• Mini Original Accessories by John Cooper Works Are A Must Have

More options to choose from if you want to dress up your Mini

Mini’s extensive configuration catalog runs like a grocery list, that is, if you haven’t gone to the grocery in a year or two. Simply put, the options on Mini’s catalog runs long and deep. Apparently, though, the German automaker doesn’t think in those same sentiments because it’s added an extensive list of new options and accessories from its John Cooper Works customization line. There are a lot of new digs here, from new aero kits to interior designs, and suspension modifications. The highlight though is an engine tune for the Cooper S, one that nets the hatchback an increased output of 208 horsepower.

It’s admittedly not much considering that the standard hatchback already packs 189 horsepower by itself, but it is worth something, especially for owners who aren’t stoked by the thought of going the aftermarket tuning route. The good news is that Mini has them covered on this end because the new line of accessories are as comprehensive as they get.

The new JCW options and accessories are available for the entire Mini range with extra emphasis on the coupe and convertible versions of the Cooper S. Whatever the model is though, the new line of JCW upgrades has them covered.

So, if you want to dress up your Mini with cosmetic and performance modifications, there are more options to choose from now that Mini has loaded up on the extra accessories.

Continue after the jump to read more about Mini’s new line of original accessories by John Cooper Works.

What makes Mini’s new line of John Cooper Works options and accessories so special

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There are a lot of details to check out here so let’s get started on the cosmetic upgrades. The most prominent of the aesthetic upgrades are the wide range of new decals that are now available for the entire range of Mini Coopers. If you want racing numbers, you can get those. If you want racing stripes, they’re available too. Side stickers, side stripes, side scuttles, and carbon fiber exterior mirror caps are also available, and if you want some color on the roof – maybe a checkered flag pattern? – Mini’s JCW options and accessories can also make that happen.

On the aerodynamic side, the new options include an aerodynamic package that features Pro black band spoilers on the front and rear aprons of the car. This particular option is available for new Mini owners or those who already have one in their garages. The retrofit option is particularly interesting because the new accessories don’t leave existing Mini owners out in the dark. Carbon fiber is also an available option, specifically the air inlet covers and exhaust tips that are now finished from the lightweight premium material. Finishing off the list of exterior upgrades are sets of either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels that come in a number of different designs. The adventurous types can also take comfort knowing that Mini also has a Track Fix mount for GoPro cameras available.

The most prominent of the aesthetic upgrades are the wide range of new decals that are now available for the entire range of Mini Coopers.

Move to the cabin of these Coopers and you’ll find a treasure trove of new upgrades too, some of which are actually worth the price that you’re likely to pay for them. A leather sports steering wheel is available, as is a new sports gear shifter that can be dressed up in leather and chrome. If those aren’t to your liking, you can also opt for different textiles on the cabin, as well as LED for sill finishers and all-weather floor mats. There’s even an interior mirror cap available and, at least for those who really want the entire gamut of interior accessories, a door pin, key cap, key ring, and lanyard. These items are there for branding purposes so if they’re not to your liking, you can opt not to get them.

Onto the more mechanical upgrades contained in this new lineup of extra JCW options and accessories. The biggest upgrade here is the engine upgrade for the Mini Cooper S and its 2.0-liter inline-four engine. In standard form, the four-cylinder engine can produce an output of 192 horsepower, but thanks to the new JCW tuning kit, that number has been bumped up to 211 horsepower. It still doesn’t approach the 228-horsepower that Mini put into the special edition Cooper JCW Challenge that was introduced back in June 2016.

Still, the new output is more than enough to compare favorably against some of the Cooper S’s rivals in the segment. Check out the table below to see how the Cooper S stacks up against these models.

Model Power Torque 0 to 60 MPH Time Top Speed
Mini Cooper S with new JCW engine upgrade 211 horsepower 230 pound-feet of torque* 6.3 seconds* 150 mph* estimate
Ford Fiesta ST 197 horsepower 211 pound-feet of torque 6.8 seconds 130 mph
Fiat Abarth 500 160 horsepower 170 pound-feet of torque 6.9 seconds* 129 mph

Based on these numbers, the Cooper S with JCW’s new engine upgrade compares very favorably to its two closest rivals, the Ford Fiesta ST and the Fiat Abarth 500.

Here’s the thing though; the upgrades don’t just end there.

Mini’s new JCW line of options and accessories also includes a new flap exhaust system with “Sport” and “Track” settings. Either setting you choose will net you a different engine volume and it’s on you to dial it up or down depending on your preference. A valve exhaust silencer system is also available as a retrofit option.

Mini’s new JCW line of options and accessories also includes a new flap exhaust system with “Sport” and “Track” settings.

Last but certainly not least are the upgraded brakes that are available with red, four-piston fixed brake front calipers and are combined with perforated and grooved discs. Likewise, the rear axle’s new brakes system come with one-piston floating calipers.

For those who are interested in checking out the new lineup of JCW options and accessories, Mini will have all of them on display at the 2016 Essen Motor Show (Europe’s equivalent of SEMA) until December 4.

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Press Release

For 55 years, the name John Cooper has stood for motor racing expertise that makes for a tangible increase in temperament and supreme agility in MINI style. The latest model generation also benefits from the tradition-steeped association between the sports car designer and the British brand. At the 2016 Essen Motor Show, MINI presents the current selection of Original Accessories by John Cooper Works. With a range of individually tailored retrofit components in the areas of drive, suspension, aerodynamics, exterior and interior, hallmark brand driving fun can be intensified for extreme performance, always based on authentic, personal style.

Like the John Cooper Works models themselves, the Original Accessories by John Cooper Works – a brand integrated under the MINI umbrella – pave the way to intense race feeling. The international trade show for tuning and motor racing is therefore the perfect platform on which to present the current product range. Racing enthusiasts can find about the latest new products and the diversity of the John Cooper Works range in Hall 3 of the Essen exhibition centre from 26 November to 4 December 2016.

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Precise optimisations in the style of John Cooper.
One particular feature of the John Cooper Works Tuning products and other retrofit components from the range of Original Accessories by John Cooper Works is that they are precisely harmonised with the character of MINI. As such they continue the tradition of the fitness program once developed by Formula 1 designer John Cooper for the classic Mini. The Mini Cooper launched in 1961 thrilled drivers with an engine output increased from 34 to 55 hp, a modified transmission and an appropriately optimised brake system. It was also at this time that the classic Mini started its motor racing career, achieving an initial highlight as early as 1964 with the first of three overall victories at the Monte Carlo Rally. Motor racing expertise continued to cause a sensation on the road, too, with John Cooper Works tuning kits much in demand during the 1970s. These gave even more striking emphasis to the sporty flair of the classic Mini.

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Tuning for the MINI John Cooper Works and the new MINI Convertible.
The symbol for current top performance on display at the 2016 Essen Motor Show stand is the new MINI John Cooper Works (combined fuel consumption: 6.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 147 g/km). It is fitted as standard with the complete package for extremely athletic driving fun and constantly controllable handling, consisting of engine, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit design. In addition to the 170 kW/231 hp turbo engine, standard features include a sports exhaust system, a sports suspension including Brembo sports brake system, the John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit and John Cooper Works sports seats. A John Cooper Works valve exhaust silencer system is available as a retrofit option, enriching an extremely sporty driving experience with the appropriate sound. Among other things, the vehicle presented in Essen features a John Cooper Works sports chassis. The coilover suspension is adjustable in height between 10 and 30 millimetres and includes red coil springs.

Numerous other products from the range of Original Accessories by John Cooper Works developed for the new model generation in the premium small car segment will be presented on the new MINI Cooper S Convertible. For this model as well as for the MINI Cooper S 3 door and the MINI Cooper S 5 door, a John Cooper Works tuning kit is available to increase engine output from 141 kW/192 hp to 155 kW/211 hp. The valve exhaust silencer system included in this kit provides a distinctive acoustic background to this increase in temperament. Such features as John Cooper light alloy wheels in the sizes 17 and 18 inches and available in a number of different design variants create a characteristic combination of enhanced performance and visual presence. The John Cooper Works sports brake system comprises 4-piston fixed caliper brakes with perforated and grooved discs on the front axle and 1-piston floating caliper brakes on the rear axle, finished in Chili Red in each case.

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Meanwhile John Cooper Works Pro black band spoilers are offered for the front and rear apron in conjunction with the John Cooper Works aerodynamic package, available either ex works or as a retrofit option. The characteristic John Cooper Works Pro product range also includes exterior mirror caps, an air inlet cover in carbon fibre, side stickers and side stripes, side scuttles and a Track Fix mount for GoPro cameras.

Individual sports car flair on the inside is especially created by a John Cooper Works leather sports steering wheel and a John Cooper Works sports gearshift lever knob in leather/chrome. The John Cooper Works Pro product line for the interior also includes textile and all-weather floor mats, LED door sill finishers, an interior mirror cap and other details such as a door pin, key cap, key ring and lanyard in typical brand design.

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Accessories and lifestyle products now available in the new MINI Shop.
The new MINI Shop now gives all MINI drivers access to an extensive range of Original MINI parts, accessories and lifestyle products online, too. At this official MINI Shop, every MINI customer can purchase products directly from their dealership; they can then either collect the items themselves or have them conveniently sent home. By entering the chassis number, customers can always be sure of ordering the right product for their vehicle.

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