The automaker MINI is reportedly working on an open top variant of the John Cooper Works (JWC) vehicle model. Although the car has yet to make its official debut, it was caught on camera recently as it was undergoing some factory tests to find out how well it could stand against the cold weather.
In terms of visual styling, this open top variant of the MINI JCW looks virtually similar to the hatchback version that the company introduced some time around the last North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that took place in Detroit earlier this year. However, the MINI JCW Convertible features an aggressively looking front fascia, complete with largely sized air intakes as well as honeycomb inserts for the front grille. Stepping to the sides and rear ends of the vehicle, the car comes equipped with dual exhaust pipes mounted on the center of the newly designed rear bumper.
Unfortunately, as you can see from the spy images enlisted here along with this article, we can’t really see what the interior holds for keen customers. Nonetheless, some believe that the car will have its cabin decorated with either fabric or Dinamica sport seats, to begin with. In addition to that, there may be stainless steel pedals and a sporty steering wheel as well. Buyers of the vehicle can probably even expect a piano black interior, a new instrument panel and a number of sill plates featuring the ‘John Cooper Works’ emblem.
As for its mobility, it seems that the MINI JCW Convertible is going to rely on a 2.0L 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine. If you remember correctly, this is the kind of engines that BMW often uses on its vehicle lineups. Well, MINI is a subsidiary of the aforementioned luxury German automaker so it is not really surprising, after all. This engine will give the open top MINI JCW a total power output and torque of 228 bhp and 320 Nm, respectively. This is enough to take the vehicle going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. However, it is a few seconds slower than the fixed roof variant.