The new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible, blends the standard three-door hardtop’s 2.0-liter, 228-horsepower, 236-pound-foot, four-cylinder with the folding canvas roof of the new Mini Convertible, which debuted in October of 2015. Available with a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic, the JCW Convertible will hit 60 in 6.4 seconds while the automatic will do the run a tenth of a second faster to a capped top speed of 150mph.
The brawnier powertrain is backed up by a standard sport suspension – dynamic damper control is an optional extra – and convertible-specific chassis enhancements, including a new stiffening plate underneath the engine. To bring proceedings to a halt even quicker, Mini attached JCW-specific Brembo brakes. However adding the convertible roof means it comes in over 200lbs heavier than the standard JCW.
There’s also the usual array of interior and exterior enhancements. Outside, there’s a sportier body kit, standard, JCW-specific 17-inch wheels (or optional 18s), and standard LED headlamps. Inside you get leather wheel and JCW gear knob, shiny pedals and bespoke dials, new JCW sport seats, which feature a fixed headrest and some serious bolstering paired with a classic black-and-red color scheme.
Adding the soft top kicks up the price $5,000 to $5,500, with the base model starting at $26,800. The S model just barely cracks the $30,000 mark, coming in at $30,450, while the Works model is $36,450. The JCW convertible will be coming in April.