Mini John Cooper Works Convertible
- Mileage: 8,014
- Year: 2014
- MOT Expiry: December 2018
- Exterior Colour: White Silver Metallic
- Interior Colour: Carbon Black Lounge Leather
- Top speed: 148
- 0-60mph: 6.5
- BHP: 208
- Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1598cc
- Engine Configuration: Turbocharged 4 In-line
MINI and Cooper have been linked since the 60s and the John Cooper Works badge is still reserved for the ultimate versions. Throughout the Mini’s history, owners have been overcome by the desire to make their pocket rocket go even faster. There’s a thriving aftermarket industry, although one name’s become synonymous with fast Minis: Cooper.
The original Mini Cooper appeared in 1961, when Formula One team owner John Cooper bored out the standard car’s engine and fitted it with twin carburettors. He also added disc brakes and a close-ratio gearbox – and the car was a hit on the rally stages and with the buying public – which is why BMW revived the Cooper badge when it launched the new MINI in 2001.
Cooper, Cooper S and even Cooper D badges have graced every version of the new MINI that’s been sold since the brand’s revival for the 21st century, but the fastest and sportiest models of all bear the John Cooper Works name plate. However, the very first JCWs weren’t factory models, as the John Cooper Works company was founded by John’s son Michael Cooper as a tuning outfit for the new MINI.
John Cooper Works’ first offering was a Tuning Kit for the standard MINI Cooper in 2001, which only boosted power by 11bhp to 126bhp, at a cost of around £1,500. Nevertheless, it had BMW’s blessing, so the standard MINI warranty was still valid.
In 2002, the Cooper S Tuning Kit was released, boosting the supercharged car to 200bhp. This kit could be fitted at a MINI dealer, and brought uprated engine parts and a new exhaust, as well as subtle John Cooper Works lettering.
Another upgrade in 2005 added an extra 10bhp, although with a price tag of £3,600 for the Tuning Kit, these early JCW models are rare indeed. Come 2007 and the second-generation MINI, the turbocharged Cooper S had a similar performance upgrade. But everything changed in 2008 when BMW bought John Cooper Works, and also launched the first factory-built JCW version of the car. This allowed MINI to properly develop the performance model to pack 211bhp. It also fitted an electronic limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes and BMW’s advanced Dynamic Traction Control system. The result was one of the fastest and finest-handling hot superminis you could buy, and few cars could match its performance-per-pound ratio.
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Automatic start/stop function (1CC), Brake Energy Regeneration (1CD), 17-inch cross-spoke alloy wheels (2PX), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) (210), Tyre Pressure Indicator (2VB), Multi-function steering wheel (249), Runflat Tyres (258), John Cooper Works leather/alcantara steering wheel (2XC), JCW bonnet stripes (3AZ), John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit (3A1), Black headlights (3A2), Mirror Caps Black (3BE), Alarm System (302), Heated Windscreen Washer Nozzles (314), Sport button (4UF), Chili Red interior surfaces (4CY), Colour Line Carbon Black (4C1), Velour floor mats (423), Height-adjustable front seats (450), Front armrest (473), Front Sports seats (481), Storage Compartment Package (493), Heated front seats (494), LED fog lights (5A1), Passenger airbag deactivation (5DA), Jack (5DD), Headlight washer system (502), Park Distance Control (PDC)(507), Rain-sensitive wipers (521), Bi-Xenon lights (522), Automatic air conditioning (534), On-board computer (550), Interior Lights Package with ambient lighting (563), Enhanced Bluetooth system (6NE), Mini Connected (6NM), Mini navigation system (6UM), Voice input system (620), DAB tuner (654), Harman Kardon HiFi system (674), CHILI Pack (7Y2), White indicator lights (785), Wind deflector, Spare key.
The stunning White Silver paint presents with a beautiful, almost pearlescent finish to each of the panels. The bodywork is unmarked throughout, with no car park dings along the sides or unsightly chips to the front end. The external trim is also blemish-free and the black soft-top is pristine.
As such a highly specified example the exterior of the Mini boasts JCW bonnet stripes, mounted LED driving lamps, and Bi-Xenon headlights finished in the rare and desirable black option. The colour palette looks exceptional, complementing perfectly the aerodynamic John Cooper Works kit and polished chrome detailing.
The impeccable heated sports seats are upholstered in luxurious Carbon Black Lounge leather piped in Championship Red. There is almost no wear to speak of and certainly no damage or marking to be found. The upgraded leather is complemented nicely by the Chili Red surface trim and Interior Lights Pack, which allows occupants to specify their own colour choice of mood lighting within the cabin.
The vast interior specification also boasts satellite navigation, enhanced Bluetooth, Mini Connected, voice control, automatic air conditioning, a Harman Kardon HiFi sound system, and a multi-function steering wheel trimmed in supple black leather and gorgeous Alcantara. Everything presents in exceptional condition and the carpets are protected in the footwells by the original overmats. The Storage Pack and front armest were also spec’d from new. In the boot you’ll find a cargo net and detachable wind deflector.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The turbocharged 1.6 performs effortlessly on test and sounds incredible through the special JCW exhaust. With a satisfying 208hp on tap the Mini can reach 60mph in 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 148mph. Power is transferred to the front wheels via smooth six-speed gearbox, and having covered little over 8k miles the car drives and feels like new.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 17-inch Challenge alloys are finished in gloss black. The cross-spoke design exudes performance, and the rims present well with only expected curb marking to report, however a perfectionist may choose to refurb. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Continental ContiSport tyes that have seen just 8k miles of use. Between the spokes you’ll see pristine Brembo calipers in red. Again, with just 8k miles to their name the discs and pads have plenty of meat left.
The Mini was first registered in December 2014. It was sold to the current owner through Barons of Hindhead with 4,525 miles on the odometer; A-Glaze paint sealant was applied by Mini at this time. The car has since been serviced at Barons and the MOT does not expire until December 2018.
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