Mini has revealed the performance-oriented John Cooper Works version of its redesigned convertible, and announced pricing for the rest of the convertible lineup.
The base Mini Cooper convertible will run $26,800, the Cooper S will cost $30,450, and the John Cooper Works model will be priced at $36,450. The starting price is $250 above the outgoing model.
The new Mini John Cooper Works convertible is the most powerful convertible the brand has ever built, thanks to a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Mini says the JCW model will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds with the six-speed automatic transmission and 6.1 seconds with the six-speed manual (which features a rev matching function).
In addition to the engine, the JCW gets a sports exhaust system, unique suspension tuning, and aerodynamic improvements.
All Mini convertibles will come with a power soft top with a glass rear window.
The Mini Cooper convertible goes on sale in March, with the JCW model arriving in April. A configurator is now available on Miniusa.com for those looking to build or pre-order their cars.
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Mini has also released information on the convertible's standard and optional equipment. Standard features will include an “Always Open Timer,” which allows owners to calculate the number of hours they’ve driven with the top down. A drive mode selector with three modes (Green, Mid, and Sport), will come on all models. The Mini Connected infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen will also be standard. It will feature a 6.5-inch touchscreen, access to apps on owners' smartphones, voice recognition, and Bluetooth connectivity.
2016 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works convertible
Other standard features will include an integrated rollover protection system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift lever, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, keyless ignition, 12-color ambient interior lighting, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, automatic headlights, and Carbon Black leatherette upholstery.
Eleven exterior colors will be offered, as will several premium seating options, including the new Malt Brown leather with diamond-stitching.
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Optional features will include a convertible top with the Union Jack design, as well as Fiber Alloy (with aluminum), Off-White, and Dark Cottonwood matte-finish interior trim.
A full lineup of option packages will be available. The Premium Package will include keyless access and starting, a 410-watt harman/kardon sound system, heated front seats, satellite radio with a one-year subscription, a folding wind deflector, auto-dimming rearview and driver's side mirrors, and power-folding exterior mirrors.
A Sport Package for the Cooper will come with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED taillights, sport seats with leatherette upholstery, and adjustable dampers. The Sport Package for the Cooper S will get the same features, plus 17-inch alloy wheels and LED fog lights.
An available Technology Package will get an 8.8-inch touchscreen, navigation with real-time traffic information, Mini Connected XL with support for the Journey Mate companion app, a rain warning app, a rearview camera, and rear parking assist. The Journey Mate app allows you to plan your route, reports the weather, points out gas stations when needed, and provides parking recommendations.
The latest Mini range, including a new Clubman All4, is on show this week at the 2016 New York Auto Show. For more from the show, head to our dedicated hub.