The 211hp (157kW) 1.6L turbocharged engine used by the JCW Cabrio is the same unit used in the Mini Challenge race car

The 211hp (157kW) 1.6L turbocharged engine used by the JCW Cabrio is the same unit used in the Mini Challenge race car

The Geneva Motor Show is still about a month away, but already information for the Mini Cooper Cabrio John Cooper Works (JCW) has been released. Based around the same framework as the new Mark II Mini Cooper Cabrio, the JCW variant adds a healthy serving of style and speed.

At 211hp (157kW) the JCW Cabrio is on par with the other JCW models and almost 40hp (30kW) up on the Mini Cooper S, which is rated at 172hp (128kW). The power comes courtesy of a twin-scroll turbocharger and a 1.6L four-cylinder engine. Torque maxes out at 192lb-ft (260Nm) and is available from 1,850rpm to 5,500rpm, although an additional 15lb-ft (20Nm) is available thanks to an overboost function. Top speed checks in at 146mph and the 0-62mph sprint takes 6.9 seconds.

This powerplant is a significantly revised version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged unit found in the Mini Cooper S, and the same as that in the Mini Challenge race car. The engine is lighter, stronger and is supplied with a larger air intake and an exhaust system specifically designed for JCW cars. The six-speed manual gearbox has also been reinforced.

A Sport button is located in front of the gear stick. When pressed it activates a modified engine control map producing boost earlier in the rev range and sharpening steering and throttle response.

The interior of the 2010 Mini Cabrio JCW

The interior of the 2010 Mini Cabrio JCW

Like its hardtop sibling the JCW Cabrio features an aggressively styled front end, three-spoke leather sports steering wheel, anthracite roof color, and piano-black interior elements. JCW badging and special pedals are also part of the standard JCW package.

Special 17in alloy wheels and a tuned suspension help improve on the already stellar Mini handling, while the computer gets a work-over with more performance-oriented cornering brake control and stability control for faster laps and more fun on the street. Extra-large disc brakes paired with upgraded bright red Brembo performance calipers are also supplied.