The best bit is your preferred. Jcw flavor is available right across the mini range. Let'S. Take a look back in 1961 british motor corporation teamed up with the english racing legend. John cooper to produce a sportier version of their new compact car, the mini the first cooper featured a bigger, more powerful engine with twin carburetors, a shorter ratio gearbox and better brakes, and just one thousand were commissioned to be built the very next year, a factory backed Or works team mini cooper took first place in the british touring car championship, winning seven of the 10 rounds, the cooper and even more powerful cooper s were a runaway success that initial 1000 cars turned into some 64 000 mark 1 coopers and an additional 19 000 Cooper s, sales john cooper, continued to work on road and race minis throughout the 1960s, with john cooper works cars, achieving three wins in the famed and gruelling monte carlo rally, and even in the australian touring car championship at bathurst, it's, safe to say the jcw legend Was well and truly born when the new mini cooper was launched in 2003, a jcw kit was initially offered as an option, but in 2006 the first fully jcw tuned car, the mini jcw gp arrived. The name was back and in 2008 the first new mini john cooper works was launched. Naturally, they started with the hatch. This is now the third generation mini john cooper works, hatch, a pint sized three door, smile machine that in many ways stays true to that 1960s.
Original mini, but where that car had 47 kilowatts on tap, this one has quite a bit more with a 170 kilowatt 320 newton meter, 2 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The hatch is essentially the entry point to the jcw lineup cars are available with a 6 speed manual or 8 speed automatic transmission and, like the classic cooper it's front wheel, drive right. This thing is an absolute hoot to drive. It feels taut and balanced. You can feel it rotate around these bands – Music. That sounds fantastic now, we're in an automatically equipped car and you can see we've got the paddle shifts here. The shifting speed it's not really super lightning fast, but you know what this is just the entry point to the jcw lineup. The best thing is, you can make the jcw your own, with literally hundreds of combinations to choose from there's ten exterior paint, colors four roof. Colors three racing stripe, colors, plus a host of interior and trims, and if you prefer the wind in your hair, the three door hatch is also available as a convertible. The mini cabrio john cooper works shares the same engine and core mechanical base as the hatch, but it also features a powered soft top that can raise and lower in just seven seconds, but a compact three door, hatch isn't for everybody. So if you want your mini with a few more doors, the mini clubman has six plus in john cooper works, guys it has a neat trick up its sleeve Music.
The mini jcw clubman is all wheel drive, which offers more grip and confidence on tight, winding roads or race tracks. You'Ll need it too, as under the bonnet, is a four cylinder: two liter turbocharged petrol engine with 225 kilowatts and a massive 450 newton meters. Making this one of the most powerful minis ever, it feels so much quicker than the hatch being able to carry more speed through corners and even offers a sub 5 second naught to 100 time. It'S practical too, the mini wagon style can accommodate large objects like a surfboard, just in case you're, in a real hurry to catch some waves for even more practicality, the same engine and driveline in the clubman is available in the bigger countryman suv. Here you have a really flexible interior that makes for a sensible family car which doesn't compromise on that mini jcw driving experience. But if even that isn't enough there's this the mini john cooper works gp. The john cooper works gp is a strictly limited and definitely collectible model and there's, something that really ticks the boxes for the most fanatic mini enthusiasts out there, a strictly limited run of 3 000 units of these hyper hatches have been made and only 67 will find Their way here into australia all are individually numbered, like the one we have here on test now beneath all those wings and fender accessories is the same 225 kilowatt 450 newton meter, 2 liter, four cylinder turbo from the clubman in a more aerodynamically focused, lighter three door: Hatch style power to weight on this extreme mini is just 5.
6 kilograms per kilowatt. These wild carbon composite wheel spats extend the width of the car by 35 millimeters, which allows for a wider, eight inch wheel and a wider track overall. But if you want your performance with a conscience it's worth noting too, that they're made out of the same recyclable material as you'll find in the bmw, i3 plus check out that rear wing. Sadly, if you want one, you better have friends in high places, because the entire australian allocation of the jcw gp has already been spoken for and today, i'm speaking for this one Music. What fun you've got the added performance that you find in the clubman and some pretty impressive straight light, speed, plus the nimble handling and diminutive size of the hatch, and it really does feel like a proper little go kart. I know it's a strange thing to say, but this car definitely feels lighter there's no back seats. All you've got is just a race car style brace, and you find that you can just tip it in and carry so much more speed around the corners. It sounds weird, but you could really feel that lighter weight now the gp is still front wheel, drive but there's a new mechanical lsd up the front that helps put the power down, especially when accelerating out of corners. So there you have it a full range of jcw choices, options for those who want to bring their mini experience to the extreme, from the three door, hatch to cabrio, to the all wheel, drive, clubman and practical countrymen, culminating of course, in the bonkers gp.
There is something for everyone for me, though. The clubman is the perfect balance, it's fast fun and handles well plus. I love the cool barn doors at the back, so what's. Your pick of the jcw range you can find out. All there is to know about the entire john cooper works lineup by heading on over to caravise.com, as always, hit subscribe to stay up to date with all of our latest videos and don't forget to click the bell icon. So you get a notification every time. A new video is published, got any questions or got a favorite of the jcw lineup.