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.
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.
Discuss this story at our MINI Forum