Mini unveils John Cooper Works ConvertibleMini launches world’s fastest small drop-top car
13 February 2009
Mini has announced the John Cooper Works version of the Mini Convertible will be shown for the first time at the Geneva motor show in March.
Using the same engine as the John Cooper Works Mini hatchback – and the Mini Challenge racing cars – the John Cooper Works Convertible is set to become the fastest small premium drop top in the world.
John Cooper Works Convertible
It’s powered by an extensively reworked version of the 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine in the regular Cooper S. The John Cooper Works version boosts power from 173bhp to 208bhp – a 35bhp increase – sprints from 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds, and hits a top speed of 146mph.
Despite this the John Cooper Works Convertible still returns fuel economy of 39.8 mpg combined, while emitting 169g/km CO2. Although to put that into perspective, the four-wheel-drive Ford Kuga SUV has similar CO2 emissions.
Geneva Motor show debut
Alongside the extra power you get 17-inch alloys, bespoke bodywork and badging, air conditioning, bigger brakes, 'dynamic' stability and traction control, and an electronic limited slip differential – intended to help the Mini sensibly deploy all its power.
As with every current Mini model, the John Cooper Works Convertible is being built in Oxford.
The Mini John Cooper Works Convertible goes on sale 28 March. No word on pricing yet, but don’t expect it to be cheap… More news and video to follow from the Geneva motor show in early March.
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