Mini updates John Cooper Works models with new-generation engine

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Mini's performance-oriented John Cooper Works (JCW) trimline extends to Mini's entire vehicle range, which includes the Mini Hardtop, Clubman, Countryman, Convertible, Coupe and Roadster. Now the BMW-owned British automaker has announced a new-generation engine to power its JCW line; one with new technologies and increased efficiency.

The 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine employs a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and, beginning in the 2013 model year, variable valve control derived from BMW's Valvetronic system. Both the cylinder block and bearing mounts are made from aluminum, and the new engine also features reinforced pistons. Other engine characteristics include a high-strength cylinder head, low-weight camshafts and sodium-filled exhaust valves to provide more cooling as required by the turbocharged engine.

Peak output is rated at 208 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, while the engine's peak torque output of 192 pound-feet is available between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm. The torque can be increased via an overboost function that briefly raises torque to 207 pound-feet. Mini's new JCW engine can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, or an optional six-speed automatic with a Steptronic function. The automatic transmission can be controlled manually via the gear select lever or with shift paddles located on the steering wheel.

JCW Minis also benefit from an improved electric power steering system that reduces fuel consumption through the use of an electric boost motor that only uses energy when power assistance is actually required. In fact, Mini says fuel consumption in the EU (European Union) test cycle has been reduced by up to 0.5 litres per 100 km depending on the model.

Mini's JCW lineup will be enhanced with the new-generation 1.6-litre turbocharged engine later this year. With so many models to choose from including the Hardtop, Clubman, Countryman, Convertible, Coupe and Roadster, the JCW lineup is especially appealing and made more so with enhancements such as the new electric power steering system. For those consumers in search of a sport compact vehicle with an emphasis on performance, the improved Mini JCW range is definitely something to consider.
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Topics: Mini, 2013, John Cooper Works, Turbocharger,

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