THE MINI brand is loved by those in touch with their younger side and who are not afraid to showcase it.
A few weeks after I had tested the Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) hatchback, an invitation from Mini South Africa landed in my inbox for the launch of the new Mini JCW convertible.
The experience of the JCW hatch was as still as fresh as the morning dew when I attended the launch of the JCW convertible at Swartzkop Raceway, west of Pretoria.
The launch took place on the track with no road driving involved.
According to BMW SA automotive manager Benedict Maaga, the JCW brand will now be a stand-alone brand - just as their BMWM cars were.
The JCW convertible turned out to be a great performer on the track environment.
I can't say the same about the JCW Clubman which accompanied the convertible to the track.
The extra weight added to the rear of the Clubman did not help one bit on corners.
Who cares, no one will purchase the JCW Clubman for track sessions, right?
The launch day was filled with exciting moments.
The new Mini convertible simply begs the enthusiast to drive with the roof down - and comes with particularly sporting and dynamic features.
The JCW convertible has the same engine found in the JCW hatch.
This is a 1,6litre turbo-scroll producing 155kW of power and 260Nmf torque.
Like the hatch, the convertible is equipped with all the latest top-notch features.
They include electric power-steering, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, cornering brake control, dynamic stability control - and hill start-off assistance with dynamic traction control.
The JCW can be easily identified as it bears the 17-inch light-alloy wheels in John Cooper Works Cross Spoke CHALLENGE design and the low suspension.
Like I said, this is a great car for young speedsters out there who like a bit of real class.