The Mini John Cooper Works is Mini’s most hard-core model to date. It has a 1.6-liter turbo engine, double overhead cams with variable valve management with a power output of 211 hp at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 260 nm with an overboost mode that can raise the torque to 280 nm at 5,100 rpm.
Mated with a six-speed manual, the John Cooper Works can launch itself from 0 to 100 kmh in 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of around 235 kmh. That’s a lot to handle when driving in Jakarta.
However, using it for your daily commute is quite straightforward. It can be a little bit jerky at first with all that power, but the agility of the Mini can cope beautifully with Jakarta’s traffic jams.
You can easily outrun and outaccelerate any mikrolet or other form of public transportation. Plus, most road users tend to give the Mini a wide berth, not only because of its price but to get a better view of the unique styling.
Driving a Mini will definitely get you noticed. If you are looking for a car that is fun to drive and has great performance, I would highly suggest the John Cooper Works.
However, because it is a driver’s car, the John Cooper Works comes only in manual. So for those of you not comfortable driving a stick shift in Jakarta, but still interested in a Mini, you would be better off with the “regular” Mini Cooper or Cooper S, or the new Clubman.
Like any Mini that has kart-like handling, the John Cooper Works adds more spice to the Mini driving experience. With the use of 17-inch black alloy wheels and a revised suspension setting, the John Cooper Works drives very precisely. Driving around the mountain roads of Purwakarta, West Java, is like heaven on earth. The only problem is there aren’t many good mountain roads near Jakarta; it’s not like we are in Switzerland driving the Fluela or Julier passes. However, the mountain passes of West Java will do and will give you a real feel of a true driving experience.
Because this is a front-wheel-drive car — with a high power output and torque — the feel of the torque steering is very strong, but dynamic stability control and dynamic traction control make driving an ease.
The John Cooper Works is also equipped with six airbags, an anti-lock braking system, run-flat tires and bi-xenon dynamic headlights, making it a safe, compact sports car.
Besides the safety features, an extra amount of comfort is also added in the sporty interior of the car with the use of lounge leather seats in carbon black with red lining.
The Mini Visual Boost enhances the various gadgets in the car. It involves a 6.5-inch LCD screen in the center of the dashboard and can be connected to an iPhone, which has an app you can download from iTunes called “Mini Connected.” With this you can use Twitter, Facebook, Google, web radio and the Dynamic Music program, which creates a soundtrack based on your driving (see it as a musical score in a movie driving scene).
These enhancements make the John Cooper Works a driving gadget, and not just a regular car. To provide the best sound for the John Cooper Works, Mini has furnished it with a Harman-Kardon audio system, which provides high-quality sound during any trip. Listening to Adele’s “Someone Like You,” you can clearly hear her wonderful voice, or the thumping bass of “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida and Sia.
Another creature comfort in the John Cooper Works is the double panoramic sunroof, which you can tilt and open. During nice weather you can enjoy an airy feel in the car, reveling in pleasant breezes while cruising along twisty mountain roads, or simply taking advantage of a pleasant afternoon in Jakarta when the weather is nice.
So how much does the Mini John Cooper Works cost? Well, for Rp 679 million ($73,000) you can have it at your doorstep. And considering that there isn’t another iconic car like the Mini, I would say it would be a very good purchase.
Mini will open its new five-story dealership near the end of this year on Jalan Sultan Iskandar Muda, just next to Gandaria City mall in South Jakarta.