MINI John Cooper Works Challenge is a UK-Only Special Edition

Alex Ricciuti
by Alex Ricciuti

The new limited-edition MINI John Cooper Works Challenge has been revealed, inspired by a MINI Challenge race car.

Based on the latest MINI John Cooper Works Hatch, this Challenge edition comes with the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo technology boasting an output of 231 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. That’s good for a 0 to 62 mph sprint of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 153 mph.

Besides the bespoke White Silver paint finish, distinguishing this John Cooper Works Challenge on the outside are the extended wheel arches, a rear spoiler and larger air intakes at the front. Also included are lower front splitters, a large roof spoiler, rear diffuser and rear splitters. Wheels are 17-inch light-alloy rims wrapped in 215/45 R17 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The Challenge also features carbon fiber for the side mirror covers and tailpipe finishers, while the exhaust note can be controlled via a Bluetooth, with Sport and Track sound options.

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The chassis is tuned, of course, for track performance and includes adjustable coilover spring and damper units. For improved traction the car is fitted with a Quaife automatic torque biasing (ATB) limited slip differential too.

On the inside is a Dinamica/cloth combination finished in Carbon Black and John Cooper Works sports seats and sports steering wheel. Each unit will bear a unique build number on the passenger side fascia.

The model will premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place from June 23 to 26. It is priced at £32,000 ($45,350 US) and limited to the UK market. Only 100 units will be made.

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