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The 2009 Mini Cooper JCW: a Mini Rocket at $29,200.

Running at 207 horses, the John Cooper Works (JCW) Mini Cooper can rip the track from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and reach top speeds of 148 mph. All these with the same 1.6-litre engine with a different cylinder head, a bigger turbocharger, and custom intake ports. The engine still uses the same Borg Warner unit found on the Cooper S but with a modified exhaust housing. A bigger catalytic converter and downpipe help expel exhaust gases into a racy looking cat-back exhaust. The mere 1.6 litre engine has 207 hp at 6000rpm, with 192 ft.-lb. of torque available from 1850 to 5600 rpm after the JCW modifications. Gas mileage drops by 1mpg less than the 175 hp Cooper S—25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

The JCW version transfers all the added power to the wheels through a larger clutch, modified transmission and BMW’s Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC). The BMW rig allows for better traction control and provides more power to the wheel with traction.

Suspension for the JCW version is stiffer and lowers the car down 10mm more. The car also features 12.4-inch, four-piston Brembo brakes up front and 11-inch brakes out back. Both pedal feel and stopping power are notches better over the regular version.

The interior is still standard Cooper S trim; grippy cloth seats, piano-black dash trim and an anthracite headliner. The John Cooper Works version will be offered in the same range of paint colors as the Cooper S.

The cheapest way to tear down the road these days may just be the Mini Cooper JCW which starts at $29,200. This is certainly good news to all Mini Cooper die-hards who are willing to pay extra for a chance to zip around the city and highways.

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