The newest MINI John Cooper Works has barely gone on sale and already tuners are taking a stab at squeezing more power from the hot little hatchback. Its heart and soul is a small yet punch 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that in standard configuration develops an impressive 231 bhp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm which compared to the old model represents a 10% increase in horsepower and 23% hike in torque.
For those who feel the need for even more power, Maxi-Tuner has just the right fix for that as they have elaborated a plug & play solution to remap the engine’s ECU and squeeze additional oomph. As a consequence, the output has increased by a significant 29 bhp and 70 Nm to a grand total of 260 bhp and 390 Nm.
Maxi-Tuner doesn’t provide any performance figures, but rest assure it is faster than the regular 2015 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) which needs 6.3 seconds until 100 kmph when working with the standard six-speed manual transmission whereas with the optional six-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox the sprint time is lowered to 6.1 seconds. Based on these figures, we expect the tuned variant to drop below the 6 second mark while the top speed probably goes beyond the standard 246 kmph.
Besides the power bump, the MINI JCW can also receive an optional sports exhaust system (with flap control) that comes with custom 70 mm tailpipes, but the customer can decide to keep the standard exhaust tips.
Hopefully these power upgrades have not increased fuel consumption compared to the standard variant which can return 17.5 kmpl with corresponding CO2 emissions of 133 g/km in the EU test cycle.
As a reminder, the latest generation MINI is on sale right now in India, but details about the range-topping JCW edition are not available at this point.