The 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger and gasoline direct injection delivers 155 kW/211 bhp (207 hp US) and develops its maximum torque of 260 Nm (192 lb-ft US) between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm – by means of overboost the torque can actually be increased to 280 Nm. (207 lb-ft US).
The unit is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Performance figures are a 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.5 seconds (6.8 for the Clubman) and a top speed of 238 km/h.
The standard driving stability systems include ABS, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), CBC (Cornering Brake Control)
and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) with hill-start assistance and
DTC (Dynamic Traction Control).
The suspensions make use of McPherson struts at the front axle and the central control arm at the rear. The exclusive 17-inch light alloy wheels – weighing less than 10 kg – are coupled with high-speed in 205/45 W 17 runflat tires. Both models are equipped with a tire damage display function.
Inside, exclusive features include the three-spoke steering wheel in leather, anthracite roof liner and the interior surfaces in a glossy Piano Black finish create
The cabin can be personalised with a wide range of individualisation options such as leather upholsteries, sports seats with fabric/leather covers, sports leather seats and Recaro sports seats from the John Cooper Works accessory program.
The MINI John Cooper Works will be available starting from August 2008 at a price of 27,700 Euros (29,500 for the Clubman). US Pricing are yet to be announced.
The power unit is based on the engine of the upcoming John Cooper Works Challenge racing version.
The cylinder block and bearing housing are made of aluminium, the four valves per cylinder are controlled by two upper camshafts, friction-optimised cam followers and hydraulic valve clearance compensation elements. The outlet valves are filled with sodium so as to meet the increased cooling needs of a turbo engine.
The camshafts of the 4-cylinder are composite. The
cam rings are made of high-strength steel and shrink-fitted to the actual shaft. The intake camshaft has a continuously variable phase adjustment function
by means of which the valve control times can be adapted to the relevant performance requirements.
The engines are fitted with reinforced and specifically ground pistons as well as a cylinder head with optimised rigidity and modified gasketing. The intake valves and valve
seat rings are also made of especially resilient material, and as compared to the engine of the MINI Cooper S there is a slight reduction of the compression.