RE: Fastest Mini debuts at Geneva

RE: Fastest Mini debuts at Geneva

Tuesday 21st February 2006

Fastest Mini debuts at Geneva

218bhp car is lighter and faster than ever


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Mini Cooper S JCW
Mini Cooper S JCW

The Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works (JCW) GP Kit will make its first public viewing at the Geneva Motor Show. The fastest, most powerful production Mini will reach 62mph in under 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 146mph. The GP has a power output of 218bhp, that's 136bhp per litre, and a maximum torque of 181lb-ft.

Only 2,000 of this special production model will be built and 444 are bound for the UK from July onwards. The guide price is ยฃ22,000 which includes ยฃ10,000 worth of additional equipment if specified on a standard Mini Cooper S. According to BMW, almost three-quarters of the UK allocation have already been ordered, six months ahead of launch.

In the interests of weight loss, the car weighs some 40kg less than a standard Cooper S. This has been achieved by modifications to the chassis and engineering tweaks. The longitudinal control arms on the rear axle are now made of aluminium and the sound-deadening material has been taken out.

The entire rear seat bench has been removed. In its place is a flat loading area that can be folded up in a Z-arrangement for easier access to two additional storage boxes.

Standard equipment includes: limited slip differential, Dynamic Stability Control, Recaro sports seats in black leather, single CD, air-conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel. The car also features JCW sports brakes, JCW sports suspension and exclusive low-profile tyres and 18-inch light-alloy rims.

The special edition will only be available in exclusive metallic blue paintwork combined with a silver roof and red door mirrors. The new aerodynamics package is said to significantly improve drag coefficient and downforce on both front and rear axles. New highlights are the front and rear air dams, the low side-sills, and the underfloor cover, as well as a wing-shaped rear spoiler.

The Mini GP will join the existing JCW range of aftermarket and production option kits. The first engine tuning kit was launched in 2003 as an aftermarket option, and over 10,000 have been sold worldwide since that date. From the end of 2005, the kit became available as an Oxford production line fit and a new aftermarket version was launched for the MINI Cooper S with automatic transmission.

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hendry

Original Poster:

1,945 posts

243 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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But they kept the rear grab handles. How much do they weigh?

gibo993

960 posts

226 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Grab handles ?? I thought they where to hang suits on when you go to weddings!

paulie-mafia

3,321 posts

184 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Awful styling and paint job IMO!

Mr Whippy

23,098 posts

202 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Could have saved weight by not putting tweeters where the fog lights usually go. Why do you need speakers on the outside of a car anyway? Tish tish tish tish for the Chavs?

Dave

4WD

2,289 posts

192 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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22k

Or you could just remove the rear seat with a spanner yourself.

boggy

4,601 posts

196 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Sorry I don't understand this car, what's the point in paying £22k for a Mini ?

Boggy

r988

7,494 posts

190 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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boggy said:
Sorry I don't understand this car, what's the point in paying £22k for a Mini ?

Boggy


What is the point of buying a Mini

richiefly

92 posts

185 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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What a silly concept indeed. Take an already dubious attempt at a car, with a trashy interior, no spare wheel(!) and dodgy, single cam, powerplant, minimalise it and charge £22k?! Save a little extra and get an Evo/Scooby with rear seats and a spare wheel. Get an Elise or a VX220 both built with two seats in mind and no huge rear parcel shelf in sight, even if it does 'Z' fold!! Thinking about it, get anything other than this!

>> Edited by richiefly on Tuesday 21st February 12:55

chrisjl

785 posts

243 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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PressRelease said:
In the interests of weight loss, the car weighs ... less

And in the interests of speed, it goes faster?

mini1400

8 posts

191 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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richiefly said:
What a silly concept indeed. Take an already dubious attempt at a car, with a trashy interior, no spare wheel(!) and dodgy, single cam, powerplant, minimalise it and charge £22k?! Save a little extra and get an Evo/Scooby with rear seats and a spare wheel. Get an Elise or a VX220 both built with two seats in mind and no huge rear parcel shelf in sight, even if it does 'Z' fold!! Thinking about it, get anything other than this!

>> Edited by richiefly on Tuesday 21st February 12:55


Buy a REAL Mini, not a MAXI !!!
My '86 Mini will do 60 in 6.5 secs and it only has 100bhp... Oh yeah, that's cause it weighs nothing

www.mini1400.co.uk

georgetuk

205 posts

179 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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chrisjl said:
PressRelease said:
In the interests of weight loss, the car weighs ... less

And in the interests of speed, it goes faster?


No that is really post ironic marketing.

rpm100

1,731 posts

182 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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what an overpriced, overweight, lump of marketing bullsh*t! what happened to the proper weight reduction? i wanted thinner glass, carbon roof/bonnet and proper lightweight seats. this is just an exercise in rear seat removal. very poor . this means im now going to have to listen to the usual pratt down the pub bragging about his 'special' car that's "a limited edition you know". where did i put those ear plugs

wobert

3,122 posts

183 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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rpm100 said:
what an overpriced, overweight, lump of marketing bullsh*t! what happened to the proper weight reduction? i wanted thinner glass, carbon roof/bonnet and proper lightweight seats. this is just an exercise in rear seat removal.


I agree, I think the engineers could have gone far further than they have in terms of "proper" weight reduction......keeping a/c & MFSW just makes it look more like a marketing-led excercise.....

BTW all of you anti-MINI peeps, have any of you actually driven the car.....????

jazzyjeff

3,652 posts

220 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Exactly. 40kg??? Half the owners might lose that much just going down the gym

wobert

3,122 posts

183 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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jazzyjeff said:
Exactly. 40kg??? Half the owners might lose that much just going down the gym


I did an estimate, (I'm an automotive engineer), that by also removing the a/c and "other" bits they could have increased the 40kg to nearly 60kg......every little helps....

richiefly

92 posts

185 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Ok - so I haven't driven it. Still looks rubbish! And as you all say - very poor effort at trying to produce this 'hybrid' model.

wobert

3,122 posts

183 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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richiefly said:
Ok - so I haven't driven it. Still looks rubbish! And as you all say - very poor effort at trying to produce this 'hybrid' model.


So your comments are based on having not driven one........hmmmmm

Marki

15,763 posts

231 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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rpm100 said:
what an overpriced, overweight, lump of marketing bullsh*t! what happened to the proper weight reduction? i wanted thinner glass, carbon roof/bonnet and proper lightweight seats. this is just an exercise in rear seat removal. very poor . this means im now going to have to listen to the usual pratt down the pub bragging about his 'special' car that's "a limited edition you know". where did i put those ear plugs


And on this same thread people are moaning that it costs 22k and you want carbon this carbon that ,,,,

runnersp

1,061 posts

181 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Should torquesteer for England (or Germany...).

b10

1,002 posts

228 months

Tuesday 21st February 2006
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Must be the fastest and most expensive Mini Van