Can you combine the Cooper S with the John Cooper Works?
This could be a mismatch of bits. Mini has taken a three-door Cooper S and then stuck on a JCW pro tuning kit, a noisier exhaust and a lot of aerodynamic elements. Can that all come together somehow?
On thing that hasn’t changed is the Cooper S chassis and suspension, which remains as standard. Given how well this works as a daily driver that’s probably sensible. However, power has changed, going up 18bhp to 210bhp compared to the Cooper S. And you can certainly hear it.
You can open and shut exhaust valves on the go. Shut it sounds like a normal Cooper S. But open them up and somehow you’ve got a lairy soundtrack more reminiscent of a Jaguar F-Type. However, that’s a soundtrack that’s reserved for the racetrack. Yet even the standard exhaust setting has the car popping and banging like a racer, even when you’re driving fairly gently. That’s quite cool.
Mini Cooper S Works 210
Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol
Transmission: Six-speed manua
0-62mph: 6.4sec (est)
Top speed: tbc
Fuel economy: tbc
CO2 emissions: tbc
All that noise is accompanied by an engine that is probably now at about the perfect place in terms of power and refinement. There isn’t enough power to swamp the front wheels, but there’s quite enough to propel you forward with some alacrity. This really is the sweet spot for this engine.
Handling is in the same place. This version gets variable dampers and the chassis and they work superbly well to let you slingshot out of corners and squirrel through the next set of turns. It actually seemed to handle and, noticeably, steer better in Normal rather than Sport mode, so leave it there and enjoy the ride.
The cabin isn’t that sporty or different, but it does mean you can have a fairly normal cabin for sensible money but, if you wanted to and had the budget, you could spec it up to your heart’s content.
Speaking of budget, the cost of £21,690 seems like good value, giving you an excellent mix of performance, handling, class and comfort, in a hot-hatch package that really looks the part.