Mini John Cooper Works Convertible For Geneva
16th February, 2009
Mini will unveil the new John Cooper Works Convertible at the Geneva
Motor Show, which opens to the public on 5th March 2009. The Mini John Cooper Works Convertible will take centre
stage at the Mini display and it will be on sale in Europe during March 2009 and a little later in Australia.
Featuring the same high performance engineering modifications as the hatch model carrying the John Cooper Works
badge, the convertible’s 1.6-litre twin scroll-turbocharged engine produces up to 280 Nm peak torque with Overboost
Performance data for both models is therefore equally impressive.
The newcomer’s petrol power plant is a significantly revised version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged unit found in
Mini Cooper S models, and the same as that in the Mini CHALLENGE race car. The engine is lighter, stronger and is
supplied with a larger air intake and an exhaust system specifically designed for John Cooper Works cars.
The lengthy standard kit list of every Mini John Cooper Works Convertible includes a bespoke John Cooper Works
alcantara steering wheel, sport seats, John Cooper Works floor mats and glossy piano black interior. Air
conditioning is fitted as standard, as it is now on every new Mini.
Performance of the Works car is underlined by an exclusive speedometer.
A Sport button is located in front of the gear stick. When pressed it activates a bespoke engine control map
producing boost earlier in the rev range and sharpening steering and throttle response. The gear knob featuring a red
gearing diagram is unique to the Mini John Cooper Works.
Unique lightweight 17” alloy wheels in Cross-spoke CHALLENGE design, shod with Run-flat tyres, feature on the
new convertible. A John Cooper Works Aero kit is standard and the tuning brand’s logo is positioned on the boot,
grille, brakes and door sills.
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Extra-large disc brakes paired with upgraded bright red Brembo performance callipers are supplied. Chassis
technologies ensuring a sporty and safe driving experience are also standard features of the Mini John Cooper Works:
- ABS Brakes
- EBD Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- CBC Cornering Brake Control
- EDLC Electronic Differential Lock Control
- DSC Dynamic Stability Control (incorporating Hill Assist)
- DTC Dynamic Traction Control
Unique to Mini John Cooper Works models is EDLC. With DSC fully deactivated, the car’s Electronic Differential Lock
Control delivers an even sportier driving experience. EDLC works when the car is accelerating hard out of corners or
tight bends. In this situation, it electronically slows the spinning inside wheel to enhance grip and ensure that all
available power is transferred to the road through the wheel with greatest traction. In contrast to the way DSC and DTC
manage power delivery to the wheels, EDLC does not intervene with the throughput of engine power, meaning the driver is
in near total control of the handling of the car.
The Mini John Cooper Works Convertible will be built entirely in the UK
With the new Mini convertible now rolling off the line, several points of operation at Mini Plant Swindon and Oxford
have been modified. BMW Group invested in new assembly stations for the convertible tailgate at Plant Swindon. At Plant
Oxford, the bodyshop installed and commissioned all necessary facilities and infrastructure to meet the standards and
geometrical accuracy for the convertible body.
Employees in final assembly have transformed all work areas to integrate production of the new Convertible
efficiently, and are now building the complete Mini model line-up once again on a single assembly line.
Jürgen Hedrich, Mini Plant Oxford’s new Managing Director, said: “The launch of the new Mini John Cooper Works
convertible is incredibly important as it signifies that our complete model line-up is now back in production across
Mini’s UK production facilities.”
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