MINI John Cooper Works models to debut as distinct MINI brand.

MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman to arrive in Canada in summer 2008.

Whitby. For more than four decades now, the name John Cooper has been synonymous with the high-performance members of the MINI family. In January 2008, MINI and John Cooper Works announced they would transition from being two separate entities to merging the John Cooper Works into the MINI family as a MINI sub brand. The first high-performance MINI models that will be launched under this new MINI John Cooper Works brand will be the MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, arriving in Canada this summer.

Both John Cooper Works models will feature a newly developed high-performance version of the highly-acclaimed 1.6 litre 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with twin scroll turbocharger and direct injection. Delivering 207 horsepower and maximum torque of 192 ft-lb between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm, overboost torque momentarily increases to 207 ft-lb under heavy acceleration. The revised powerplant propels the MINI John Cooper Works from 0-100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds, with the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman shadowing this figure at 6.8 seconds.

Complementing the significantly upgraded engine, both John Cooper Works models will also be equipped with an array of race-bred equipment including high-performance brakes, sports suspension, a low-back-pressure exhaust system, a specially-modified 6-speed manual transmission and exclusive 17-inch light alloy rims with high-performance tires.

In addition to electrically powered-assisted steering (EPAS) with a “sports” setting calibrated to the high-performance disposition of the John Cooper Works models, the sophisticated standard-equipment Dynamic Stability Control System (DSC) now incorporates Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) for the first time in a MINI. DTC allows controllable slip on the drive wheels for optimized performance as well as enhanced capabilities in adverse traction conditions.

Another new feature of DSC unique to the John Cooper Works models – Electronic Differential Lock Control is activated in the DCS-Off mode, enhancing stability and cornering ability during “sporting” driving manoeuvres.

Exterior paint finishes, interior trim and upholstery will reflect the wide range of individualization options typical of the current extensive list of options available throughout the MINI Cooper S range.

The MINI John Cooper Works aficionado will also be able to further tailor his already-special vehicle with a comprehensive range of retailer-installed accessory equipment specially developed under the John Cooper Works banner.

“The new MINI John Cooper Works brand brings MINI’s legendary racing and high-performance driving relationship to a new level,” says Stephen McDonnell, Director of MINI Canada, adding “The MINI John Cooper Works and John Cooper Works Clubman models will appeal to the true driving enthusiast and make a very exciting statement.”

The MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will have their world premiere at the International Automobile Salon in Geneva (March 6th–16tth 2008).

More detailed Canadian specifications and pricing will be announced closer to market launch this summer.

BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 38 BMW automobile retail centres, 17 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 23 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.