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£24,905 when new
Ah the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works. How very Cooper. Not so much. It’s actually the Mini John Cooper Works. Still a big name for a small car though. Even if it’s the most powerful production Mini ever. How powerful? The engine is from BMW’s new 2-litre family, like in the current Cooper S. Previous Minis never went beyond 1.6, so it has a good start. For the JCW its turbo and pistons are special, there’s a larger intercooler, and better water cooling too. The exhaust system is fatter and less restrictive through most of its length. This is no simple chip job. Net result is 231bhp and 236lb ft in a car of just 1205kg. What do those numbers mean?