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2009 MINI John Cooper Works Sportback
“The 2009 MINI John Cooper Works (takes) today's MINI to a whole new performance level… truly living up to the legendary John Cooper name.” - MotorWeek
MINIs wearing the John Cooper Works badge are the synthesis of the two legends.
Long known for its appealing combination of trim good looks, clever utilization of interior space, wheels-at-the-corners layout with go-cart like handling, and pure joy in the driving, the MINI fully qualifies as an automotive legend. Added to this legend is that of John Cooper Works (JCW), the British company founded in 2000 by Michael Cooper. His father, John Cooper, pioneered rear-engine race-car design and was responsible for the original Mini Cooper.
Beginning with the re-launch of the brand under BMW's manufacturing license and expertise, JCW produced tuning parts and performance accessories for the MINI. Mainly, these bits were dealer-installed upgrades. In 2009, however, the “John Cooper Works” version of the MINI arrived in dealerships from the factory fully prepared with Cooper's race-developed technology tailored to the street. The Cooper Works cars boasted an upgraded turbocharged version of the MINI's 1.6-liter four producing an impressive 211 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque for such a small car. The engine was also equipped with a Sport Mode: just push a button for even more aggressive engine-mapping. With a modified high-flow, higher decibel exhaust, the turbocharger delivered a 22% boost over that of the already entertaining Cooper S. Electric-assist steering, stability control, traction control, and electronically locking differential were all specially tuned to the John Cooper Works' unique handling characteristics. The transmission was a Getrag 6-speed manual. True to its sporting roots, no automatic transmissions were offered in these cars.This was a true “hot hatch.”
The MINI John Cooper Works Sportback offered here is an especially well-equipped, and very appealing example. Unlike (in our opinion) too many MINIs with their exteriors bedecked in stripes, Union Jacks, and loud colors, this car's optional Astro black metallic paint allows the car's visual design details to show to their best advantage. As a result, the optional aerodynamics package, the MINI's flared wheel arches, large chrome headlight bezels, hood scoop, and alloy wheels all make their respective visual contributions coming together in a pure, unified, “of a piece” statement. Only the red brake calipers hint at the excitement to come. Because as restrained as the exterior of the car is, inside, the splash of red from the optional leather lounge redwood seats, red lettering on the gauges and the gearshift knob, and red-and black door treatments (that are in themselves true works of automotive art) let occupants know they're riding in a special vehicle. Other interior options—from the convenience packages, to the premium package, to the center armrest—together with the optional sports suspension complete this compelling MINI JCW.
With a fresh $1600 full 4-wheel brake service, with just over 6,000 miles-per-year on the clock, and with a documented maintenance history, a full set of manuals as well as its original window sticker (a good indication that prior owners treasured the car and respected its iconic status), this MINI is in exceptional mechanical condition displaying true “garage kept” credentials. And at a very engaging price, we don't expect it will be in our garage for very long.