Neither the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe JCW or the 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster JCW have received enough ratings to earn a valid Total Car Score.
Even so, the two newest models to wear Mini’s John Cooper Works badge have a number of obvious strong points, starting with their head-turning looks. Acceleration and handling are equally impressive, with dynamic qualities that better the Cooper S models on which they’re based. A long list of personalization options also means it's unlikely you'll ever pull up to a stoplight next to an identical example.
Reviewers have pointed out a few shortcomings. The JCW models in general are more expensive and less practical than their standard or S-model cousins. Their performance-tuned suspensions, while fun for weekend blasts on curvy mountain roads, can be a bit harsh during the tedious daily commute. And neither model has good rearward visibility, with blame falling on the Coupe’s rear spoiler and the Roadster’s folded top.
Having just been introduced, it's unlikely that either of these two-seat JCW models will see any major changes for the next two to three years.
The 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe JCW and 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster JCW are available in a single trim level.
Power comes from a reworked version of the Cooper S model's turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine boosted to put out 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard.
The list of standard equipment aboard both the JCW Coupe and Roadster includes 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded brakes, aerodynamic bodywork, fog lights, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, air conditioning and a CD stereo with satellite radio and six speakers.
Available options include adaptive xenon headlights, keyless entry/starting, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth and a premium 10-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system.
Considering these are high-performance models, both the 2012 Mini Cooper Coupe JCW and 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster JCW achieve excellent fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.
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