Mini JCW back in production after six months off

Unless you've walked into a Mini showroom in the past five months and demanded to spec up a new JCW, you probably wouldn't have realised that the model has been off sale. Production of the 231hp hot hatch halted in July so it could be retested under the more stringent Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which is here to stay following all of those nasty emissions scandals.

But now, fresh from its retesting on the continent, the Mini JCW is back - only now with more filters! Order books for the new WLTP-friendly JCW are due to reopen on the January 18th and first deliveries are set for March, when - like pretty much every other retested car on sale - these Minis will have a new particulate filter in their exhaust systems.

You might expect such a change to adversely affect the performance of the turbocharged 2.0-litre up front, yet Mini claims there's been no impact in whatsoever. The quickest variant, the JCW hatch, retains its 6.3-second 0-62mph time and is said to be equally as efficient as before the addition of the new clean up hardware. The story's the same with the convertible, which keeps its 6.6-second time.

Thing is, the WLTP test is quite a bit harder than NEDC. So even though Mini claims its hot hatch is no keener to puff out greenhouse gases, the JCW's listed CO2 output has risen from 150g/km to 167g/km, which - unlike that NEDC number - should be a better representative of what can actually be achieved in the real world. Don't fret if you're in the market for a JCW, however, as the increase is too insignificant to push the model into the next tax band.

Not wanting this update to all be about WLTP, Mini's also added some shiny new trim to its hottest model. The JCW gets Piano Black exterior and interior trim, dinamica leather-wrapped sports seats and new 17-inch wheels. This adds to the car's other standard fit features, such as LED lighting, automatic headlights and wipers and, of course, that rorty exhaust note.

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  • howardhughes 19 Dec 2018

    I have the first gen R53 Works, by far the best variant in the works range.
    The only thing I like on the latter is the rear Union Jack lights. Everything else is awful.
    They are just too big and bulbous.

  • Augustus Windsock 19 Dec 2018

    Mini? HaHa!
    Size of a bloody Austin Maxi (for those old enough...) and about as attractive too...

  • mylesmcd 19 Dec 2018

    Branding. That is all.

  • sidesauce 19 Dec 2018

    mylesmcd said:
    Branding. That is all.
    No, that's not all actually. It's making money for BMW too, plus contributing toward giving over 4,000 people jobs in Oxford and Swindon.

  • Turbobanana 19 Dec 2018

    More vents and scoops than an Audi Sport quattro.

    Sadly without any of the appeal.

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