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JOHN COOPER WORKS HARDTOP

A 208-hp twin-scroll turbocharged engine makes this one of the fastest MINIs ever made. The ferocious, track-worthy Hardtop lets the pilot adjust the stability control settings for maximum performance motoring.

Starting price: $30,800*

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Features & Specs

ROCKIN’ POWER BAND

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. 

208-HP TURBO ENGINE

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. 

UPGRADED TRANSMISSION

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.

4-PISTON BREMBO® BRAKES

Designed to help all that extra motoring momentum come to a graceful halt, MINI John Cooper Works models feature 4-piston aluminum Brembo® front brake calipers with large, 12.4-inch, ventilated brake discs. In race-ready red with exclusive signature John Cooper Works badging.

SIGNATURE BADGING

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.

CONTRASTING ROOF

First pioneered by John Cooper for a more distinctive look on the racetrack, the modern-day contrast roof is still unmatched. Available for the MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop in black, white or red, with matching exterior mirror caps and rear spoiler. 

CHALLENGE-SPOKE

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” wheels from our range of John Cooper Works Tuning accessories.

DUAL SPORT TIPS

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.

STAINLESS PEDALS

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.

GEAR SHIFT PATTERN

Only available on the MINI John Cooper Works models, a unique gearshift knob with the shift pattern in race-ready red.

GRAY BACKED SPEEDO

With an exclusive gray faceplate, the center-mounted speedometer in a MINI John Cooper Works model goes to160 mph. Trust us, your passengers will love it.

PUSH IT FURTHER

ENHANCE YOUR MINI COOPER OR COOPER S WITH JOHN COOPER WORKS ACCESSORIES.

Everything from performance boosting tuning kits, to chassis upgrades, exterior parts, cockpit elements and more. Whether it's adding even more distinctive touches to your John Cooper Works MINI or enhancing your MINI Cooper or Cooper S, this premium, racing-inspired collection of accessories gives an extra edge to your motoring.  

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TAKE ONE FOR A SPIN

If a picture's worth 1,000 words, driving a MINI is worth 1,000 adrenaline-fueled grins. Experiencing our world-famous handling first hand and the sheer delight of motoring like you're on rails is something everyone should do at least once in his or her lifetime. So, what do you say? Is this weekend you start making some headway on that bucket list?

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Racing History

RACING’S IN OUR BLOOD.

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.

 OUR HISTORY

BIRTH OF A RACER.

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. 

ICONOCLASTS ATTRACT.

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. 

ONE SPIN WAS ALL IT TOOK.

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.

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR SIDEWAYS ENGINE.

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.

A GIANT KILLER.

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.