Mini Announces Hardcore, Track-Focused JCW Challenge

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Mini has announced an even more extreme version its JCW performance model. Sadly this model won't be coming to South Africa as it's a limited edition purely for the UK market.

While the actual engine itself hasn't been upgraded, the rest of the Mini JCW Challenge receives numerous go-faster mechanical bits. Big front brakes, Nitron NTR R1 adjustable suspension, Quaife limited-slip differential and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber are the main performance changes, while most of the visual accessories from the Mini JCW catalogue have been applied. These include lower front splitters, rear spoiler add-ons for the already large roof spoiler, rear diffuser and rear splitters for additional aerodynamic performance. There's also a carbon fibre air intake, which further complements the look of this new model, as do the carbon fibre mirror covers.

At the rear, a JCW Pro exhaust features a carbon fibre tailpipe finish. This exhaust is unique, as its tone can be controlled via Bluetooth, giving you a choice of Sport or Track to entertain your ears. As mentioned earlier, power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor is unchanged and it continues to produce 170 kW and 320 Nm of torque. Power reaches the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The Mini John Cooper Works Challenge comes in a White Silver paint finish with unique graphics, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels finished in black paint. Only 100 units of this limited edition track toy will be built and they're all destined for the UK market only. We hope that a similar version for South Africa comes to market, as the idea of a track-focused Mini is a great one. 

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