Thinking of buying a John Cooper Works? Check out this wonderful review from Greig – one of our Facebook followers…
“Having owned 6 MINI’s from all generations over the past 10 years I can safely declare to be a MINI fanatic. My previous mini to my newest beast was a 2013 factory Works Clubman. Coming from this I new it would be hard to top and as such I owned this car for the past 3 and a bit years.
Last month I had cause to visit my local dealers in Stirling. It was here I saw for the first time the Generation 3 factory John Cooper Works F56 and I fell in love.
A short discussion later and I was out test driving this fire breathing dragon, the rest is history so to speak.
What can I say about MINI’s latest version of the John Cooper Works that’s not already been said. I’ll start with the interior because it’s here that MINI have made the greatest leaps in refinement. The interior is night and day on all the previous variants. Its clear to see the influence from BMW here but there is plenty evidence of mini too. The seats are also incredible much more supportive and a lot more luxurious than before.
I’ve heard criticism about how cluttered it looks but I simply don’t agree I think its stylish, refined and quirky Drive wise this car is probably as much fun as I’ve had in anything I’ve owned or driven before and I’ve had the pleasure of driving a lot of fast, nice cars over the years. The power delivery seems to be so much better and the car feels noticeably quicker and more responsive than before. The gear box is silky smooth and really compliments the drive. I must admit having test drove the auto box and this is scarily good and in truth looking back I would give this serious consideration now. The whole being engaged with the drive in a manual is true but the auto is so smooth and worth a look if you are considering.
There are one or two things that I don’t like so far. One would be the awful run flat tyres. Not a fan at all of these and they had to be the first thing to go. In doing that I also decided to get the wheels powder coated all black again not a fan of the diamond cut look that seems to be all the rage. The other issues are the smaller fuel tank which seems crazy which added to the 2 litre twin power turbo engines insatiable love of fuel doesn’t bode well. In the N18 gen 2 1.6 turbo engine, even when pushing hard in sport mode, you struggle to get a combined economy under 30 mpg in this latest version you are punished hard when you do decide sport mode is required, which for me is pretty much on continually. I’m just about to hit the first 1000 miles and so far my trip computer reads 23 mpg…. eeeek. I am told this will improve here’s hoping. I think more driving in standard mode and dare I say it ECO !! mode is required.
As far as modifications go apart from changing the tyres to Pirelli P zero’s, which are just magnificent, I’ve only made cosmetic changes, gloss black wheels, new stripes, red scoop, challenge wing mirror covers, gloss black light rings and fuel filler cap and the internal rear view cover also in the challenge colours.
What to do next though is tough. I may consider a small ride height drop, and theres one or two other styling tweaks that are going through my head. For just now I’m 100% happy, the new factory John Cooper Works is a stunning drive and won’t disappoint even the purest amongst us.”
Once again, a big thank you to Greig for taking the time to supply us with his review on his John Cooper Works!