2016 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible revealed

Brett Davis

Are you after an exciting open-air driving experience? MINI has just unveiled the new John Cooper Works Convertible, bringing the same race-like personality of the JCW hatch to an open-top convertible.

2016 MINI JCW Convertible-side

Starting with the engine, it’s a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder barking out a whopping 170kW of power and up to 320Nm of torque. It uses BMW’s TwinPower variable geometry turbo technology, providing a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 6.5 seconds with the six-speed auto (6.6 in manual).

Like the hatch counterpart, the new JCW Convertible comes with dedicated sports suspension with struts at the front and a multi-link setup at the back, as well as Brembo four-piston performance brakes. Dynamic dampers with adjustable modes are available as an option.

Helping to separate the exterior from the regular MINI Cooper convertible, the JCW version comes with 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a special aero package with front and rear spoilers, a big front grille and bonnet scoop, and various colour combinations and trim options.

Inside, passengers are treated to bespoke sports seats for four people, Dinamica/fabric trimming, a unique leather-wrapped sports steering wheel for the driver, stainless steel pedals, with black chequered patterns spread throughout.

In the very back there is 160 or 215 litres of cargo capacity, depending if the roof is up or down. This is made more practical thanks to 50:50 split-folding rear seats, and a tailgate that can handle loads of up to 80kg when open.

2016 MINI JCW Convertible-interior

Buyers will also be offered an optional 8.8-inch Professional grade navigation system, with MINI’s new Touch Controller setup that presents a touch-sensitive surface. This can be hooked up to an optional Harman Kardon hi-fi sound system.

MINI Australia is yet to confirm when the spicy drop-top will land Down Under. It’s expected to be priced slightly above the JCW hatch (from $47,400).

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