New for 2006, the MINI Cooper two-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback with the John Cooper Works GP Kit provided a power boost to the standard MINI models while still delivering acceptabl...
New for 2006, the MINI Cooper two-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback with the John Cooper Works GP Kit provided a power boost to the standard MINI models while still delivering acceptable gas mileage.
The factory-installed kit included an upgraded transmission, exhaust system, and brakes, as well as an engine performance upgrade that kicked horsepower up to 207, and pushed the MINI from 0 to 60 in about six and a half seconds. Lighter 18-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential, and a tighter sport suspension were also part of the package.
Inside, the John Cooper Works edition received carbon-fiber trim on the dashboard and special badging. Other standard features included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, dual front and side airbags, an AM/FM stereo system with a CD player, remote keyless entry, heated front seats, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Drivers felt that the John Cooper Works package made a quick car even quicker, and noted that the specially equipped MINI Cooper had pinpoint handling, comfortable seating, and sporty styling. Most drivers noted that the back seat was a tight fit for anyone older than a teenager, and that the ride could be a little too stiff at times, but overall drivers gave the MINI Cooper high marks.