NAIAS 2015: 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Revealed

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
naias 2015 2015 mini john cooper works hardtop revealed

Looking for a high-performance MINI? Meet the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop.

The latest addition to the MINI family has a 2-liter turbo-four that makes 228 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 comes in under 6 seconds, but the brand adds that it can jump from 50 to 75 in 5.6 seconds. Six-speed auto or rev-matching manual helps direct the power to the front.

Suspension for the JCW Hardtop includes a single-joint strut axle up front and multi-link in the rear, with optional dynamic damper control for those who want to switch between comfort and sport modes.

Inside, the driver is greeted by a new gauge styling, including a dark dial for speedometer and engine speed. Bolstered seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers are standard, with heated front seats, glass roof and heated folding mirrors as some of the options available.

Price of admission for the JCW Hardtop begins at $30,600, and will go on sale this spring.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 13, 2015

    Why do they need to add the word "Hardtop" to the title? When I hear Mini JCW, I don't think "Oh yes, that's the convertible surely." Just seems like it's putting on more heirs than necessary. And the interior on these has always put me off. It's trying SO SO hard to be retro and cool. I hate the circular thing in the center - it puts me in mind of an 02 Taurus. Then of course the leather, piping, velour, quilted, race, contoured seats. It's all too much. EDIT: Looks like there is no sat nav option in this expensive premium car by the looks of the center set up. Is this true? And FWIW, I agree with the commenter above about the photos issue. Mine load much more slowly since a couple days ago.

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    • OzCop OzCop on Apr 26, 2016

      @Signal11 The "hardtop" moniker comes from the frameless door windows...hardtops of old used that descriptive term all the way back in the 50s...two door hardtop, and four door hardtops were pretty popular in those days..

  • Carguy Carguy on Jan 13, 2015

    "JCW Hardtop begins at $30,600" So well equipped it will cost as much as a Golf R?

  • FifaCup Loving both Interior and exterior designs.
  • FifaCup This is not good for the auto industry
  • Jeff S This would be a good commuter vehicle especially for those working in a large metropolitan area. The only thing is that by the time you put airbags, backup cameras, and a few of the other required safety features this car would no longer be simple and the price would be not much cheaper than a subcompact. I like the idea but I doubt a car like this would get marketed in anyplace besides Europe and the 3rd World.
  • ScarecrowRepair That's what I came to say!
  • Inside Looking Out " the plastic reinforced with cotton waste used on select garbage vehicles assembled by the Soviet Union. "Wrong. The car you are talking about was the product German engineering, East German. It's name was Trabant.