Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It's Now Known As The "John Cooper Works Family"

We have know for a while that MINI wanted to spin off the JCW models as a separate sub-brand.  Based on this Automobiles review article, the JCW models are a "Family."  The article describes the attributes of each of the next generation JCW models and says they:
". . . will now be equipped with innovations that are designed to provide driving fun combined with fuel economy. The latter will be achieved thank to a new-generation engine and other far-reaching powertrain innovations.
In particular, although the twin-scroll turbo engine develops the same levels of output and torque as its predecessor, it will now deliver quicker responses and lower fuel consumption and emissions. This and other technologies will help to enhance the efficiency of the John Cooper Works models.
In addition to that all of the models can be optionally mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will now be equipped with the MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system as standard."

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