And a better suspension system.
A couple of months ago, Mini revealed its refreshed lineup of 2022 Hardtops and Convertibles. Then, we got our first taster of a Mini electric hot hatch in the form of an electric pace car for Formula E, but with the news last year that the John Cooper Works brand was set to become all-electric soon, we were interested to see how one of the last hot internal combustion-engined hatches from the brand would turn out. Well, the wait is over.
Meet the 2022 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Hardtop, with refined styling, more standard equipment, and a new operating system for the infotainment.
Styling changes for the new model include a bigger front grille with red accents, larger air intake ducts, redesigned fender badging, and a new diffuser. Under the hood, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot is unchanged and still provides 228 horsepower with 236 lb-ft of torque. Manual versions of the car are claimed to achieve 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds while those equipped with the optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission are two-tenths quicker.
Mini is also offering a new version of its adaptive suspension system with an additional valve that helps offer 10 percent greater damping force than before, giving you better handling dynamics.
Inside, new options include a heated steering wheel, lane departure warning, and stop-and-go for the adaptive cruise control. Rear parking sensors are newly standard while the 8.8-inch central infotainment display gets redesigned with a new operating display boasting fresh graphics and, for the first time, Live Widgets. New color modes for the driver's displays are also offered. Lounge mode gives you relaxing shades of blue and turquoise, while Sport gives you red and anthracite tones. These color modes can also be linked to driving modes, turning things red and gray when you switch to Sport driving mode. Finally, Mini has added Island Blue metallic and Rooftop Grey metallic paint options.
Whatever happens next for JCW, this hot hatch looks better than ever. Pricing and on-sale date are to be announced in due course.