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Decked-out Mini marks milestone

2009-06-11 10:27
Mini celebrates the 50th anniversary of a motorsport milestone with this special edition model John Cooper Works model.

With a history steeped in motorsport memories, this special edition Mini John Cooper Works World Championship 50 marks five decades of Mini as well celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Cooper's first F1 championship title with Jack Brabham at the wheel.

Unveiled at the 2009 Mini United Festival in Silverstone, only 250 units of the car will be produced.

155 kW of fun

Based on the Mini John Cooper Works, the car is powered by a 155-kW version of the 1.6-litre engine with twin-scroll turbocharging and direct petrol injection.

Maximum torque of 260 (with 280 Nm on overboost) is available from 1 850 to 5 600 r/min. Power is put to the wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

According to the manufacturer, this allows the special Mini to accelerate to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and hit a top end of 238 km/h. And for those who are interested, average fuel consumption is a claimed 6.9 l/100 km. CO2 emissions are 165 g/km.

Given the inherent fun element of the Mini, especially the JCW version, this should be capable of providing hours of entertainment.

This is aided by McPherson struts on the front axle and a central-arm rear axle, electromechanical power steering and a Sport button that sharpens the steering and throttle responses.

A performance brake system with cheerful red calipers ensures this Mini's stopping distance is kept to a minimum.

Coming to SA!

However, the limited edition model has a number of embellishments to both its exterior and cabin to set it apart.

For one, it comes in the rather fetching Connaught Green with white stripes trailing across the bonnet and roof. John Cooper's son Michael inspired the car and his signature adorns one of the roof stripes and the facia plaque on all units.

An aerodynamic package, smoked housings for the bi-xenon headlamps, carbon fibre detailing for key items such as the bonnet scoop and tailgate handle, and Jet Black light alloy wheels complete the exterior appearance.

Inside the cabin, the black interior is offset with sporty red splashes while the carbon fibre theme is perpetuated on the facia and door handle grips. The steering wheel is covered in Alcantara leather.

Demand for this little demon is expected to be great and with only 250 being made available, quite a few will have their feelings hurt. BMW SA expects to receive a small allocation of cars; it should know just how many units will be made available by the end of this week.


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