The Mini Cooper S is often described as an ultimate driver's car by those who drive and love it, so what to make of the John Cooper Works kit, which shoves the power output to 141 kW and is now available in South Africa?
Available now from Mini Parts and Accessories, the tuning kit can be specified when ordering for fitment before the car is collected, or it can be retro-fitted for R12 255.18 at a Mini Dealership. This requires approximately four hours of labour.
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Extending its traditional partnership with Mini, the John Cooper Works tuning kit grants the Cooper S's 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbo engine a significant power increase from 128 kW to 141 kW.
Peak torque is increased too, from 240 Nm to 250 Nm between 1 750 and 5 000 r/min.
As with the standard model, the overboost facility makes 270 Nm of torque available in the first three gears under hard acceleration.
This results, according to BMW, in a 0-100 km/h-sprint time down from 7.1 seconds to 6.8, and a top speed of 232 km/h from the standard version's 225 km/h.
A new JCW sports brake system with 16-inch perforated discs is used to dish out head-snapping stopping power.
However, despite its performance advantages, the tuned version's fuel consumption is identical to that of the standard Mini Cooper S at 6.9 l/100 km.
And the Mini's legendary cornering ability can be further enhanced with the addition of the JCW suspension and strut brace, fitted as a set or individually, increase the car's stability while shorter and stiffer springs reduce ground clearance.
From the outside, the JCW model is distinguished by an in-your-face branding on the front grille and tailgate, an aerodynamic body kit, 18-inch light alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system with twin tailpipes.
Furthermore, a tailgate spoiler constructed of carbon fibre and carbon fibre reinforced plastic is aesthetically pleasing as well as performing aerodynamic duties. Other components aiding weight reduction are optional composite alloy wheels and titanium bolts for the wheel hub.
In addition to the JCW kit, two extra performance and cosmetic packages have also been made available for both the Cooper and Cooper S.
The manufacturer approved tuning kit will not affect existing warranties and the upgrades are available at Mini dealerships immediately.