Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
BMW's reintroduction of the Mini Cooper already blurs the line between a premium sports car and a versatile hatchback, but cars like this 2011 Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works take performance even more seriously. Featuring a slick black-on-black presentation, a very peppy 1.6L Inline-4 Turbo motor mated a 6-speed manual transmission, and relatively low mileage, this well-preserved, loaded, JCW Mini represents the best-of-the-best in modern Mini motoring.
America was reintroduced to the Mini in at the turn of the century, so by the time cars like this 2nd generation hot-hatch hit the dealerships we were already thirsting for them on this side of the pond. The look is immediately recognizable pretty much everywhere in the world, and universally loved by people from all walks of life, including petrol heads. A JCW package built on the Cooper S model is exactly what you get when you aim to move fast and look cool doing it, with an appearance package that's much more aggressive than your basic Mini gas-saver. 2011 ushered some changes for the model, including a reshaped front end with aggressive top-and-bottom grilles, a cool-looking hood scoop, redesigned bumpers fore and aft, new taillights, a new rear diffuser with exhaust cutouts, and an entirely new line of slick, oversized alloy wheels. The deep, Midnite Black Metallic paint is indeed the car's factory finish, and despite the 90K+ plus miles the finish looks very fresh, with only minor imperfections to speak of most of which could easily be remedied with a detailed buff-and-wax. White paint on the roof and side mirrors provides that great secondary color contrast that Minis have always been known for, and even the roof spoiler was painted white to really make it pop out from the top of the car. The hard plastic cladding on the lower body and fender flares are in great shape too, and with an electric double sunroof on the roof this JCW is practically a convertible. Just enough factory chrome was added to the JCW design to really kick up the hatch's curb appeal, and it's been neatly polished up to a bright bling that stands out against the dark exterior. The whole car fits together very nicely, which is both a testament to a vehicle that was engineered under BMW tutelage in Oxfordshire and the fact that it's only averaged about 9K miles annually.
Despite this Mini's JCW racing heritage emblazoned on the badges, there's actually reasonable room for four inside the Carbon Black cabin of this hot-hatch. Add in the versatility of a hatchback, and this is a genuine family car that can just as easily chew up the Nrburgring as it can the car-pool line at your kid's elementary school. Black leather seats fore and aft are all-day comfortable and very stylish, with sculpted and supportive buckets up front that are in excellent condition with only minor signs of use. Slip behind a grippy, leather-lined three-spoke factory wheel atop a tilt column and you'll instantly spot the big tachometer straight ahead that keeps an eye on jumping revs, with a large speedometer mounted in the center in this driver-focused machine, a la the original Austin Mini. The dash is in excellent condition with no cracks or fading of any kind, and there's a sporty 6-speed manual shifter inside a factory console between the seats that practically taunts you to cycle through some gears and drop the hammer down. As Mini's top-of-the-line offering, it's loaded with just about every power options and amenity you could get in 2011, and between the push-button starter, the booming stereo, and ice-cold A/C, most people would be miffed to learn this car is already 10 years old. You also get the modern safety convenience of multiple airbags and ABS, and the aforementioned double sunroof might be the car's coolest trim option.
There's a reason people clamor after this particular Mini, and it's all in the upgraded John Cooper Motorworks drivetrain and sport suspension. It's faster, firmer, and a whole lot more fun than just about any other Mini ever made. The JCW package only came on the already-exciting Cooper S model, yet added a 208HP version of the turbocharged 1.6L Inline 4 motor, a quick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission (equipped with hill-assist technology), along with a firm and racy suspension. Even with the low miles this particular JCW has been very well-maintained, with a recently rebuilt high-performance turbo and new pop-off valve topping the list of service items. The result is a ton of power for this lightweight rocket ship, and you have full control of it all with a responsive gearbox that's incredibly fun to cycle through up-and-down the throttle. The fully independent suspension, lively power steering system, and Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors make sure this retro car's performance lives up to the John Cooper name, along with continuing a revolution that crowned the first Coo
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