Only 100 will be built, and only for the UK.
The John Cooper Works Mini Cooper is currently the most powerful hardcore model in the Mini range. However, a 231-horsepower four-cylinder can't hold a candle to new hardcore models like the Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S, which boasts 305 hp. But Mini is set to strike back at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the John Cooper Works Challenge. This car will be based on the standard JCW and can match its 6.3 second 0-60 mph time. Only 100 Challenge models will be sold (all in the UK).
Needless to say this is Mini's most hardcore track car.The Challenge will come with coilovers and dampers from Nitron that are fully adjustable, with recommended settings for track and road use. There is a warning that the track mode is for track use only and engaging track mode requires a double-click from a special button. Track mode will likely take advantage of a limited-slip differential, and Mintex brake pads will help slow the hustle. On the inside, the Challenge comes with Carbon Black cloth seats with the build number placed on the passenger's side of the dash. The car will cost £32,000 in the UK (around $45,000) which is around £9,000 more than the standard car. Orders are now being taken with deliveries beginning later this year.