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(from Mini Press
Release) A unique racing experience with 208 hp now also
in the new generation of the open four-seater MINI Ė World debut at
the International Geneva Motor Show Ė Extension of the wide range of
John Cooper Works accessories for the MINI and the MINI Clubman.
The new MINI Convertible simply begs the enthusiast to drive with
the roof down Ė and now comes with particularly sporting and dynamic
features all round. Just a few weeks after the world debut of the
open four-seater, the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is being
presented to the public for the first time at the International
Motor Show in Geneva (5Ė15 March 2009).
This open-air version of MINIís top performer combines the drive
technology of a racing car with the beautiful aesthetic looks of the
MINI Convertible, providing a unique driving experience
characterized, first, by genuine passion for motorsport and, second,
by the undiluted pleasure of enjoying the wonderful sun shining in
and the pure wind rushing by.
Stormy enthusiasm is evoked in the MINI John Cooper Works
Convertible by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder power unit complete with a
twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection. Maximum output
is 208 hp all the way from 1,850Ė5,600 rpm, with peak torque of 192
lb-ft increasing briefly in the Overboost mode to 207 lb-ft.
The power unit is based on the engine featured in the MINI John
Cooper Works CHALLENGE and raced for the first time in the 2008 MINI
CHALLENGE. Accelerating zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, the
outstanding performance and sporting character of the MINI John
Cooper Works Convertible makes this new model an exceptional
contender in the MINI Convertible segment.
The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is the third model introduced
by John Cooper Works integrated under the overall roof of the MINI
brand. Like the MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop and the MINI John
Cooper Works Clubman launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March
2008, this open-air top-flight performer represents the close
connection between the two brands based on a decade-old tradition in
motorsport and exerting a significant influence on the development
of new models and components.
As with all other MINIs, the John Cooper Works models are built to
the customerís specifications at the MINI Plant in Oxford and sold
worldwide through the MINI dealer network, representing the common
values of driving pleasure, premium quality and individual style of
the highest caliber, for which MINI is known.
The three outstanding performers proudly bearing the John Cooper
Works label offer all the high standards of the BMW Group in terms
of reliability, quality of finish and authenticity in design. And
obviously these quality features also apply to the John Cooper Works
performance components, which are geared perfectly to the MINI.
Parallel to the launch of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible,
new accessories are now being presented by John Cooper Works,
available for both the MINI and the MINI Clubman. The wide range of
motorsport-inspired, retrofittable options already available is
being expanded to include exclusive instruments offering the driver
even more detailed information on the condition of the car and/or
current driving conditions. So depending on his preferences, the
driver may focus in particular on coolant temperature, the relative
torque developed by the engine, and/or the carís lateral
acceleration in a bend or on a winding road.
The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible will go on sale in the U.S.
starting in April 2009, at a retail price of $34,950, which includes
the $650 D&H).
The MINI John Cooper Works
Convertible: more sport, more fresh air.
The MINI John Cooper
Works Convertible owes its outstandingly sporting character to the
power machine within the engine compartment. Like the engine,
numerous other components on the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible
are derived directly from motorsport Ė for example the extra-light,
exclusive light-alloy wheels, the extremely powerful brakes, a new
exhaust system and the modified six-speed manual gearbox - all
developed in close connection with the new racing car entered in the
MINI CHALLENGE. So it is fair to say that driving pleasure in the
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is influenced directly by
significant contributions from motorsport.
Even in its basic design and configuration, the 1,598-cc
four-cylinder based on the power unit featured in the MINI Cooper S
Convertible boasts significant technical features carried over from
racing. The cylinder block and bearing case, for example, are made
of aluminum, the four valves per cylinder are driven by two overhead
camshafts, roller-type drag arms are optimized for minimum friction
and hydraulic valve play compensation elements. The exhaust valves,
in turn, are filled with sodium to meet the greater cooling
requirements of a turbocharged power unit.
The increase in power over the engine featured in the MINI Cooper S
Convertible is a result of the optimized supply and extraction of
air, as well as the modified turbocharger. At the same time, all
intake and exhaust components have been streamlined for optimum flow
conditions, contributing to the special sound of the engine.
Know-how gained from motorsport and detailed modifications for more
power and performance.
The flow of air through the pure air line leading to the
turbocharger has also been increased and streamlined, with the
twin-scroll turbocharger ensuring a particularly spontaneous
build-up of power at all times.
The ducts of two cylinders at a time are separated from one another
in the exhaust gas manifold and the turbocharger, ensuring that the
turbine blades start to move in exactly the right way from low
engine speeds. A turbine made of a particularly sophisticated
material was developed especially for the engine of the John Cooper
Works models, with maximum charge pressure increased from 0.9 to 1.3
This serves to provide maximum torque of 192 lb-ft all the way from
1,850 to 5,600 rpm. And when accelerating, torque is briefly raised
to an even higher level of 207 lb-ft by increasing charge pressure
between 2,000 and 5,300 rpm. This Overboost function gives the MINI
John Cooper Works Convertible even more muscle and faster
Maximum output of 208 hp comes at 6,000 rpm, the spontaneous and
direct response of the engine again providing even faster
acceleration: The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible accelerates
from a standstill to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds and has a top speed of
The turbocharged four-cylinder comes with direct gasoline injection
based on the common-rail principle, with injection valves positioned
on the side of the cylinder head delivering fuel into the combustion
chambers in an exact dose and under 120 bar pressure directly from
the fuel reservoir. This ensures precisely the right supply of fuel
geared to driving and load requirements under all conditions.
Fuel consumption in the US EPA test cycle is unusually low for a car
with this kind of power and performance, with preliminary mpg
ratings of 26/34/29, (city/highway/combined).
Transmission, suspension, and brakes: developed for the race track,
optimized for everyday traffic.
The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible comes with front-wheel drive
in typical MINI style. Power is transmitted by a six-speed manual
gearbox specially engineered to take up the particularly high torque
of the new top-of-the-range engine.
In addition to the sophisticated suspension with McPherson spring
struts at the front and the centrally guided rear axle, quite unique
in the small car segment, Electrical Power Steering (EPS) is a
further guarantee for safe and extremely precise handling. The
electrical servo motor likewise contributes to the carís efficiency
by intervening actively only when power assistance is actually
required or is desired by the driver.
EPS enables the driver to program various set-ups, with the basic
set-up ensuring a good balance of steering assistance as a function
of road speed. Pressing the Sports Button on the center console next
to the gearshift lever in the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible,
activates a significantly more dynamic set-up with higher steering
forces and enhanced steering precision. At the same time, the Sports
Button also changes over the gas pedal control map to a more
sporting and dynamic configuration.
Featured as standard, the sports braking system guarantees short
stopping distances and excels through its precise response and fine
dosage. The fixed-caliper disc brakes with their aluminum calipers
finished in red Ė with inner-venting at the front and proudly
bearing the John Cooper Works logo on the calipers themselves Ė are
extra-large for superior power.
The 17-inch light-alloy wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke
CHALLENGE design, exclusive to the John Cooper Works models, were
inspired by motorsport with the particularly great demands made on
the race track. Weighing less than 22 lb, these wheels are
exceptionally light and come on high-speed 205/45 W 17 runflat
Featured as standard and unique on
a front-wheel-drive car: DSC including DTC.
Over and above its
sport-tuned suspension and powerful brakes, the MINI John Cooper
Works Convertible also comes with demanding driving stability
systems. Standard features include ABS anti-lock-brakes, Electronic
Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Hill Assist, Dynamic
Traction Control (DTC) and a Brake Assist.
Acting as a sub-function of DSC, DTC enables the driver at the touch
of a button to raise the driving stability response thresholds,
intentionally allowing controlled slip on the drive wheels. This
enables the driver in the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible to set
off in a controlled process on, say, snowbound surfaces or loose
sand with the front wheels slightly spinning, or to drive more
closely to the limits of physics in particularly dynamic situations.
Then, when reaching the absolute limit, DSC will cut in again also
in the DTC mode. If he wishes, however, the driver is able to
completely deactivate the DSC function.
The DSC-off mode also activates the Electronic Differential Lock
Control (EDLC) on the drive axle. Again featured as standard, this
sophisticated system supports a sporting and ambitious style of
motoring, for example when accelerating out of bends and hairpins.
The electronically controlled locking function prevents a drive
wheel from spinning in tight bends by applying the brakes
appropriately, enhancing the carís traction without exerting a
negative influence on steering behavior. Accordingly, the entire
process of taking a bend is smoother, more harmonious and faster all
Design: uncompromisingly open,
The MINI John Cooper
Works Convertible combines the outstanding potential of its
drivetrain and suspension technology with all the unmistakable
features of the new MINI Convertible, with the design of the car
clearly highlighting the exceptionally sporting character of the new
With the rollbar being almost completely out of sight, the stretched
side view of the car, its silhouette inspired by the classic
roadster, comes out very clearly with the roof down. The steep
windscreen, in turn, not only underlines the character of an
uncompromisingly open car in its looks, but also offers the driver
and front passenger the enjoyment of almost sitting in the open air
whenever the roof is down.
Through its proportions, short overhangs front and rear, large wheel
cut-outs, the height of the waistline and numerous design features
typical of the brand, the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible clearly
boasts its outstanding role as a fully-fledged member of the family.
The entire front end is the same as on the other MINI John Cooper
Works siblings, with the rear subdivided by horizontal lines running
parallel to one another. This creates the softly flowing stage
contours so typical of the brand, emphasizing the sheer width of the
Opening downward, the tailgate of the new MINI John Cooper Works
Convertible rests on hinges fitted inside the car. The result is a
smooth and homogeneous surface again enhancing the powerful and
muscular look of the rear section.
Soft roof with a sliding roof
function also operates while driving.
The soft roof of the
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible combines an unmistakable look
with unique functionality. With the roof closed the car boasts those
special proportions so typical of the MINI, the low roofline
additionally accentuating the sporting flair of the Convertible. The
high-quality, particularly wind-proof and extremely hard-wearing
textile material rests firmly on the steel and aluminum roof bars,
keeping any change in shape caused by the wind at high speeds to an
The soft roof opens and closes completely by electrohydraulic power
within 15 seconds in each case. The opening and closing mechanism is
activated by a toggle switch on the front roof frame in typical MINI
design. And to enable the driver and passengers to enjoy the thrill
of driving in the open air spontaneously whenever they wish or to
respond quickly to sudden rainfall, the roof may be opened and
closed at speeds of up to 18 mph while driving. Last but not least,
there is also the option to open the soft top by means of remote
control via the ignition key before even setting out.
The unique sliding roof function of the soft top is activated in an
all-electric process, the front section of the soft top moving back
by up 16", again by means of the switch on the front roof frame.
This appropriately dosed fresh air experience is available at all
times while driving at a speed of up to 75 mph.
Larger side windows and
retractable rollbar for optimum all-round visibility.
visibility with the roof closed is ensured, first, by the large rear
side windows and, second, by the newly engineered Active Rollover
Protection Bar. Moving up whenever required, this single-piece
rollbar extends along the rear seats slightly below the headrests
and therefore does not in any way obscure the vision of the driver
Over and above the extremely stiff passenger cell, high-load bearing
structures and precisely defined deformation zones, the MINI John
Cooper Works Convertible comes as standard with frontal airbags and
head/thorax airbags at the side integrated in the outer flanks of
the front-seat backrests and protecting the occupantís head, upper
body and hips from injury in a side-on collision.
All four seats come with three-point inertia-reel seat belts, with
belt force limiters and optimized belt latch tensioners at the
All restraint systems are masterminded by the carís central safety
electronics including individual sensors and are activated as a
function of the type and intensity of a collision.
The safety system in the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible also
comprises a rollover sensor, which immediately activates the newly
developed rollbar, as well as the belt latch tensioners on the front
seats and the head/thorax airbags in the event of a rollover.
Together with the windscreen frame specifically reinforced for the
needs of open-air motoring, the new one-piece rollbar rises whenever
required electromechanically within 150 milli¨seconds -- ensuring
maximum occupant safety as part of the carís passenger cell.
The interior: variable in use,
sporting and elegant in design.
The interior of the MINI
John Cooper Works Convertible combines the sporting and
straightforward elegance typical of the carís ambience with a
standard of functionality quite unique in this segment. A
three-spoke sports steering wheel in leather forms the interface
between the driver and his sports machine, the anthracite-colored
roof lining and the interior surfaces in glossy Piano Black enable
the driver to focus calmly and consistently on driving conditions in
exactly the right atmosphere. Yet a further feature in the cockpit
of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, finally, is the
speedometer extending all the way 160 mph.
Designed as a single-piece element, the rollover protection bar
further serves to integrate a large loading facility between the
luggage and the passenger compartment, giving the new MINI
Convertible additional variability.
Clearly, this gives the
MINI John Cooper Works Convertible even greater variability, with
the rear-seat backrest split down in the middle folding forward as
required either in a 50:50 split or completely from one side to
another, offering no less than 23.3 cubic feet of storage space with
the roof closed.
Furthermore, the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible comes with an
Easy-Load system. In this case the tailgate swivels down and may be
used as a shelf carrying a weight of up to 176 lb. As an additional
feature the rear roof frame swivels up by approximately 35į,
creating a truly generous opening leading into the luggage
The influence of the wind rushing by with the roof open may also be
adjusted individually to the driverís and passengersí requirements.
Available as an option, the wind deflector significantly reduces air
turbulence within the interior, fitting into position behind the
rear seats and folding up easily and conveniently.
Customization all the way:
high-tech audio and navigation systems,
complete integration of the Apple iPhone.
Over and above the
features mentioned, MINI offers an almost unlimited range of
customization options for the high-performance Convertible. This
means all exterior colors, interior design features, seat upholstery
options, interior colors and trim variants, as well as the comfort
features and other items of special equipment available on the other
The MINI John Cooper Works Convertible is likewise available with
the full range of high-tech entertainment and navigation systems
offered by MINI, with the controls for the audio system Ė featuring
a CD player as standard Ė and the 6Ĺ-inch TFT color display of the
optional navigation system housed within the circular instrument in
Using the AUX port also featured as standard, the user may for
example play music recorded on an MP3 player on the carís audio
system. Another special feature is the interface for full
integration of an Apple iPod, while a mobile phone preparation kit
and, respectively, integrated hands-free operation complete with a
Bluetooth interface and USB port available as an option ensure
optimum and safe communication on the road. And last but not least,
there is also a special Apple iPhone interface for integrating the
audio and telephone functions.
Performance premium-style: John
Cooper Works accessories.
practical value and the sporting flair of the car may be enhanced to
an even higher level with the wide range of MINI John Cooper Works
accessories. The highlights in the range include an Aerodynamics
Package and the Sports Suspension with springs painted red and
cross-drilled brake discs. Further features are a dome bar extending
across the engine compartment, mirror caps in carbon, and side
scuttles around the side direction indicators with a special,
sporting grid structure.
Trim bars, the handbrake lever and the sports gearshift lever in
carbon also serve to give the interior an even more sporting
ambience. And last but not least, the Gearshift Indicator also
offered as a John Cooper Works accessory helps to enhance the
driving experience to an even higher level.
New on the MINI and MINI Clubman:
additional John Cooper Works instruments.
The John Cooper Works
performance components give even greater emphasis to the sporting
character of every MINI highlighted also through the carís looks.
The new, additional John Cooper Works instruments, now available on
both the MINI and MINI Clubman are a particularly attractive
addition to the range.
This option allows full integration of up to two circular
instruments in the immediate vicinity of the rev counter, with the
additional instruments finished in the style of a sports car cockpit
coming in special MINI design and blending perfectly with the
interior of the car. With their anthracite-colored faces, they add
further appeal to the sporting character of the cockpit.
Here the discerning customer has the choice of three different
analogue instruments, up to two of which may be integrated to the
right and left of the rev counter, directly in the driverís field of
vision. The coolant temperature gauge, for example, gives the driver
clear information on the engineís current running conditions,
enabling him to monitor the process of warming up the engine and
gauge his style of motoring precisely to current conditions.
The relative torque indicator permanently informs the driver on the
engineís load condition, showing current torque on the crankshaft
relative to the maximum torque available. Proceeding from this
information, the driver will find it much easier to choose the ideal
gear for dynamic acceleration at all times.
On the MINI Cooper S, the MINI John Cooper Works, the MINI Cooper S
Clubman and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman the driver is
additionally informed on the current operation of the Overboost
All MINIs may also be fitted with a lateral acceleration indicator
providing information on centrifugal forces in a bend and on winding
The additional John Cooper Works instruments are an ideal
opportunity to further highlight the sporting character of the MINI
and the MINI Clubman, raising driving pleasure to an even higher
level. In their design and quality, the additional instruments meet
all the high standards of the BMW Group. They are sold and fitted by
MINI dealers within the MINI network worldwide.
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