3.MINI JCW $30,800
MINI has a healthy racing heritage, dating back to the 60’s when the MINI Cooper and Cooper S won the Monte Carlo Rally four times. While these days MINI has made cars more appropriate for everyday drivers, they haven’t forgotten their heritage thanks to the John Cooper Works edition models.
MINI has five JCW models, all featuring the same turbocharged 208-hp, 192 lb-ft of torque engine. However, MINI knows that when its on the track, it can give a little more. An Overboost function delivers up to 207 lb-ft of torque for a short period of time, to give that extra edge on the track. Overboost takes the normal turbo boost from about 11.6 PSI, and to about 13.6 PSI. This extra boost comes in for about 15 seconds.
The JCW models also feature extensive suspension changes and performance tires, which gives the MINI its go-cart like handling.