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Mini Cooper Works Gets Sporty New Features

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author photo by Autotrader February 2011

The sportiest Mini yet has just been announced. Mini’s factory-installed John Cooper Works tuning kit, available since 2003, has received some upgrades for 2011 including more power and torque, performance-oriented new features, and some sporty add-ons designed to increase driving pleasure and excitement.

The most important feature of the new Works package is more juice under the hood. Mini says a performance-optimized engine management system and a purpose-built air filter add more than 10 horsepower for 2011, bringing the total to 200. Best of all, torque increases to a standard 184 pound-feet, or up to 199 pound-feet when using the hatchback’s “Overboost” function. Mini says it’s because of the Works package’s improved tuning, the new Works Mini runs from zero to 60mph in around 6.8 seconds.

But increased power and torque aren’t the only exciting new features of the upgraded tuning kit. The new Works package also adds chrome tailpipes and a sports silencer for 2011, giving a sporty growl to the four-cylinder’s exhaust note. Better yet, you can get the new exhaust without ordering a new model or the full tuning kit, noting that it can be retrofitted to all manual Minis made since March 2010 – and since John Cooper Works is a factory tuner, the new exhaust won’t void existing warranties.

The new John Cooper Works Mini will also feature a unique red stripe on its 18-inch light alloy wheels, intended to help distinguish Minis featuring the sporty package from those without it. The red stripe is identical to the color of the painted brake calipers also standard in the Works package.

The new John Cooper Works tuning kit will be available in the spring for the standard hatchback, convertible, and stretched Clubman models. Prices are unknown, but in 2010, the kit commanded a $6,500 premium over the Cooper S.

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