Following the debut of the all-new 2016 Mini Cooper and Cooper S Convertible models last fall in Tokyo, the automaker has unveiled a hot Mini John Cooper Works version of its redesigned drop-top as well as confirmed U.S. pricing for all its open-air models. Like its Mini JCW Hardtop sibling, this al fresco version packs a specially tweaked 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder that cranks out 228 horses and 236 lb-ft of torque compared to the 1.5-liter turbo 3-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbo 4-banger that make a respective 134 and 189 horsepower in the Cooper and Cooper S models. Fitted with the standard 6-speed manual, the JCW cabrio can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds while opting for the available 6-speed Steptronic sport automatic trims that to 6.3 ticks.

Equipped to exhilarate

Like the JCW Hardtop, the Convertible comes with the full complement of performance-focused functional and cosmetic elements. In addition to the engine tweaks, this maxi Mini also boasts a John Cooper Works sport suspension, aero kit, 17-inch alloy wheels and Brembo brakes in addition to its LED headlamps and sport seats. Crowned with an automatic power soft top, the John Cooper Convertible’s distinctively appointed cabin features Mini Connected system with 6.5-inch display and support for app integration as well as Mini Driving Modes and Performance Control. In addition to a plethora of personalization colors, trims and accessories offered on all Mini Convertibles, the JCW variant also offers an 18-inch wheel/tire upgrade and Head-Up Display.

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“The new Convertible has all of the legendary driving performance you expect in a Mini yet with interior materials and finishes which set a new benchmark for the segment,” said Patrick McKenna, Department Head, Product Planning, Mini USA. “Now with the addition of the John Cooper Works variant we have once again set the bar high for the rest of the premium convertible market.”

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Pricing for the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible opens at $26,800 with the Cooper C version starting at $30,450 and the 2016 Mini JCW Convertible commencing at $36,450. All will arrive in showrooms here this spring.   

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