Mini Cooper JCW gets meaner, cleaner for 2019

Christmas has come early for Mini fans – for those in Europe, at least. The classics British carmaker has tweaked its range-topping John Cooper Works for 2019 to make it not only quicker and better looking, but with the addition of a particulate filter integrated into the sports exhaust system to meet European emissions, cleaner, too.

Better efficiency doesn’t necessarily equate to less power, though. Even with a healthy 40.9 miles per gallon with a manual, and as much as 46.3 mpg with the automatic, this Mini maintains its “distinctively sporty sound” and characteristics, the company says.

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The European JCW still produces 228 bhp and 236 pound-feet of torque courtesy of a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine. Buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, and no matter which gearbox you go with, the JCW hardtop is good for a 60 mile-per-hour sprint in 6.3 seconds. The soft top adds 0.3 seconds to that time.

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Most of the major updates are under the bonnet, but there is one thing that has changed on the exterior. Buyers can also now choose from high-gloss headlights and a Mini logo puddle lamp. Otherwise, most of the same styling carries over, apart from some minor changes to the fascia and wheel options.

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Inside, amenities like a wireless charging pad and updates to the infotainment system make this Mini JCW a bit more tech-friendly. There’s also an option for piano black trim pieces with LED back-lit accents, and new JCW bucket sport seats.

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Orders for the new Mini JCW begin the 18th of January 2019 – but there’s no word on pricing yet. Cars should start showing up at UK dealers by March.


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