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2012 JCW Mini Conv for sale $14,999

Old 03-12-2019, 10:49 PM
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Default 2012 JCW Mini Conv for sale $14,999

Incredible, optioned out, hard to find Mini. Purchased in Raleigh, NC as a commuter car, relocated back to IN and now it's a 4th car. New tires: Yokohama YK 740 GTX, new complete rear brakes and pads, replaced valve cover and gasket, CravenSpeed heavy shift **** and aluminum brake lever. Sport mode, Brembos, 208 HP, amazing handling, HD and satellite radio, bluetooth. Rear seats fold down for great storage - it's a Mini! Summer is coming - this is the Mini you want! Always garaged and detailed.

This car can be driven anywhere. Head turner.
Performance: The best-handling FWD car ever
For starters, there's more than enough power -- probably too much for your average Mini driver. There's enough grunt available before the turbo spools up so that the JCW never feels laggy. However there is a night-and-day difference between the zippy below-4,500rpm performance and the neck-snapping push that's generated when the turbocharger starts whistling. A weighty manual gearbox slips almost effortlessly between its six well-spaced gears with a flick of the wrist, making it easy to keep the revs up and the turbo spinning. The gas and brake pedals were nicely spaced for heel-toeing.

It is, however, a motorsports weapon. The JCW Coupe is suspended over sticky tires with stiff sidewalls and even stiffer springs. It claws at the asphalt around every bend, generating fantastic grip and communicating the very texture of the road up through its chunky steering wheel. Like most front drivers, the JCW will push understeer through a turn if you overdo it. But with the grip and information provided by the suspension and chassis, it is remarkably easy to feel and control the vehicle's weight transfer to keep the car neutral and balanced when approaching, apexing, and exiting a turn. Stand the car on its nose by trail-braking the large, four-piston Brembo brakes and you may even be able to eke out a bit of grin-inducing oversteer. Simply put, the John Cooper Works Coupe is easily one of the best-handling (if not the best) front-wheel-drive vehicles that I have ever driven. Over a smooth surface like you can expect to find at your local autocross or track day event, there's simply nothing negative to say about this car's handling.
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