The 2016 Mini John Cooper Works is a fun little hatch, but there's always room for improvement, especially for track days. With that in mind, the automaker is unveiling the new Mini John Cooper Works Challenge, a limited- and special-edition model featuring just enough upgraded hardware to make the hatch a stronger track toy.
To build the new JCW variant, Mini looked to the hardcore JCW race car that competes in the Mini Challenge series in the U.K. (thus the name). Among the upgrades is a limited-slip differential from Quaife and a suspension setup from Nitron that allows for quick adjustments to the damper units and camber. Mini opted to go with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are 215 millimeters wide, which are half an inch wider than the stock JCW. Combined with the 17-inch Team Dynamic Pro Race wheels, Mini says it has shaved 5.5 pounds of unsprung weight at each corner. Rounding out the important hardware upgrades are Mintex brake pads and Brembo calipers.
The twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 is untouched and still produces 228 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is the only gearbox available. Visual details include White Silver paint, red accents, a JCW Pro aero kit, and carbon fiber accents.
The Mini JCW Challenge will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month before going on sale. The bad news -- Mini says it'll only build 100 units and won't sell them outside of the U.K. That said, the upgrades are fairly easy to replicate, and could probably be done at a lower price -- the JCW Challenge will retail for 32,000 British pounds or about $45,340.