MINI John Cooper Works Challenge
There’s news from the Mini front, as the company has gifted us all with the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge This extreme performance-focused John Cooper Works brags about adjustable suspension, high-grip tires, lightweight alloys and an upgraded braking system.
Based on the latest John Cooper Works Hatch, the Challenge is still meant to be practical and comfortable as a day-to-day vehicle. Power is provided by a 2.0-liter, as you’d expect, good for around 231 hp (172 kW) and 320 Nm (235 lb.ft) of torque. As such, the tweaked JCW will do 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 6.3-seconds and max out at 153 mph (246 km/h). To be honest, I was expecting a bit faster acceleration from such a vehicle, but let’s just hope things will; get better over time.
Content with the aforementioned performance figures, the team went on to focus on the chassis, suspension, tires and braking, with most of said systems borrowed from the Mini Challenge racing car along the way. On an aesthetic level, we should mention the enlarged front air intakes for cooling, new wheel arch extensions and rear spoiler. The JCW Pro Aero-kit also provides the Challenge with lower front splitters, rear spoiler add-ons, a rear diffuser and rear splitters. The JCW Pro exhaust acts as a finishing touch, and probably enjoyable soundtrack.
The Challenge’s suspension system makes use of Nitron coilover spring and damper units, and recommended road and track settings are provided – just to make sure. A set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires were fitted onto the 17″ John Cooper Works wheels to keep everything safe and in grip.
Braking will also take less time, since Brembo delivered grooved and part-drilled 330-mm front brake discs, with four-piston calipers and specially developed brake pads. At the end of the day, the White Silver John Cooper Works Challenge will make an impression on you, both from the outside and inside.
The cabin welcomes driver and passengers alike with the aid of JCW sports seats, a sports steering wheel and Carbon Black cloth upholstery. Please note there will be only 100 John Cooper Works Challenges to go around, starting off at £32,000 (US$45,400) and meant for UK roads.