Quicksilver-blooded hipsters of all sizes will be cheered to know that the winds of early spring have blown the 2022 model year MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop and Convertible into the auto news.
Tops on the list of changes for the pair is a bevy of body improvements, including a new rear diffuser, large side openings, and altered side scuttles. MINI updated its Adaptive Suspension for the sport models as well, adding frequency-selective damper technology adjusts to changes in the road surface; the upshot is improved dexterity and steering response when things get quick.
Both JCW models come with MINI’s 2.0L four-cylinder and TwinPower turbocharging, delivering up to 228 hp and 235 pound-feet of torque at peak. The JCW Hardtop comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed Steptronic can be optioned; the soft-top comes with the automatic as standard.
The list of interior and tech features includes a new central instrument cluster with an 8.8-inch touchscreen and new operating system for simplified control of navigation, communication, audio and apps; live widgets are available for 2022.
Pricing starts at $33,750 for the hardtop and $39,750 for the convertible.