While there’s still a significant premium over the $45,400 mid-range Cooper S Convertible, the JCW gains a more powerful engine and additional features.
Standard items for JCW Convertible include JCW sports seats, sportier suspension, 18-inch light alloy wheels, navigation, head-up display, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is the same engine as the one installed in the Mini JCW three-door hatch, and boasts 170kW of power and 320Nm of torque, increases of 15kW and 60Nm on the previous JCW Convertible.
A six-speed manual gearbox is available this time, for no extra charge, over the standard six-speed paddle-shift auto. That contrasts with the extra $2550 asked for a JCW hatch with a manual transmission.
A 0-100km/h acceleration time of 6.5 seconds is quoted for the automatic Mini JCW Convertible and 6.6 seconds for the manual. That makes the JCW six-tenths quicker than the Cooper S Convertible to 100km/h.
For sportier handling, the JCW variant also gains stiffer suspension with a variable shock absorber system.
As with other Convertible models, the JCW’s fabric roof takes 18 seconds to lower and the fully electric operation can be done at up to 30km/h. A sliding roof function is also included.