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For performance- minded Mini Cooper buyers, the John Cooper Works package has always been a tempting option. Trouble is, relying on a dealership service tech — with six sets of foglamps to install before lunch and 17 afterward — to hook up a $4,800 tuning package can be a leap of faith. But trouble no more: the package will be a factory-fit option installed at the company's Oxford plant, starting later this year, according to AutoExpress. The 210hp JCW Minis also include a limited-slip differential, 16-inch custom wheels, front air dam, JCM badging, and a certificate of authenticity from Cooper Works. [Update: The guys at Motoring File set us straight on a few details.]

This package (code 3AL) will come with limited slip differential ($500), JCW Brake kit ($1056) and of course the JCW Engine Kit ($4775). Now add up those three and you get a surprisingly close idea of what the option costs. The factory JCW kit (including both options just mentioned) will retail for $6300.

The 16" disk-brake controversy is solved thusly:

The European version of the kit will come standard with the new 16" Bridge Spoke wheels instead of requiring 17" wheels. The Bridge Spokes (unlike other OEM 16" wheels) are designed to clear the JCW Sport Brake calipers.

MINI UK Announce Factory JCW Option [Motoring File]


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