Mini has made a more intense version of the JCW hatch of which only 100 units will be made exclusively for U.K.

It has the same turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine with 231 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque as the regular John Cooper Works three-door hatch, but it comes with a lot of upgrades to justify the £32,000 (approx $58,500 CDN) price. That’s a substantial £8,950 (approx. $16,360 CDN) premium over the standard John Cooper Works and in return for the extra money you get an individually-numbered special edition model inspired by the MINI Challenge race car.

Work started on the outside where the body now features larger intakes at the front to improve engine cooling. As for the side profile, noticeable are the beefier wheel arches which were necessary to make room for the wider 215/45 R17 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires fitted onto the 17-inch Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 lightweight wheels. These new rims are 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) lighter than the car’s standard 17-inch alloys. The back of the car has also been the subject of a significant change, with the JCW Challenge now featuring a more prominent spoiler.

Mini John Cooper Works Challenge

Those 100 buyers will also get the JCW Pro Aerokit bringing lower front splitters, rear spoiler add-ons, a carbon fibre air intake, and side mirror caps made from the same lightweight material. There’s also a JCW Pro exhaust which provides the hot hatch with a more powerful soundtrack and at the same time it maximizes the flow of spent gases.

The Challenge version has grooved 330-mm front brake discs with four-pot Brembo calipers from the JCW Pro Accessories catalog, but in this case these are matched with Mintex pads created specifically for the special edition. You can only have the model with a six-speed manual gearbox, and all cars are fitted with a Quaife limited slip differential and an adjustable Nitron coilover suspension kit.

Mini John Cooper Works Challenge

Stepping inside the cabin, the Mini John Cooper Works Challenge comes with a dinamica/cloth carbon black finish and a piano black trim. The unique build number is located on the passenger side fascia and all cars come with plenty of goodies such as automatic wipers, rear park distance control, and adaptive LED headlights.

Already available on order, the JCW Challenge will take a bow at the Goodwood Festival of Speed set for June 23-26. It's important to mention you can’t customize the model as Mini UK will sell the limited-run model in only one specification, so you're stuck with the White Silver body featuring special graphics along with a contrasting black roof and mirror caps.

Source: Mini

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