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Killer Mini unleashed

2007-03-05 08:23
The new Mini Cooper and Cooper S are set for an April debut, but the super hot John Cooper Works kit for the little racer will be unveiled at this month's Geneva Motor Show.

The Works kit for the Cooper S bumps the power from the turbocharged 1.6 litre engine all the way to 141 kW with a peak torque figure of 250 Nm from 1 750 to 5 000 r/min.

An "overboost" function temporarily increases the torque to 270 Nm from 1 750 to 4 500 r/min.

Using technolology derived from its involvement in motorsport, the tuning kit for the Cooper S consists of a sports exhaust system, sports air filter, and an optimized engine management system.

Its special sports chassis lowers the suspension by 10 mm over the conventional setup and is likely to encourage spirited driving.

An aerodynamic body-coloured body kit - using a front and rear apron and side sills - is also included. The JCW carbon fibre roof spoiler is included too.

Cooper S owners won't have to feel completely left out though. Certain JCW components, such as the sports chassis, perforated front brake discs and 18-inch alloy wheels, are now also available on the Cooper S. Other JCW features, including sports seats and the sports steering wheel, can also be included. All Cooper models can be specified with the JCW carbon fibre-reinforced plastic trim for the front airdam, exterior mirrors and tailgate handle as optional features.

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