The refreshed Mini John Cooper Works Coupe and Convertible have been revealed with improved standard features and clever emissions-reducing kit.

The refreshed Mini John Cooper Works Coupe and Convertible have been revealed with the headline grabber not power or torque or even improved handling but a petrol engine particulate filter in the exhaust system to improve emissions performance. Indeed, Mini says the new system allows it to meet the “stringent Euro6d TEMP emissions standard”.

That standard relates to the maximum allowable nitrogen oxide emissions for both petrol and diesel vehicles – the lab allowance for petrol cars is 60mg/km while the real-world test (as part of WLTP) is 126gm/km. Moving on.

The JCW Coupe and Convertible are the most powerful Mini variants available with the 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine making 170kW. According to Mini the particulate filter makes no difference to performance, sound or fuel consumption with that ranging from 6.5-7.1L/100km depending on the model and the transmission type (six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic).

Key changes to the new models occur on the inside with things like wireless phone charging now a cost option and back-lit gloss trim panels. In terms of standard tweaks, there are now 17-inch alloys and black exterior and interior trim as well as black leather bucket seats. With the new JCW models available to order from early next year and production not beginning until March, final Australian specifications and pricing haven’t yet been announced.


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