Johannesburg - Mini’s ever-flowing fountain of new cars has produced another John Cooper Works, or JCW, edition - this one credited with the most powerful engine yet fitted to a series production Mini.
The word ‘yet’ is important here, as Mini’s in-house one-upmanship will likely see an even more powerful version (probably a GP edition) in coming months. But for now, the third JCW, which was launched in South Africa last week, lays claim to the title.
Engine size is up to 2 litres from the 1.6 used in the previous two JCWs, and with help from a twin-scroll turbo, variable valve timing and direct injection, outputs are pegged at 170kW and 320Nm. That’s 15 more kilowatts and 40 more newton metres than the previous hatch version.
With this, Mini says the new JCW can bolt from 0-100km/h in just 6.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 246km/h, when fitted with a six-speed Steptronic gearbox. A six-speed manual, which will become available later this year, gets the same max speed but gets a slightly slower 6.3 second sprint time.