2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop S / JCW

Dec 4th
When engineering the 2015 John Cooper Works, the most powerful production model in its history, Mini started somewhat paradoxically, with the brakes. And indeed, the brakes are utterly fabulous. Red-painted Brembo front calipers are so large that the wheel offsets needed to be increased. (Consequently, fairings on the fender arches were also added.) When called upon, the binders bring the…
2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop S / JCW

Nov 15th
Mini’s U.S. lineup is rife with choice, from the basic two-door and four-door Cooper Hardtops to the Clubman wagonette to the crossover-y Countryman to the Cooper convertibles. Factor in three engines and two transmissions, and Cooper derivatives number in the dozens. Now consider that Mini’s home market of Great Britain gets everything we get, plus four additional powerplants. Should we…