The Mini Cooper is just about to get a whole lot better. Mini has now decided to fit its new 1.6-liter turbocharged engines into all of its John Cooper Works models. There will also be a new six-speed gearbox offered as an option for all the high performance cars.
Replacing of the engines in the current John Cooper Works Minis is the turbocharged aluminum engine of the same capacity. Though the peak horsepower and torque are the same – 208bhp at 6000rpm and 192lbft of torque (or 207lbft on overboost)- the fuel economy of the engine as well as CO2 emissions have been improved. Engine response is a whole lot better as well. The model line will retain the proven twin scroll turbocharged motor but users will now have more boost available, an aluminium block, reinforced pistons, higher strength cylinder head, new intake camshaft, lighter crankshaft and even a new exhaust system!
The standard Mini with a six-speed manual transmission has a fuel economy figure of 39.8mpg as well as 165g/km of CO2 emissions. The new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine takes these figures down to 42.8mpg and 153g/km. With the performance of the car unchanged, the John Cooper Works Hatch does 0-62mph in just 6.5 seconds, attaining a top speed of 148mph.
The three-door hatch equipped with an automatic transmission takes an additional 0.2 seconds to hit 62mph from a standstill and the top speed is unfortunately, but only slightly, lower by 1mph, bringing it to 147mph. Fuel economy for the automatic suffers a little with 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions are 12g/km higher than the 165g/km on the manual.
All the John Cooper Works Mini’s including the Clubman, hatchback, Coupe, Roadster, Countryman and the convertible are featured with Mini’s complete fuel-saving technologies as standard. These technologies include stop-start, a brake energy recovery system, a reworked electric steering system as well as a gear shift indicator.
The new John Cooper Works Countryman with all-wheel drive receives the same 1.6-liter engine but with a slight increase in power. The engine outputs 215bhp (7bhp more) and 207lbft of torque. Though more powerful, the car does 0-62mph in 7 seconds with both the manual and the automatic transmission. The top speed for the manual is 140mph, while the automatic does 139mph.
The fuel economy figures of the Countryman JCW sits at 38.2mpg when equipped with a manual transmission and 35.8mpg with the automatic. The manual emits 172g/km of CO2 while the automatic does 184g/km.
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