2013 MINI John Cooper Works lineup

2013 MINI John Cooper Works lineup

A brand new generation of the MINI Cooper is just around the corner but the performance flagships of the current range, the potent John Cooper Works models, will have to soldier on for a few more years until they're replaced.

To keep them up-to-date MINI is introducing a new engine across its JCW lineup; one that promises to deliver the scintillating performance the brand is recognized for but with greater efficiency.

JCW models equipped with the new engine will be available for sale from July.

The new engine is similar to outgoing unit and still features a basic 1.6-liter four-cylinder design that is aided by a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection. A new addition is variable valve control, which promises improved drivability but with lower emissions.

The new engine links up as standard with a six-speed manual, however, all of the JCW models, from the entry-level JCW Hardtop to the new-for-2013 JCW Countryman, can now be ordered with an optional six-speed automatic. The automatic also allows the driver to change gears manually using either the selector lever or the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Peak output remains at 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, though an overboost function allows peak torque to be raised to 207 pound-feet for a short time. Note, a limited-edition JCW GP model is also new for 2013 and will offer even more power, though MINI is remaining tight-lipped on just how much.

In addition to a punchy turbo engine, all JCW models come with a performance-tuned chassis, unmistakable looks and special features that accentuate the race car feel both inside and out. Standard specification include a Sport Button (which allows the driver to tweak the car’s accelerator responses and steering characteristics), powerful brakes, electronic stability and traction control, an electronic differential lock and 17-inch light alloy wheels.

Hit the next page to see the performance specifications for the latest 2013 MINI John Cooper Works lineup.

2013 MINI John Cooper Works lineup

2013 MINI John Cooper Works lineup

The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop will race from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds (automatic: 6.4 sec) on the way to a top speed of 148 mph (automatic: 147 mph).

The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman also blends imposing acceleration: 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds (automatic: 6.7 sec) and a top speed of 148 mph (automatic: 147 mph).

The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible sprints from rest to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds (automatic: 6.8 sec) and reaches a top speed of 146 mph (automatic: 145 mph).

A 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds (automatic: 6.3 sec) makes the 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe the fasting-accelerating model, and it also boasts a top speed of 149 mph (automatic: 148 mph).

The 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Roadster is not far behind and reaches 60 mph from rest in 6.3 seconds (automatic: 6.5 sec) and continues on to a top speed of 147 mph (automatic: 146 mph).

Finally, the new addition to the line, the 2013 the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, dashes from 0-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds--regardless of whether the power flows through the standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional six-speed automatic, and the top speed is 127 mph.