The new hardcore Mini John Cooper Works Convertible has been confirmed for Australia.
It has been confirmed for its Australian debut in the second half of the year, possibly by September. Exact timing is yet to be clarified.
The new model is powered by a grunty 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, with 170kW of power and 320Nm of torque, representing a step up of 29kW and 40Nm over the Cooper S model. It is front-wheel-drive, with the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddleshifters. Read more about the Mini JCW Convertible.
While pricing is yet to be confirmed, the new model is expected to undercut the existing JCW Cabrio by a few grand.
The logic being that Mini has lowered pricing on all the new-generation models, including the regular Cooper and Cooper S variants, and an asking price of $58,500 for the manual or $60,850 for the automatic is on the high side for the segment.
And it is expected that, as with the standard Convertible variants, the JCW will be offered with an automatic gearbox as standard, while manual versions will be available as a special order option.
Stay tuned for more.