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2016 MINI John Cooper Works news, pictures, specifications, and information

THE NEW MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS CONVERTIBLE

◾High performance John Cooper Works specification now available as a Convertible
◾231bhp and 320nm of torque from revised 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine
◾Strong performance wîth 0-62mph achievable in just 6.5 seconds; top speed 150mph
◾Optimised cooling intakes combined wîth distinctive John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit
◾John Cooper Works specific 4-piston braking setup developed wîth Brembo
◾Exceptionally high levels of standard equipment: MINI Visual Boost Radio, MINI Connected,
◾Bluetooth, Rear Parking Distance Control and Rear Reversing Camera
◾Bespoke John Cooper Works sports seats and design touches in high quality cabin
◾Available April 2016 priced from £26,630

Potent, race-bred John Cooper Works performance is now available as an open-air experience, wîth the debut of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible this spring.

This new model uses the same 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine as found in MINI John Cooper Works Hatch, complete wîth its impressive 231hp and 320nm of torque. So equipped, this latest addition to the MINI Convertible range can reach 62mph from rest in 6.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 150mph.

To harness this powerful engine the suspension, braking and cooling specification of the MINI Convertible has been suitably upgraded. The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible runs model-specific suspension settings, wîth a bespoke braking system and larger intakes to increase cooling capability. The design alterations to the body not only aide aerodynamic performance, but also give the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible its own aesthetic appeal.

Inside, John Cooper Works sports seats and sporty trim touches create the perfect ambience for the enthusiast driver, and can be complemented by a wide range of optional extras, including MINI Media Pack XL featuring MINI Connected.

Engine: power and torque gains for John Cooper Works Convertible The latest John Cooper Works specification engine comprises turbocharging integrated in the exhaust manifold, petrol direct injection wîth injectors arranged centrally between the valves, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control, and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). This is combined wîth modifications that give the engine of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible an additional 39hp over the standard Cooper S model. The main focus has been on developing a new turbocharger, made of a highly temperature-resilient material, which delivers more boost. The pistons have also been specified accordingly, enabling a higher compression ratio. The result is a maximum torque of 320nm at just 1,250 rpm through to 4,800 rpm, while at 5,200rpm the engine supplies its peak power output of 231hp - maintained at a constant level until 6,000 rpm.

The performance figures illustrate the potency on offer: the sprint from 0-62mph takes 6.6 seconds wîth the manual transmission (automatic: 6.5 seconds), and the top speed is 149mph (150mph). The John Cooper Works sports exhaust system is especially noticeable during top-down driving: wîth its reduced exhaust backpressure, it both contributes to a spontaneous power delivery and also generates the sound typical of the John Cooper Works models.

MINI John Cooper Works Convertible benefits from a number of efficiency measures which also have been introduced on other models, including MINI John Cooper Works Hatch. For example, the auto start/stop function can now be used in conjunction wîth the Steptronic transmission, and the standard MINI Driving Modes include the GREEN mode, which supports an efficient driving style. If the Steptronic transmission is fitted, it is possible to use the coasting function at speeds of between 30-100mph, as soon as the driver removes their foot from the accelerator pedal. The result is impressive fuel and emissions figures: the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible achieves an average fuel consumption of 47.9mpg (43.5mpg) and a CO2 emissions level of 152g/km (138g/km).

Transmission: six-speed manual or Steptronic automatic gearbox

The standard 6-speed manual transmission is characterised by low effort and short shift distances. A 'rev matching' function built into the manual transmission ensures jerk-free clutch engagement, thereby enhancing comfort when shifting down a gear.

The optional 6-speed Steptronic sport transmission combines excellent efficiency wîth smooth yet fast gear changes. In manual mode it's possible to change gear using shift paddles at the §teering wheel. Furthermore, in conjunction wîth the MINI Navigation System the transmission is able to take account of the route profile in automatically controlling gearshifts.

Suspension: Brembo sports brake system, Convertible-specific bracing elements


The new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is fitted as standard wîth a sports suspension featuring McPherson struts at the front and a multilink rear axle, wîth a setup optimised for the high performance of the John Cooper Works model. In order to reduce weight and increase component rigidity, the front axle is fitted wîth aluminium swivel bearings as well as axle supports and wishbones made of high-strength steel. The suspension geometry makes for agile turn-in response as well as precise §teering. At the rear axle, a larger proportion of highly rigid steels ensure increased stiffness combined wîth reduced weight. Tube-shaped anti-roll bars at the front and rear axle, an innovative axle bearing including a hydraulically damped engine mount and triple-path support bearings to decouple the dampers from the body additionally contribute to the fact that the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible retains precisely controllable handling while not sacrificing ride comfort.

Another standard feature is the high-performance brake system developed exclusively for John Cooper Works models. Designed in collaboration wîth Brembo, the 4-piston fixed caliper disc brakes are particularly resistant to fade. The brake calipers are finished in red and bear the John Cooper Works logo, cited behind the standard 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels in Track Spoke silver. John Cooper Works light alloy wheels are optionally available in Track Spoke black and also in an 18' Cup Spoke 2-tone design.

DSC including Performance Control, Servotronic and MINI Driving Modes as standard; Dynamic Damper Control as an option

The standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) comprises of Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control, which supports agile turning when taking bends at speed. A Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available, providing two set-ups for either sporty or more comfort-oriented driving situations. The relevant set-up is activated via the standard MINI Driving Modes. In addition to the standard MID mode there is a choice of SPORT and GREEN modes. The MINI Driving Modes are operated via a rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever and influence not just the program map of the optional electronically controlled dampers, but also the characteristic curves of the accelerator pedal and §teering, the engine sound and also the shift characteristics of the Steptronic transmission (if specified).

Exterior design: the highest performing MINI demands a unique style

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 231 hp
Torque: 236 ft-lbs

6-speed Manual
The performance potential of the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is clear from its purposeful design. The front section comprises of large air inlets that feed the high cooling requirements of the engine, its ancillary units and the brakes. Additional air inlets in the outer areas of the front apron ensure the ideal operating temperature is maintained in racetrack conditions. Taking up the space occupied by the fog lamps in the new MINI Convertible, they guarantee the supply of air to an additional external radiator.

The hexagonal radiator grille at the centre of the front section has a honeycomb pattern and a cross member at the bottom edge finished in red. The John Cooper Works logo also appears here, as well as on the luggage compartment lid. Air ducting elements in the lower section of the front apron help optimise the car's aerodynamic properties, as do the side sills and the rear apron wîth flaps and a diffuser element. Other exclusive features of the exterior include the side turn indicator surrounds known as side scuttles, which bear a red accentuation line and a John Cooper Works logo applied against a black background, and also the tailpipes of the sports exhaust system integrated centrally in the rear apron which can be identified by their particularly large cross-section. Paint finishes for the body include 'Rebel Green', which is exclusively available for the new MINI John Cooper Works models. As an option at no extra cost, exterior mirror caps are available in white, black or - also exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works models – 'Chili Red'. The John Cooper Works bonnet stripes are also available.

A fully automatic soft top at the touch of a button


Like its predecessor, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible also features a fully automatic textile roof, including a heated rear window, a high-quality liner and effective acoustic insulation. The roof operation is purely electric and therefore very quiet, and it can be opened and closed in just 18 seconds, even while travelling at speeds of up to 19mph. The sliding roof function is available at any speed, allowing the front section of the roof to be retracted to continuously variable levels by up to 40cm. An alternative, and world-first, MINI Yours Únion Jack roof graphic design and a wind deflector are both available as an option.

Interior: a sporty ambience

Inside the cabin there are new John Cooper Works sports seats wîth integrated headrests and upholstery in Dinamica/fabric and the colour Carbon Black; they are also available in a Dinamica/Carbon Black leather version wîth red applications. Other standard fittings include the newly designed John Cooper Works leather §teering wheel wîth multifunction buttons, the John Cooper Works door sill cover strips, the John Cooper Works gear or selector lever, stainless steel pedals including driver footrest, and cockpit displays wîth dark dials. Interior trim in a Black Chequered pattern wîth red design accentuations appears not only on the seat surfaces but also on the §teering wheel rim, the gear or selector lever and the central instrument surround. The option of sports instruments consists of displays for the oil and charge-air pressure as well as a chronometer wîth stopwatch function while a MINI Head-Úp display is also available as an option.

Safety: complete range of safety equipment and fully integrated rollover protection

An extremely stable passenger cell, highly resilient bracket structures and deformation zones in optimum design all contribute to the passive safety of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible. These are part of the integrated MINI safety concept, as are the standard front airbags, side head-thorax airbags integrated in the backrests, 3-point automatic belts on all seats including belt tensioners at the front, and ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear and for the front passenger seat. A tyre pressure display for each individual wheel is also included as standard. In addition, the new MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is fitted wîth a fully integrated rollover protection system whose actuators are interconnected wîth the car's safety electronics. As soon as the risk of a rollover is detected, the two high-strength aluminium bars retract within 150 milliseconds by means of a pyrotechnical trigger function.

High-end options for comfort and style

There is an extensive array of optional equipment available to the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible buyer. For example, low-speed manoeuvring is aided by the Park Distance Control (PDC) and rear view camera which are fitted as standard to the rear of the vehicle. Additional parking sensors can be fitted in the front apron as option. A Parking Assistant can also be selected, and there's a Driving Assistant system including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning wîth initial brake function: the high beam assistant and road sign detection are also available. As an alternative to the standard air conditioning, a 2-zone automatic air conditioning is available that includes a convertible mode. Both when using the sliding roof function and when driving wîth the top completely open, the impact of the airstream is taken into account when regulating the air conditioning.

Intelligent connectivity: MINI Connected App including rain warning function

MINI John Cooper Works convertible features a high level of equipment, which is also standard across the MINI Convertible range. These features include MINI Visual Boost Radio wîth a 6.5-inch screen, MINI Connected, Bluetooth connectivity wîth ÚSB audio, Rear Parking Distance Control and a Reversing Camera.

Other optional enhancements include MINI Navigation XL which features an 8.8-inch version of the central display, the MINI Touch Controller wîth a touch-sensitive surface and optional Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system.

Another new feature incorporated into MINI Connected XL, developed especially for the MINI Convertible, is the 'rain warner' function. If the vehicle is parked wîth the roof open and the forecast is bad, the driver is sent a message via their smartphone suggesting that it might be time to close up. If the MINI Convertible is being driven and there is rain forecast ahead, the driver will be alerted on the centre console. Additionally, if the car is travelling over 30 mph, MINI Connected XL will suggest possible places to pull over and close the roof.

The BMW Group

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world's leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2014 was approximately € 8.71 billion on revenues amounting to € 80.40 billion. As of 31 December 2014, the BMW Group had a workforce of 116,324 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Source - MINI UK
The British Motor Corporation came into existence in 1952 by the merging of two manufacturers, Nuffield Motors and Austin. Nuffield was known for its Morris line of vehicles, while Austin had its 'Seven' model line. The transition for the two manufacturers was difficult and had been forced out of necessity. After World War II, many vehicle manufacturers could not stay in business due to destroyed factories, recovering economies, strained resources, and lack of funds. Combining the two companies was a means to stay in business.

A fuel shortage was occurring. German engineers quickly adapted and began producing fuel-efficient vehicles. Examples include the Volkswagen Beetle. Leonard Lord, Chairman of BMC and former head of Austin, commissioned Sir Alec Issigonis to design a vehicle to compete with the German-made vehicles.

Alec Issigonis was a graduate of Battersea Technical College. After graduation he worked as a draftsman for a plethora of engineering projects. Later, he joined Morris Motors where he was tasked with creating and fitting suspensions to the Morris vehicles.

Issigonis was outfitted with requirements to create a fuel-efficient, affordable, safe vehicle capable of carrying four individuals including luggage. To save on development costs, it was requested that an existing BMC engine be used. What he created was a vehicle that sat atop of 10 inch wheels. By using smaller wheels there was little need for wheel wells.

The car was expected to carry four individuals; the combined weight of the passengers being greater than the entire vehicle. A suspension was needed that could accept this pay-load. With his prior experience creating and working with suspensions, Issigonis designed a rubber cone suspension.

A 950 cc, four cylinder, BMC engine was selected. It was mounted in the front and expected to power the front wheels, a system that was revolutionary at the time. Instead of mounting the engine longitudinally, it was place transversely. The transmission was place under the engine due to space constraints.

When Issigonis presented his designs and recommendations to Lord in 1958, changes were requested. Instead of the 950 cc engine, a 34 horsepower, 848 cc engine would be used, making the vehicle slower but more importantly, more safe. The other request was to make the vehicle two inches wider.

There were two versions of the car when it was first introduced on August 26, 1959. The only difference between the 1959 Austin and Morris versions was their badges.

John Cooper had designed vehicles that successfully won the Formula One championships in 1959 and 1960.

He proposed a marriage between his 1000 cc Formula Junior engine with the Mini. Lord approved the idea and in 1961 the Mini Cooper was born. It was fitted with a 997 cc engine producing 55 horsepower. Later, the Cooper S came into being with the advent of the 970 cc and the 1275 cc engine - the latter capable of 76 horsepower.

From 1964 through 1967 the little car dominated the Monte Carlo Rally. The car easily achieved these victories using a 91 horsepower engine.

Minis became more than just a practical car, they became a fashion statement. This, combined with their practicality, fuel efficiency, and success on the race track, created an overwhelming demand for the little car.

In the 1980's, the Mini was starting to loose momentum. Rover tried to revitalize the Mini brand by creating special editions. In all, there were more than 40 different editions created between 1980 and 2000.

A merger with British Motor Corporation and another company produced the Britsh Leyland Company. Later, it became Rover Group. Currently, it is owned by BMW.

In 2001, BMW introduced the MINI. The MINI currently has three Cooper models. Their main differences being the size of the engine and the horsepower rating. A convertible has also been included to the line-up.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007

Three generations of driving fun: The MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S through the years.

For three generations and over 50 years, the Cooper name has identified a MINI offering even more in the way of driving fun. The idea, hatched by brilliant Formula One designer John Cooper, to fuel the agile small car wîth an extra hit of performance and turn it into a sporting machine for the road and track has lost none of its appeal. But the Cooper has never been about horsepower, as a comparison between the classic Mini and its two successors resoundingly proves. The key here is the basic principle of the creative use of space, combined wîth the inimitable go-kart feeling that runs like a thread through the three generations of the legendary small car. These famous handling traits are enjoyed by drivers on bendy country roads and city streets around the world, wîth the classic Mini and 21st-century MINI still regularly crossing each other's path.

The small British car positively craves twists and turns demanding quick and precise changes in direction; this is where it feels most at home. The classic Mini was tailor-made for tackling hairpins and corner-strewn roads, and it still looks the part today – aided by the healthy 46 kW/63 hp available in a Mini Cooper towards the end of its production run. The classic Cooper was built up to autumn 2000, by which time its successor was already twitching in the starting blocks. In contrast to the original Mini, the new model was available in Cooper guise from the outset. And wîth 85 kW/115 hp under the bonnet, it would do its nameplate proud. From the word go, the car's powerplant and chassis formed a harmonious alliance to deliver unbeatable driving fun. As John Cooper realised, sometimes you actually can't have too much of a good thing. 50 years ago he unveiled the 70 hp Mini Cooper S. And today, its youngest descendant places 135 kW/184 hp at the disposal of its driver. As if that wasn't enough, the turbocharged engine powering the latest MINI Cooper S also sets the benchmark for efficiency in its output class.

When Alec Issigonis set out to develop a new small car for the British Motor Corporation in the mid-1950s, his priorities were space and price. Indeed, at a touch over three metres in length, the classic Mini offered astonishingly generous accommodation for passengers and their gear alike. Issigonis settled on a front transverse installation for the four-cylinder engine, under which lay the gearbox, plumb between the wheels. The positioning of those wheels at the far corners of the car and the Mini's short overhangs did the rest. The Mini was small on the outside but roomy on the inside, not to mention – at around 600 kilograms – extremely light. The principles underpinning its design remain the template for small and compact cars in the modern era.

However, it was left to another key figure in the brand's history to uncover the vast well of sporting talent under that diminutive shell. John Cooper, a friend and business partner of Mini creator Issigonis and winner of two Formula One constructors' world titles, was quick to spot the car's dynamic potential, and in 1961 the first Mini Cooper hit the roads. Production of the Cooper was temporarily suspended in the 1970s, but by that time the Mini Cooper badge had long since become the signature of a sporty and agile small car.

As well as the intervention of John Cooper, the launch of this famous sporting career also relied on the brilliance of the classic Mini's chassis. Issigonis had broken new ground wîth the §teering and suspension of his new creation, and in so doing laid the foundations for the go-kart feeling appreciated by drivers to this day. Homokinetic joints reduced torque steer, a subframe (to which the rear wheels were fixed) improved directional stability, and rubber springs and small telescopic dampers ensured accurate responses and progressive spring action. The wealth of ideas packed into this small car still impresses. And the result of those ideas – the classic Mini's much-celebrated handling – explains why the car continues to enjoy such a loyal community of fans. When the successor to the original car came along in 2001, it was clear that highly advanced chassis technology would be needed in order to set the pace in driving fun all over again. The MINI Cooper rose to the challenge in some style, thanks to MacPherson spring struts at the front axle, axle shafts equal in length, a multi-link rear axle unique in the small car §egmènt, disc brakes on all four wheels, and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

The latest-generation MINI Cooper S also features Electric Power Steering wîth Servotronic function and a DSC system including DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) and an electronic locking function for the front axle differential. Known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), this system gives the MINI a crucial edge through the tight bends of Alpine passes, for example, by braking a spinning wheel as required to enhance drive out of corners as well as the car's §teering properties. Added to which, pressing the standard Sport Button in the MINI Cooper S makes the §teering even more direct and stirs up a particularly sporty soundtrack from the engine. All of this was unimaginable 50 years ago, of course, but you get the impression John Cooper would have wholeheartedly approved.

Source - BMW
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