MINI at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS)







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: October 18, 2013
Categories: MINI, MINI Car Shows

Nasrec, Johannesburg – With seven models and up to eight engine variants, a uniquely diverse range of paint finishes, interior designs and options and a constantly growing program of accessories, the British brand MINI sets the benchmark for individualised driving pleasure more than ever before. The original within the premium segment of small cars has now established itself in the compact class and penetrated additional target groups with models such as the MINI Hatch, MINI Coupe, MINI Countryman and the MINI Paceman. In so doing, MINI continues its tradition as a supplier of globally successful and classless automobiles which it started more than 50 years ago.

Johannesburg motor show

At the 2013 JIMS, MINI presents the selection of top-level sports cars for extreme driving fun – the John Cooper Works models. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman will combine mouthwatering sporting flair and inimitable style to usher in a new dimension in driving fun. The seventh top-class athlete in the John Cooper Works range blends the overall concept of the first Sports Activity Coupé in its class with powertrain and chassis technology developed on the back of extensive motor sport expertise and the standard presence of ALL4 all-wheel drive.

Furthermore, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, fitted with the most powerful engine in the MINI model range and equipped as standard with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, will assure drivers of extreme driving fun at the 2013 JIMS.

The MINI John Cooper Works Coupe, the brand’s first model to adopt a classical three-box structure with a strikingly stepped rear end, will show a more focused go-kart feeling.

Embodying pure racing tradition which has been carefully cultivated over more than five decades, will be the three door MINI John Cooper Works.

Extreme sports performance, inimitable style: The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman combines mouth-watering sporting flair and inimitable style to usher in a new dimension in driving fun. The seventh top-class athlete in the John Cooper Works range blends the overall concept of the first Sports Activity Coupé in its class with powertrain and chassis technology developed on the back of extensive motor sport expertise and the standard presence of ALL4 all-wheel drive. The driver and passengers can lap up the resultant sensation of race competition and the interior’s characteristic sports car ambience from four individual seats.

A new addition to the compact segment: a Sports Activity Coupé with a racing flavour.
The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman takes to the stage as the stand-out sporting tool in a new category of car. The new model sees the compact Sports Activity Coupé concept wrapped up in an extra layer of muscular proportions and dynamically stretched lines.

The performance-maxing character of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman is further emphasised by an aerodynamic kit, which features as standard alongside lowered sports suspension and 18-inch light-alloy wheels. The selection of exterior paint finishes includes Chili Red, which can also be specified – exclusively on the John Cooper Works model – as a contrast shade for the roof and exterior mirror caps, as well as for the Sport Stripes.
Engine and gearbox: top performance as standard, automatic transmission optional.

The 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine powering the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman boasts a twin-scroll turbocharger, petrol direct injection and variable valve control based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology. It develops output of 160 kW and peak torque of 280 Newton metres, which can be increased to 300 Newton metres for short periods between 2,100 and 4,500 rpm courtesy of the overboost function. The sports exhaust system provides this power delivery with a suitably stirring soundtrack.

The engine sends its power through a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although a six-speed automatic is also available as an option. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds – with either gearbox – on the way to a top speed of 226 km/h (manual) or 224 km/h (automatic). The engine’s inherent efficiency and extensive MINIMALISM technology ensure exceptionally low fuel consumption and emissions for this output class. The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman posts average fuel consumption of 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres (automatic: 7.9 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions of 172 grams (automatic: 184 grams) per kilometre in the EU test cycle.

ALL4 all-wheel drive delivers unbeatable poise, assurance and sporting ability.
The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman sends its extreme engine power to the road through all four wheels. Its ALL4 all-wheel-drive system uses an electromagnetic centre differential to distribute drive seamlessly between the front and rear axles – and, in so doing, optimises traction, driving stability and agility through dynamically taken corners.

Chassis modifications to the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman include firmly tuned springs and dampers, strengthened anti-roll bars, a 10-millimetre lower ride height and a braking system with red callipers. The DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system comprises DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode, and the standard Sport Button allows the driver to tweak the engine’s responses and soundtrack, as well as the power assistance provided by the steering.

Interior with lounge-style surroundings and sports car ambience.

Field of View (FOV) Video of MIni at the Johannesburg Motor Show 2013

The MINI John Cooper Works Paceman lays on four seats and 330 litres of boot capacity. The two rear seat backrests can be folded down individually, increasing the amount of load space to as much as 1,080 litres. These individual seats give the rear compartment a lounge-like ambience to go with the cockpit’s typically John Cooper Works sports car environment. Central features up front include bespoke sports seats, a sports steering wheel, interior trim strips in Piano Black, an anthracite-coloured roof liner and dark-coloured dials for the speedometer and rev counter.

Standard specification also features air conditioning and the MINI Boost CD radio, while the optional extras available for the regular MINI Paceman, MINI Connected technology, model-specific options and John Cooper Works accessories provide an extra boost to comfort and individuality.

Extreme driving fun on any terrain: The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

For the first time, the passion for racing can be enjoyed in combination with four-wheel drive. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, equipped as standard with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system and powered by a newly developed turbocharged four-cylinder engine, lays on extreme driving fun on any terrain. Together, its powertrain and chassis technology – developed on the back of extensive motor sport expertise – and the overall concept of the first MINI with five doors and four/five seats allow the hallmark characteristics of a John Cooper Works model to take the leap into another new segment.

New generation of engines, unbeatable output, automatic gearbox available as an option.
The latest-generation twin-scroll turbocharged engine features not only petrol direct injection but also variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology. The version of the 1.6-litre four-cylinder fitted in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman develops maximum output of 160 kW, and its peak torque of 280 Newton metres can be increased to as much as 300 Newton metres for a short time using the overboost function. The sports exhaust system ensures that this impressive power delivery enjoys the soundtrack it deserves.

Available as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox is an optional six-speed automatic. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman requires just 7.0 seconds – in manual or automatic guise – to sprint from rest to 100 km/h on its way to a maximum 225 km/h (automatic: 223 km/h). However, the optimised efficiency of the engine and the array of MINIMALISM technology (not available in South Africa) on board keep fuel consumption and emissions impressively low given the performance available. Indeed, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman records average fuel consumption of 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres (automatic: 7.9 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions of 172 grams (184 grams) per kilometre in the EU test cycle.

The first John Cooper Works model with all-wheel drive.
The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is the first member of this ultra-sporting family to channel its engine’s extreme output onto the road surface through all four wheels. Its ALL4 all-wheel-drive system distributes drive seamlessly between the front and rear axle using an electromagnetic centre differential. This means power is always sent to the wheels where it can be transferred most effectively into forward propulsion.

Standard equipment also includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Twin Spoke design, red brake callipers and sports suspension with firmly tuned springs and dampers, strengthened anti-roll bars and a 10-millimetre lower ride height. The DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system includes DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode, while the standard Sport Button tweaks the engine’s responses and vocal character, and adjusts the power assistance provided by the steering.

Unmistakable: four doors, large tailgate, standard-fitted aerodynamic kit, sports car ambience in the cockpit.
At 4.13 metres in length and with four doors and a large tailgate, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is equipped to deal with anything life in the urban jungle – and beyond – can throw at it. And it does so in an inimitably sporty manner. The standard aerodynamic kit, for instance, gives the new John Cooper Works model eye-catching looks and optimises the flow of air around its body. Customers can choose from a selection of seven exterior paint colours, while the contrast paint finish for the roof and exterior mirror caps is offered in a shade of red available exclusively for John Cooper Works models, as well as white and black.

Inside the car, the impressive practicality of the MINI Countryman concept is laced with sporting flourishes. The rear compartment offers a seat bench for three passengers or – as a no-cost option – two individual seats. The rear seats can slide fore and aft in a 60 : 40 split (if the three-seat bench is specified) or individually, and their backrests can be adjusted for tilt or folded down. Folding the backrests increases boot capacity from 350 litres to a maximum 1,170 litres. Bespoke sports seats, a sports steering wheel, Piano Black interior trim strips, an anthracite-coloured roof liner and dark speedometer and rev counter dials all help to generate a sports car ambience.

Options available exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman include 19-inch light-alloy wheels, sports seats with Lounge Leather trim in
Carbon Black Championship Red, and interior trim strips and Sport Stripes in Chili Red. Air conditioning and the radio MINI Boost CD are both fitted as standard, but customers can also order their cars with all the comfort and individuality-enhancing options available for its MINI Countryman stablemates, as well as a full complement of MINI Connected features and bespoke John Cooper Works accessories.

An extreme athlete in peak form: MINI John Cooper Works Coupe.

The exceptionally sporty MINI models bearing the John Cooper Works badge hold a very special status within the model range. Features such as engine technology derived directly from motor sport mark them out from the norm. The MINI John Cooper Works Coupé adds another top-class athlete to the MINI ranks. A 155 kW four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection imbues it with unrestrained power, giving it the tools to do what MINI does best – entertaining drivers – even better.

The 1.6-litre engine under the bonnet of the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé is largely the same as the unit powering the competitors in the MINI CHALLENGE Clubsport series. Numerous technical details originate directly from developments in motor sport, including the aluminium cylinder block and bearing mounts, reinforced pistons, a particularly high-strength cylinder head and lightweight crankshafts. The exhaust valves are sodium-filled to provide the extra cooling required by a turbocharged engine, and the intake camshaft features infinite phase adjustment. The modified turbocharger develops even greater charge pressure than the engine in the MINI Cooper S Coupé. The model-specific exhaust system can be identified from the outside by its polished stainless steel twin tailpipes, while its resonant soundtrack – best sampled from inside the cabin – adds a distinctive extra layer to the extreme sports machine’s character.

The engine generates peak output at 6,000 rpm and produces maximum torque of 260 Newton metres; the Overboost function pushes this figure up to 280 Newton metres for a short time. The instantaneous power development ensures imposing acceleration, the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé rocketing from a standstill to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 240 km/h. And yet average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is kept at an unusually low level for cars in this output class; the MINI John Cooper Works Coupé burns just 7.1 litres of fuel per 100 km and has CO2 emissions of 165 grams per kilometre.

Pure racing tradition born on the race track for the road: MINI John Cooper Works Hatch.

A MINI is always capable of more – both on the race track and on the road. And the John Cooper Works brand logo is unmistakable evidence of the premium British car’s maximum performance capacity. The MINI John Cooper Works embodies pure racing tradition, carefully cultivated over more than five decades. The three-door model brings racing feeling to everyday traffic – purist, uncompromising and focused. Expertise gained from ongoing involvement in racing is tapped into to provide extreme driving fun on the road, highlighted by model-specific exterior features and further intensified by a distinctive cockpit design.

The MINI John Cooper Works was developed in direct reference to the competition vehicle of the MINI Challenge Clubsport series and has a large number of components that ensure maximum performance and reliability on the race track, too. These include model-specific details in the drivetrain technology where the construction, Steptronic function allows manual intervention in the choice of gear – either using a selector lever in the central console or by means of shift paddles connected directly to the steering wheel.

The MINI John Cooper Works sprints from 0 to100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, or 6.7 seconds with the automatic transmission. The top speed is 238 km/h and 236 km/h respectively. Average fuel consumption is 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres (automatic: 7.1 litres) and the level of CO2 emissions is 153 grams (165 grams) per kilometre.

In addition to the high-quality suspension with MacPherson spring struts at the front and the centrally guided rear axle that is quite unique in the subcompact segment, the Electric Power Steering is a further guarantee of safe and alluringly precise handling. The Electric Power Steering allows two control maps to be programmed. As an alternative to the balanced basic setting it is possible to select a dynamically oriented control map which provides higher levels of steering torque and increased precision. This is activated by the Sport Button which is positioned in front of the gearshift lever or selector lever in the centre console. The Sport Button also influences the accelerator control map and the engine sound, while in conjunction with the automatic transmission, the Sport+ shift program is activated by pressing the Sport Button. This mode shortens gearshift times, making for especially intensive acceleration manoeuvres.

The Sport Button is a standard feature of the MINI John Cooper Works. The sports brake system, likewise a standard feature, contributes to maximum agility. It is based on an engineering principle derived from motor racing and involves such elements as 4-piston fixed calliper brakes with inner-vented discs at the front wheels. The sports brake system can be recognised by the aluminium brake callipers finished in red and bearing the John Cooper Works emblem. The front brake discs have a diameter of 316 millimetres and a thickness of 22 millimetres, while the format of the rear brake discs is 280 x 10 millimetres.

The standard-fitted DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) also includes DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode and the Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC). The traction mode DTC facilitates setting off on loose snow or sand with light spin on the front wheels. EDLC – active in the DSC Off mode – acts as an electronically controlled blocking function for the differential on the drive axle, ensuring that when a drive wheel spins on a tight bend, the brakes are applied to it selectively and appropriately. The exclusive fittings of the MINI John Cooper Works include 17-inch light-alloy wheels in Cross Spoke Challenge design. They are fitted with 205/45 R17 tyres with emergency running properties, so that even in the event of complete pressure loss it is possible to drive on to the nearest workshop.

Black version of the light-alloy wheels is available as an alternative to the standard silver wheels at no extra charge and exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works. Standard trim also includes foglamps and a John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit with distinctive front and rear apron as well as specific side sills. The dual-pipe sports exhaust system not only creates a striking sound, it also adds a dash of visual flair with its centrally placed stainless steel tailpipes.

A distinguishing mark both in the lower air inlet and at the rear of the vehicle is the John Cooper Works emblem. The John Cooper Works inscription appears on the side turn indicator surrounds in chrome and the door sill strips. In the interior, the standard fittings of the MINI John Cooper Works boast a strikingly impressive elegance which is both simple and sporty in style. A three-spoke sports steering wheel finished in leather with red contrast stitching and John Cooper Works emblem on the centre spoke forms the interface between driver and sports machine. The anthracite-coloured roof liner, sports seats in the model-specific fabric Checkered John Cooper Works Carbon Black and the interior surfaces and door ellipses in highgloss Piano Black create a calm atmosphere which supports concentration on the road. The gearshift lever knob has a chrome ring with a shift pattern shown in red, while the gearshift lever and hand brake gaiter sport red contrast stitching. Another feature is a speedometer scale which goes up to 260 km/h, with an anthracite-coloured dial face.

The interior of the MINI John Cooper works provides space for four, and its storage volume can be extended from 160 to 680 litres by folding down the centrally split backrest. The standard comfort equipment of the MINI John Cooper Works includes air conditioning and the MINI Boost CD radio. Optional extras include Adaptive Xenon Headlights, electrically folding exterior mirrors, automatic anti-dazzle rear-view and exterior mirrors, automatic air conditioning, the MINI navigation system and a Comfort Access system.

Options available exclusively for the MINI John Cooper Works include interior surfaces in Chili Red, engine compartment lid stripes in the same colour, and a roof and exterior mirror cap finish in red.