Thanks to AC Schnitzer.
Back in April, Mini gave the current-generation John Cooper Works a second facelift, with new standard equipment, a more high-tech interior, and a more refined exterior. It was probably only a matter of time before the updated John Cooper Works attracted the attention of aftermarket tuners looking to spruce up the styling and give it a performance boost. AC Schnitzer is no stranger to customizing BMWs and Minis, and now the German aftermarket tuner has revealed its latest custom project: meet the new Mini John Cooper Works Convertible LCI II.
Based on the 2022 Mini JCW Convertible, the custom hatchback receives a performance upgrade. As standard, the Mini JCW Convertible is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four gasoline engine generating 228 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, but the tuner has increased output to 265 hp. It sounds more aggressive too, thanks to AC Schnitzer's stainless steel exhaust system with tips available in chrome, black, or carbon.
In addition, a sprint kit lowers the convertible's ride height by around 0.7-1.18 inches at the front and 0.9-1.3 inches at the rear, resulting in improved cornering due to the lower center of gravity.
The custom hatchback rides on a set of AC1 alloy wheels that can be finished in a dual-tone finished, grey, or black, wrapped in 19-inch tires.
As part of the facelift, the 2022 Mini JCW is fitted with a larger grille with red accents, more prominent air intakes, and a new diffuser. AC Schnitzer clearly thought these changes were too subtle and has added a new sporty front grille, splitter, and custom decals for the hood and sides. The sporty flourishes continue inside the cabin, which features aluminum pedals and a black aluminum cover for the iDrive system controller with an AC Schnitzer logo.