MINI Malaysia believes that wonderful things comes in pairs when they recently took the wraps off not one, but two new range-topping MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) models – the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and MINI John Cooper Works Countryman at the MINI Track Days 2017 held at Sepang International Circuit.
Introducing the New MINI John Cooper Works models, Mr. Han Sang Yun, Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia said, “In the summer of 1959, Sir Alex Issigonis presented the Mini, his idea of a small car complete with ample space and exciting driving capabilities to the world. The humble classic Mini was then transformed by racing legend John Cooper into a world touring and rally champion, winning the Monte Carlo Rally back to back in 1964 and 1965. Today, as we celebrate John Cooper’s 94th birthday, we are pleased to introduce two new MINI John Cooper Works models which carry the legendary high-performance DNA set by John Cooper as well as the reputation of premium sophistication that MINI is known for.”
In terms of styling, the new MINI JCW Clubman and Countryman get the John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Bodykit, 19-inch John Cooper Works Course Spoke wheels in Burnish Black, John Cooper Works grille, Chili Red roof and mirror caps, Chili Red body stickers, rear spoiler, stainless steel tailpipes, as well as John Cooper Works Side Scuttles and John Cooper Works Door Sill.
Inside the cabin, both John Cooper Works variants come equipped with John Cooper Works sports seats with Dinamica Leather upholstery in Carbon Black and Red Stripes. The cars are steered through the John Cooper Works leather steering wheel and is controlled through stainless steel pedals.
The motorsport-inspired design is also seen on the John Cooper Works instrument cluster as well as John Cooper Works centre display trim. By night, the awe-inspiring driving experience is further enhanced with the MINI Yours Illuminated Cockpit Surface in Piano Black for the MINI Countryman and the MINI Yours Illuminated Interior Style in Fibre Alloy for the MINI Clubman.
Under the hood, power is supplied by a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology which produces a total output of 231hp with 350Nm of torque. When coupled with 8-Speed Steptronic Sports automatic transmission, the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman hits 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds while the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman does so in just 6.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 238km/h for the Clubman and 234km/h for the Countryman.
Through a rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever, the driver can activate the settings of their MINI Driving Modes to SPORT, MID and GREEN. This influences the characteristic curves of the accelerator pedal and steering, the engine acoustics, and the shift characteristics of the 8-speed auto transmission and specifically on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, its Dynamic Damper Control set-up.
The characteristics of the electronically controlled dampers on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman are geared to a particularly dynamic driving style in SPORT mode and support a more comfort-oriented style in the other two modes.
The standard sports suspension specifically on the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, meanwhile, features a particularly tight set-up of the suspension and damping systems.
Both the John Cooper Works models also feature 4-piston Brembo brakes and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. DSC functions include Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) – which acts as an electronic locking function for the front axle differential – and Performance Control for agile turning when taking bends at speed.
The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman are also the first top athletes of the latest generation to be fitted with the all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard. The electronically controlled distribution of drive torque between the front and rear wheels allows particularly spirited acceleration manoeuvres as well as increasing agility when taking bends at high speed. Due to the fact that it is interlinked with Dynamic Stability Control DSC, ALL4 guarantees drive torque distribution that is adapted quickly and precisely to the given driving situation.
Other new standard feature found on the John Cooper Works models Harman Kardon sound system, Parking Assist function, Rear View Camera and the MINI Find Mate, which can help keep track of anything the driver wants. It comes with two Bluetooth tags that can be applied to for example luggage or keys, allowing the vehicle to track whether these tagged items are in the vehicle or not. If not, an audible signal will be sent and the location of the item will be sent to the driver’s smartphone. If the item is out of range, the car will navigate the driver back to its last known location.
Both MINI John Cooper Works models are made available in Rebel Green and Midnight Black colour. The White Silver is available exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman while the Light White is exclusive for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.
The new MINI John Cooper Works models arrive with the MINI 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service as well. The estimated retail prices (on the road for personal registration, without insurance) for the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is RM328,888 and for the for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is RM348,888.