In Brief

Mini John Cooper Works Convertible revealed

Drop-top version will debut at the New York Motor Show, featuring a host of design extras and more power

Mini has revealed its latest model, the Cooper S John Cooper Works Convertible, ahead of its public debut at the New York Motor Show in March.

Like its hardtop sibling, the vehicle gets an uprated 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 228bhp, 39bhp more than the standard Cooper S. There are also new 2.0-litre units and it can throw out 236lb ft of torque.

Mated to this is a raft of driver aids, an electronic-front differential and torque steer compensation provided by the power steering to stop the front wheels squirming around if the driver plants their foot.

Performance-wise, this means it does 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds with a manual gearbox, while the same sprint is one-tenth quicker when fitted with the optional six-speed automatic before maxing out at 150mph.

Being a convertible, strengthening beams are needed, making the car 231lbs heavier than the hardtop, which does 0-62mph in 0.3 seconds less. However, the weight hasn’t impeded economy gains. When fitted with a manual gearbox, it will return 43.5mpg - the automatic even better at 47.9mpg – a significant improvement over the previous generation model, notes Auto Express.

Being a John Cooper Works version, there's styling tweaks to differentiate it from the rest of the range. New sills give a sportier side profile and bigger front vents add a more eager, aggressive look. There are LED front and rear, plenty of JCW badging and a set of optional 18ins alloys house Brembo brakes with red callipers. The big options list also includes a woven Union flag motif on the roof.

Evo says the car will be on sale in the UK in April, with a starting price of £26,630, though buyers interested in an automatic gearbox will pay a £1,575 premium.

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