This yr marks the 60th anniversary of MINI’s partnership with motorsport ace John Cooper, and this new constrained edition MINI John Cooper Performs Anniversary Edition has been designed to mark the event.
In 1961, John Cooper – a veteran of System 1, with a constructors title to his identify – resolved that the light-weight, cleverly packaged authentic Mini would variety the perfect basis for a efficiency design, and set about developing a additional highly effective Mini, christened the ‘Cooper’.
The even additional sporting Cooper S variation followed, a formidable rallying machine that received the Monte Carlo rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967. The John Cooper identify has been synonymous with higher-efficiency Minis at any time because, with the JCW moniker marking the pinnacle of series creation Minis to this working day.
In tribute to the partnership, MINI is developing just 740 JCW Anniversary Edition vehicles, every featuring a Rebel Green color plan with bespoke nostalgic information.
The Anniversary Edition is mechanically unchanged from the conventional JCW, so arrives geared up with a two.-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This sends 227bhp to the front wheels by way of both a manual or computerized gearbox, propelling the motor vehicle from -62mph in six.three seconds.
Aesthetically, the Anniversary Edition is concluded in Rebel Green with a contrasting white roof, bonnet stripes, headlight rings and door handles. There are also flashes of red detailing, with red pinstripes on the bonnet decals, red brake callipers and a vintage Cooper Organization badge on the aspect scuttles.
The motor vehicle also options the range 74 on the doorways and bonnet, spending homage to the setting up range of a vintage Mini Cooper that received its initial race at the Snetterton Lombank Trophy.
Inside of, there are additional vintage Cooper Organization badges on the sill plates and steering wheel, with the rest of the interior trimmed in Dinamica upholstery and piano black trim. The dashboard has also been supplied a unique touch, with signatures from John Cooper, his son John Cooper and grandson Charlie Cooper.
As a nod to the Mini’s motorsport endeavours, a door body emblem with John Cooper’s signature, a handwritten ‘1 of 740’ script and the terms “THE Sudden UNDERDOG” has also been additional.
The Anniversary Edition arrives equipped with MINI’s Navigation Additionally Pack (featuring an 8.9-inch touchscreen with navigation) and Ease and comfort Additionally Pack as conventional, and is only accessible in 3-door guise. Prices start out at £33,800 for the manual design, growing to £35,five hundred for the computerized. The JCW Anniversary Edition is accessible to purchase now, with just sixty of the 740 vehicles destined for the United kingdom.
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