Can air be too fresh? Push the 208-HP engine to the limit and you’ll find out. Outfitted with an assertive Aero Kit, it’s perfect choice for conducting land speed, windburn or heart rate tests.
Starting at $36,400*
The twin-scroll turbocharger in John Cooper Works models operates with high-boost pressure at an extremely high temperature, coupled with a specially designed exhaust turbine housing. The resulting low back-pressure boosts output, but also ensures that all emissions standards are met with no loss of performance. As a final touch, we modify the engine’s management software to aggressively tune all systems for racing conditions and max performance.
With a distinctive, low growl that gives racing purists goose bumps, the John Cooper Works 208-horsepower, twin-scroll turbocharged power plant generates a fearsome 192 lb-ft of torque, with an Overboost function that delivers a whopping 207 lb-ft. This modern feat of motorsport engineering guarantees an adrenaline-pumping drive, head-snapping acceleration and unbeatable elasticity.
To handle the raw muscle of the upgraded engine, the MINI John Cooper Works models have been fitted with a reinforced clutch and stout six-speed manual gearbox engineered to endure under extreme performance conditions.
Wearing its name well, the MINI John Cooper Works models feature signature badging on the lower front grille, tailgate, front brake calipers and door entry sills.
The MINI Roadster features a soft-top with both modern convenience and traditional charm. Sporting a glass rear-window, the Roadster’s semi-automatic roof releases with a quick flick of the wrist before tucking back above the boot. Gas-spring struts make closing it a cinch.
The MINI John Cooper Works comes standard with the distinctively designed 17” Challenge-Spoke alloy wheels in black or silver. But you can go even bigger with 18” or 19” wheels (Countryman only) from our range of John Cooper Works Tuning accessories.
Always up for a rumble: the optimized acoustics of the sport exhaust system deliver a throaty growl at the push of the accelerator. But they don’t just sound snappy, the wide (85mm), “angle-cut” twin pipes look sharp too.
Yet another reason to get your foot down in the MINI John Cooper Works: stainless steel pedals, complete with footrest (not shown here) as standard equipment.
Only available on the MINI John Cooper Works models, a unique gearshift knob with the shift pattern in race-ready red.
With an exclusive gray faceplate, the center-mounted speedometer in a MINI John Cooper Works model goes to 160 mph. Trust us, your passengers will love it.
The first of its kind on any MINI, this active, retractable spoiler automatically deploys at high speeds to give your rear wheels maximum bite. At slower speeds, the hybrid steel and SMC resin wing remains tucked in, but can be summoned with the flip of a toggle switch in the cockpit.
Add performance tuning & race styling to your Cooper or Cooper S with John Cooper Works Accessories. Handpick tuning kits, chassis upgrades, exterior parts, cockpit elements and more to create your own race-inspired demon.
Son of a mechanic, pioneer of the rear-mounted engine and founder of the Cooper Car Company, John Cooper had three Monte Carlo Rally titles and 16 Grand Prix wins to his name. That name lives on in the MINI John Cooper Works models. Ferocious, street-legal racecars bred for the track and rigorously tuned to the most exacting performance standards. Because just as it was a half-century ago, racing is in our blood.
In 1959, the first Classic Mini was introduced to Britain: an unassuming, inexpensive 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use up a lot of gas or take up much space. And though at first, some people didn’t quite know what to make of this quirky newcomer, other people began to get big ideas.
One of the gentlemen most intrigued by the Classic Mini’s racing potential was the legendary F1 car builder, John Cooper. Already famous for his unique, extremely successful rear-engine F1 designs, it was only natural that an auto company bold enough to defy convention by placing its engine differently (sideways) would impress him.
Cooper immediately recognized that the same features that made the Classic Mini such an innovative people mover – a transverse engine, four wheels pushed out to the corners and minimal size – also gave the car incredible balance, an extremely wide stance and amazing agility. Just the attributes needed to turn it into a small, but ferocious racer.
And so, in 1961, with a few tweaks to the engine, a set of slightly bigger brakes, and a new contrasting roof to make it stand out in the pack, the Classic Mini emerged from the Cooper Car Company garages as the Mini Cooper.
What happened next (much to the dismay of the competition) is that John Cooper’s grand hypothesis was proven correct. The Classic Mini Cooper and Cooper S went on the dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.* And a car for the ages was born.
*In 1966, three Classic Mini Coopers actually took the top three spots, but were disqualified by the hometown French judges on a minor headlight infraction.