe old JCW’s 1.6 liter four cylinder, but also the GTI though it does fall short of the 252 horsepower wielded by the Focus ST. Despite this though, the new engine does earn the title of being the most powerful engine ever fitted to a MINI product. All of this power also allows the JCW to make the sprint to 62 mph in a scant 6.1 seconds when equipped to the six speed automatic transmission while manual transmission variants ring in at a slightly higher 6.3 seconds. While official mileage figures for both models have not been released,  the automatic version does achieve 41 mpg when subjected to mixed European cycle testing. Handling has also been tweaked and benefits from a lowered and stiffened suspension which greatly reduces body roll, while meaty Brembo brakes at all four corners helps bring the JCW to a safe stop form any speed.

MINI’s latest hot hatch offering is expected to land in showroom sometime next year, stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the 2016 John Cooper Works as they become available. In the meantime check out the full suite of photos which can be seen in the gallery below