Mini has announced the return of the John Cooper Works hatch and convertible models, with new specifications and special features.
Both hot hatch models were withdrawn from sale after not being able to comply with stricter WLTP rules on emissions and economy.
WLTP stands for World harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Protocol and was designed to bring tougher new standards on how much fuel cars use and the amount of pollutants pumped out from exhaust pipes.
The new standard came about after claims of widespread gaming of the existing system by manufacturers.
Mini was no exception to the others, and was not singled out, but these two models needed to be readjusted due to their powerful and sporty character.
So now, in the week ‘Special One’ Jose Mourhino gets the boot, the JCW special ones are back, to cheers from Mini fans.
Mini’s John Cooper Works (JCW) models have a long tradition of combining the best of Mini with significant hot hatch sporting credentials.
From March 2019 the JCW blend is back, with better performance, handling prowess and aerodynamic design.
All this plus better standard equipment and a powerplant that meets the strict new Euro 6d-TEMP emission standards.
Both models are fitted as standard with a four-cylinder 228bhp 2.0-litre twin turbo petrol engine, paired with a six speed manual gearbox. 8-speed Steptronic transmission is also available as an option.
Both will also come equipped with petrol particulate filters to reduce emissions further.
This will make mean all of Mini’s petrol models now feature particulate filters as part of their exhaust technology, reducing particulate matter emissions across the range.
The filter is integrated into the standard sports exhaust system, without, says Mini, spoiling the characteristic sporty soundtrack inside and outside the car.
The JCW hatch boasts an official fuel consumption that ranges from 40.9mpg to 45.6 mpg depending on transmission, and CO2 emissions from 158 - 157 g/km to 142 - 140 g/km , again depending on transmission and set-up.
The corresponding numbers for the convertible are 39.8mpg to 44.1mpg and 162-161 to 148-145 g/km.
With the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, the John Cooper Works hatch accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. The convertible accelerates from a standstill in 6.6 seconds.
Both cars come with distinct styling thanks to a number of upgrades over and above other models in the range.
Standard spec includes Sport suspension with 17-inch JCW alloys, sports braking system and JCW Aerodynamic Kit.
Both also feature Piano Black exterior and interior trim, Dinamica JCW Bucket Seats and 17” Track Spoke Alloys in black as part of the standard spec.
As with every other Mini hatch and convertible on sale in the UK, the JCW models also enjoy standard-fit front and rear LED lights, automatic headlights with rain sensors, Mini Excitement Pack including ambient interior lighting, exterior Mini Logo projection and more.
The Mini John Cooper Works hatch and Convertible are available to order at MINI retailers nationwide from 18th January 2019. There’s no official confirmation on pricing, nor interior shots, just yet.