How long has it been since MINI first unveiled the John Cooper Works Coupe? Yeah, it was only a few days ago, but that hasn’t stopped the German automaker from making a race-spec version of their latest pride and joy to compete at the "SP 3T" class of the 2011 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
So, ladies and gentlemen, we’re presenting the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance Racer. Take a good look at it in all its shiny and sparkling glory because there’s a good chance that it’s going to be a little worse for wear after it attempts to run for 24 hours straight together with some of the fastest racers on the planet.
Apparently, MINI has taken itself to task in entering the 24-Hour race at Nurburgring in an attempt to take the next step in auto racing after years of plying its craft in the MINI Challenge sprint race. You might also recall that MINI is also entering the World Rally Championship this year with their sand and dust challenger, the Countryman WRC .
Something tells us that this won’t be the last time we’ll see MINI enter a completely new racing event that’s different from what they’re used to, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves. For now, we’re here to talk about their Nurburgring steed, the JCW Coupe Endurance.
More details on the MINI John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance after the jump.
It was first thought that the Mini Coupe and Roadster models would enter production in 2010, but alas, they are not here and they won’t be in showrooms until 2011 and 2012.
“The Coupe will arrive six months after the Countryman, and the Roadster 12 months after the Countryman,” MINI Vice President Jim McDowell revealed to members of the Motor Press Guild. The Countryman is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in February 2011, so the Coupe will be in MINI showrooms sometime in late summer with the Roadster arriving in early 2012.
Though we now know a launch year, details on the two cars remain hard to come by. The show car version of the Coupe was equipped with the same 211 horsepower engine that is in the JCW MINI, but we have no idea if that will be the engine on offer with the Coupe when it comes time for production.
The Roadster was fitted with the motor from the Cooper S, but like the Coupe, details on other possible motors remain scarce.
It doesn’t really matter what they put in the Coupe and Roaster models, they are bound to be fun.
Maybe the most highly anticipated Mini models are the next Coupe and Roadster , both previewed by a concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. These models will be showcasing not only a sportier look, but they will also result in a sportier driving experience than any similar MINI product before them. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long for either one of them because they will both be unveiled in 2011; first the roadster in the late spring and the coupe a few months later.
Both models will get a redesigned front and rear fascia and unique hood designs. The models will also feature exclusive trim and color options. The Coupe Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged power unit carried over from the MINI John Cooper Works. The engine delivers 211 hp and a peak torque of 192 lb-ft. The Roadster concept is powered by a 1.6 Liter twin scroll turbocharged engine, the same power plant that is used in the MINI Cooper S. Boasting go-fast-goodies, like direct gasoline injection, the boosted mill generates a maximum output of 175 HP and peak torque of 177 lb-ft.
We’ll bring more details on the MINI Coupe and Roadster as soon as we receive them.
After Mini unveiled the Coupe and Roadster concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, they announced both would be followed by a production version shortly. Today we can bring you the first illustrations, patent-office drawings actually, of the production version models.
The Coupe Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged power unit carried over from the MINI John Cooper Works. The engine delivers 211 hp and a peak torque of 192 lb-ft. The Roadster concept is powered by a 1.6 Liter twin scroll turbocharged engine, the same power plant that is used in the MINI Cooper S. Boasting go-fast-goodies, like direct gasoline injection, the boosted mill generates a maximum output of 175 HP and peak torque of 177 lb-ft.
These models seem to follow closely to the forward momentum Mini is trying to gain to expand its market and boost sales. The use of the John Cooper Works engine further illustrates this point considering Mini has been using this model to appeal to the male portion of the population. Both models will be priced at just over $30,000, with sales to begin next summer.
MINI ’s two new birthday cars are closer to seeing the production line, according to MotoringFile.
The MINI Coupe and Roadster , which made their world debut at the
Frankfurt Motor Show as part of MINI’s 50th year anniversary, also made an appearance at the just-finished LA Auto Show and those in attendance dreaming of the day that the two cars would find its way to the assembly line may soon have their wishes granted.
MotoringFile is reporting that engineering for the Roadster and the Coupe has already begun and that the expected date of full production will be around October of next year.
If this in fact is true, then there should be a lot of whooping and hollering among MINI-holics the world over that have waited with baited breath for news that the Coupe Concept and the Roadster would be more than just two pretty birthday treats from MINI.
In order to celebrate its 50th anniversary Mini has revealed the Coupe Concept - a model that redefines the Mini’s design language. Set to become MINI’s new flagship coupe for the future, the concept will make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Coupe Concept will be powered by a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged power unit carried over from the MINI John Cooper Works. The engine delivers 211 hp and a peak torque of 192 lb-ft.
With a total length of 3,714 millimeters and a width of 1,683 millimeters, the concept comes with a refreshed look with the windshield laid back giving the car a less-boxy appearance. In addition to that, the honeycomb grille – another MINI staple – has been replaced by three three horizontal slits painted in the same decaled color-way as the rest of the car. You’ll also notice that the racing stripes do not run the entire length of the car in the same color.