Most powerful Mini yet launches down under

Most powerful Mini yet launches down under

The most powerful model to grace the Mini line up, the new Mini John Cooper Works hatch, officially went on sale yesterday (July 1).

Mini invited a small group of media to the Mini Garage in Newmarket, Auckland today to preview the new car ahead of a track day experience to be held in September at Hampton Downs.

The Mini sales and brand manager for New Zealand Brett Waudby told the media that the new hot hatch will appeal to brand lovers who want a step up in performance from the current Cooper S model, and he reckons it will also appeal to performance fanatics who might have considered a different brand.

The latest John Cooper Works hatch features the latest generation 2.0-litre 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine which develops peak power of 170 kilowatts and 320 Newton metres of torque.

It will sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds and offers a top speed of 246km/h but average fuel consumption is 6.7L/100km.

“The inclusion of the optional six-speed automatic transmission further sharpens the performance attributes of the John Cooper Works, enhancing the 0-100km/h time by 0.2 seconds and also saves almost a full litre of fuel for every 100km travelled,” says Waudby.

“In addition to the John Cooper Works aerodynamics, racing technology and sports exhaust, the new model is packed with the latest Mini navigation, visual boost, head up display and park distance control,” he says.

“We believe the John Cooper Works will appeal to Mini enthusiasts who want a step-up in performance from the Cooper S, but we also think will also tempt performance fanatics who might have considered other brands,” says Waudby.

Priced from $54,800 drive-away, the John Cooper Works officially went on sale in New Zealand on July 1.

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