A car that stays true to its traditions and racing heritage, delivering maximum driving thrills with a potent enough powertrain. That’s how we know the Mini JCW. Its compact dimensions might not be for everyone’s liking, but we’ve hardly come across anyone who’s hated the way it looks or drives. For 2021, Mini has given the JCW a few tweaks while retaining the majority of its good bits. So what’s changed?
On the outside, there are plenty of fresh design accents that wouldn’t necessarily be visible to the common eye. The hexagonal grille has grown bigger and down below, the bumper now wears a body-coloured strip. The side scuttles and the fender indicators have been redesigned and at the rear, the diffuser apron is now sportier. Larger, 18-inch light-alloy wheels are also available as an option, including the new John Cooper Works Circuit Spoke 2-tone design.
The Mini JCW retains most of its braking and drivetrain hardware, with minor tweaks being made to the Adaptive Suspension that now features a new frequency-selective damper technology, resulting in increased steering precision and agility through bends.
New equipment includes a heated steering wheel, lane departure warning and the Stop & Go function for the active cruise control. There’s a newly designed central instrument cluster with an 8.8-inch touch display. The new operating system facilitates intuitive control of vehicle functions, audio programme, navigation, communication and apps. Two different colour schemes are available for the displays on the central instrument and on the optionally available multifunctional instrument display on the steering column.
The Mini JCW still comes powered by the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbo, producing 228bhp and 320Nm of torque. While the JCW accelerates to 100kmph in 6.3 seconds with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and 6.1 seconds with the optional 8-speed automatic, the JCW Convertible does the same run in 6.6 and 6.5 seconds respectively.
We expect Mini to introduce the refreshed models by next year, however just like before, we might only get the 8-speed AT in India.