Hardcore Mini JCW Launched In India!

Wickedest version of the Mini Cooper is now available in India as a CBU

  • Under the hood is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit that churns out 231PS and 319Nm of torque.
  • Mini JCW can sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 6.1 seconds.
  • The hatchback is only available with an 8-speed automatic ‘box in India.
  • Gets the usual JCW mechanical and cosmetic bits to aid performance.

The Mini John Cooper Works has been launched in India at Rs 43.50 lakh (ex-showroom India). The hot hatch will be available as a CBU and the deliveries will commence from June 2019. The hatchback gets all the updates that it got in various other markets last year.

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While it may look similar to the regular Cooper S, the JCW is not just a sticker job. In fact, it is the most hardcore version of the Mini and boasts of a lot more goodies as well.

  Mini Cooper S
Mini John Cooper Works
Power 192PS 231PS
Torque 280Nm 319Nm
Gearbox 8-speed automatic gearbox
8-speed automatic gearbox
Acceleration 6.7 seconds 6.1 seconds
Price Rs 34.20 lakh Rs 43.50 lakh

For starters, powering the hot hatch is an uprated version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, churning out  231PS and a solid 319Nm of torque. The hatchback can do the 0-100kmph sprint in an impressive 6.1 seconds. Power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission and it also gets an LSD for good measure. The car also gets the same tweaks that it received last year. For example, the new particulate filter integrated in the exhaust system helps the Mini JCW emit less harmful emissions. However, the exhaust still crackles and pops like its Diwali.

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The hot hatch will also get the usual bit of JCW magic, including various revisions to the chassis and brakes. The suspension setup now gets uprated springs and dampers, strengthened and lightened suspension components, new anti-roll bars, lightweight support bearings and triple-path strut mounts, meaning that the car will stick to the tarmac like it’s meant to be.

As for the way it looks, the hatchback is very similar to the model available abroad with the striking dual-tone paint options, JCW aero bits and badges. The colour options for India include Chilli Red, Electric Blue, Emerald Grey, Melting Silver, Midnight Black, Pepper White, Solaris Orange, Starlight Blue, Thunder Grey, White Silver and exclusive JCW Rebel Green. The hatchback also features the iconic Union Jack tail lamp elements along with 17-inch JCW Track Spoke lightweight alloy wheels. Things feel racy on the inside as well with piano black inserts and JCW-specific sport bucket seats.

Minis have always been about their pint size and stellar dynamics, which has helped create a huge cult following. The hatchback has various motorsport titles to its name. Amidst the various accolades the Mini Cooper has garnered over the years is the fact that Enzo Ferrari himself drove one! It couldn’t get a better testament than that.

The Mini John Cooper works sits on the apex of hot hatches in India, with no specific rivals as such. The hatchback belongs to a niche category and demands a huge Rs 9 lakh premium over the sporty Cooper S variant. Does it justify the extra premium or is it really a race car in disguise? Stay tuned for our first drive review where we will address all these questions and more.

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