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2024 MINI John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition: In-Depth Review

Learn about the thrilling performance of the 2024 MINI John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition in our in-depth review. Explore its unique features, powerful engine, and driving experience. Perfect for MINI enthusiasts!

The 2024 MINI John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition is a testament to the brand’s commitment to performance and style. This Special Edition promises an exhilarating driving experience with its powerful engine, agile handling, and distinctive design elements. In this comprehensive review, we’ll delve into the standout features, performance metrics, and overall driving dynamics of the 2024 MINI John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition. Whether you’re a long-time MINI fan or new to the brand, this review will provide valuable insights into what makes this Edition a must-have for driving enthusiasts.

MINI John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition Full Specifications:

  • Model: 2024 MINI John Cooper Works 3-Door 1to6 Edition
  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 228 hp @ 5,200 rpm
  • Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, FWD
  • Observed Fuel Consumption (L/100km): 9.2
MINI John Cooper

MINI has released a new special edition of its hottest hatch, the 1to6 Edition, to commemorate the manual transmission’s demise in the face of the electric age. The MINI John Cooper Works 1to6 Edition, which is limited to 999 units globally, adds some stylistic flair with Midnight Black paint and Piano Black exterior features. The front hood features a decal stripe, 18-inch Circuit Spoke rims, and 1to6 emblems on the C-pillar, side fenders, dashboard, steering wheel, sunroof, and door sill, as well as a 6-speed shift pattern symbol on the trunk lid. The interior also features a ‘One of 999’ sign on the left side of the dash.

And that’s it. Except for the badges, there are no performance boosts or items that cannot be specified with the basic JCW in the 1to6 Edition. That’s a good thing, given how engaging and complete the JCW is as a hot hatch, but we will be going to the dealership sometime soon to be on the waiting list. 

For those who appreciate limited edition models that commemorate significant milestones, other options to consider include the Porsche 911 Speedster Heritage Design Edition, which pays homage to the brand’s illustrious history, and the Ford Mustang Mach 1, a tribute to the iconic muscle car’s legacy. Both of these special edition vehicles offer unique design elements and exclusive features that make them standout options for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Nonetheless, the MINI JCW 3-Door has long been one of our most highly recommended hot hatches, especially in the face of dazzling newcomers such as the Toyota GR Corolla and Subaru BRZ. With its retro-modern appearance, stylish interior, and a plethora of configurable choices, the JCW wins not only on performance but also on emotion.

Cooper Works 1to6 Edition

It begins the moment you get into the MINI. Sink into the contoured seats and enjoy the great driving position. A spacious footwell and a telescoping steering wheel that moves a long distance towards the driver are essential. This makes a huge difference for taller drivers like us, who prefer sitting far back yet want the wheel closer to our chest so we don’t have to bend forward uncomfortably. We can practically sit in the MINI as if it were a GT car (but quite a Formula 1). It also helps that the driver gauges follow the steering wheel position, ensuring that it is always in the ideal viewing position beneath the rim.

The pedals and gear shifter are likewise at an ideal distance. The pedals have more motion than we’d like, and the clutch bite point is difficult to feel with your left foot; we got a better feeling of it from the engine snarl and little creep forward. It’s a manual that’s not as forgiving as a Honda or Subaru, and you have to be at the right RPM to get smooth gear transfers. Getting a clean first to second shift without lurching needs a lot of work. 

The MINI’s spacious footwell and telescoping steering wheel that moves a long distance toward the driver are essential for taller drivers like us, allowing us to sit far back yet have the wheel closer to our chest. This not only provides a comfortable and ergonomic driving position but also gives us the sensation of sitting in a GT car, enhancing the overall driving experience.

The manual does, however, enable automatic rev-matching when Sport Mode is activated, which may irritate purists who want to heel and toe. We found it useful in heavy traffic since it allowed us to give our feet a well-deserved respite from the three-pedal dance. While there is no option to turn off auto rev-matching in Sport, switching to Normal or Eco-driving modes does so.

Cooper Works 1to6

The big gear lever stands out and looks nearly aftermarket. The shifter travel is much longer than in the Toyota GR86 or Honda Civic Si, making it feel like you’re paddling a canoe. The gates are ambiguous due to their extended trip, yet they still think purposefully when you’re maneuvering them through the H-pattern.

Your left hand will then rest on the large steering wheel. It’s a straightforward design with few buttons or distractions, unlike the Mercedes, which has an abundance of buttons. The leather wrap and grips are thick, yet it feels thinner than earlier models. Those with tiny hands may still find it difficult to wrestle. However, we wish they had removed or placed the center armrest away from the handbrake. When the armrest is up, it gets in the way of our elbows while changing, and we can’t retract it far enough. It’s a slight yet noticeable ergonomic issue.

However, if you let go and give the JCW the full beans, it’s a very delightful experience. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.1 seconds, but it feels much faster. It is worth noting that the JCW 3-Door does not produce the same results as the Countryman JCW, which has AWD and makes 301 horsepower and 331 lb-ft. Could this little FWD platform handle those numbers without sticky tires and a more aggressive damper setup?

MINI modified the dampers, traction control, and differential so that the JCW feels neutral and balanced in turns. Lateral grip is incredible, and rushing through long, sweeping, 60 km/h corners is where the JCW sparkles and comes alive, providing an initial suggestion of understeer before settling into a surprisingly stable mid-corner dance that’s readily controlled with the throttle and steering. The car is more powerful than the Honda Civic Si and more edgy than the Volkswagen Golf R. However, it is not as entertaining as RWD rivals like the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ, which provide a more pure driving experience with unfiltered steering and a lively rear end.

Works 1to6 Edition

Despite its firmer springs than the MINI Cooper S, the JCW rides comfortably and is useful on a daily basis. The MINI is less comfy than the Golf R or as compliant as the Civic Si, but it handles bumps and pockmarked roads better than the GR86 or BRZ. The exhaust of the JCW has been toned down over the years and is no longer the raucous and adolescent soundtrack we have grown accustomed to, with few pops and bangs on throttle overrun – less of an angry beehive and more of a refined, mature, almost BMW inline-four sound.

The engine revs smoothly and without the harsh edges that are used to distinguish MINI’s boisterous engine notes, but roll down the windows, and you can still hear the whistling of the turbochargers and wastegates.

Seeing a manual shifter already makes us happy, but the new 1to6 Edition celebrates it in style with an all-black interior and three pedals. Faced with extinction, we’ve grown to appreciate the JCW for what it is, and we’ll keep enjoying its compelling driving until the lights go out.

 MINI has made noticeable changes to the exhaust system of the JCW over the years, transitioning from a raucous and adolescent soundtrack to a more refined and mature tone. While the pops and bangs on throttle overrun have been reduced, the engine still produces a distinctive whistle from the turbochargers and wastegates, ensuring that the JCW retains its unique character and a hint of its sporty heritage. 

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