Mini has a proud historical past of hot hatchbacks. The iconic British model has been constructing small vehicles, with dramatically partaking driver attraction, because the Sixties.
Since coming below the management of BMW within the Nineties, Mini has thrived. It has constructed a nice portfolio of very succesful compact efficiency vehicles. South Africans who’ve all the time thought of Minis as being too small and merely for college college students, had their biases checked with the model’s JCW modes.
The Mini JCW driving expertise
The JCW acronym unpacks as “John Cooper Works” and represents probably the most potent Minis. Two-generations of JCW have been obtainable South Africa, with the primary in 2005, adopted by a second-generation variant in 2013.
Both of these JCW Minis provided robust efficiency and exclusivity. Mini solely produces very restricted numbers of its JCW derivatives, which make them a rarity. Something which actually will increase the possession attraction for many who worth the JCW driving expertise.
Limited provide: You gained’t see two in a day
The newest Mini JCW GP has now been confirmed for South Africa. Like all these JCWs which have gone earlier than, it appears outrageous and might be in very restricted provide.
Although Mini’s native product planners have managed to safe a bigger quota for the South African market than earlier than, it nonetheless solely totals 38 vehicles. But you pay a hefty premium for that exclusivity.
Priced at R809 488, this new addition to the model’s native vary has turn out to be the most costly Mini to but be offered in South Africa. Does it justify its value, past the promise of exclusivity?
Mini JWC GP: Does it justify its value?
The mechanical upgrades are important. Aside from the bolder fenders and that giant rear wing, there are big 355mm entrance brakes.
Look inside this Mini and also you’ll discover there aren’t any rear seats. They have been changed with a shiny crimson strut brace, which will increase the automotive’s general lateral rigidity but additionally ensures that this Mini is strictly a two-seater automotive, regardless of its hatchback profile.
Mini’s engineers have dropped the JCW GP’s suspension, reducing its centre of gravity, and it rolls
Perhaps the JCW GP’s most attention-grabbing function, is its power- and drivetrain configuration. BMW offers the two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 225kW and 450Nm.
Driving lovers want a guide transmission, for peak driving engagement, however this most potent Mini is barely obtainable as an eight-speed computerized. It can be front-wheel drive, which is uncommon for a hot hatchback with greater than 220kW of energy.
Performance numbers are convincing, with the JCW GP succesful of a 265km/h prime velocity.