2013 Mini John Cooper Works Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jul 03, 2012
  • New John Cooper Works Countryman model with ALL4 all-wheel drive
  • Second-generation, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Updated colors and materials


The Mini lineup is comprised of coupe, convertible, hardtop, roadster, Clubman, and Countryman models. For 2013, all are available with the John Cooper Works treatment, which adds extra power and performance.

Exterior Features

Every 2013 Mini John Cooper Works model is equipped with a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels wearing run-flat tires, except the new Countryman model, which rolls on 18-inch wheels. A John Cooper Works aerodynamic body kit is standard, and each model is available with exclusive paint and roof colors that cannot be applied to other Minis.

Interior Features

In addition to bespoke upholstery selections and interior trim options, the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works models feature a Sport button that modifies the electric steering tuning and engine management software for greater responsiveness, as well as a sport steering wheel with a new JCW logo.

Optional Features

Mini offers a wide range of options and accessories for the John Cooper Works editions, with which buyers can personalize their new car.

Under the Hood

The turbocharged, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine slipped under the hood of every John Cooper Works model is fortified for 2013 with variable valve control based on BMW's Valvetronic system. According to Mini, this engine technology provides ultra-quick throttle response yet returns excellent fuel economy. Additionally, the second-generation John Cooper Works engine features reinforced pistons, high-strength cylinder heads, lightweight camshafts, and sodium-filled exhaust valves.

In all John Cooper Works models except the Countryman, this engine is rated to make 208 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,850 and 5,600 rpm. An Overboost mode allows the engine to produce 207 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 and 5,200 rpm for short periods of time. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a new 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional. According to Mini, acceleration to 60 mph takes between 6.1 and 6.8 seconds depending on body style and transmission.

The new engine is tuned differently for the new 2013 John Cooper Works Countryman. Horsepower remains the same, but the Countryman's peak torque measures 207 lb.-ft. between 1,900 and 5,600 rpm, helping this JCW model to accelerate to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds regardless of transmission choice, Mini says. Mini's ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is standard.

Fuel Economy

As this preview is written, the EPA has not published official fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mini John Cooper Works models. That noted, Mini claims the new second-generation engine produces improved fuel economy. For comparison, the 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop is rated to get 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.


The new 2013 Mini John Cooper Works models will have 6 air bags, traction and stability control, and anti-lock brakes with Brembo front calipers, cornering brake control, and electronic brake-force distribution. Automatic headlights, adaptive headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and rear park-assist sensors are available.

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