I’ve always had a soft spot for properly equipped MINI Coopers, much like the ones on the modern-day “Italian Job” movie. Part of me wanted to be like Mark Wahlberg and drive like a complete idiot around town in a tricked out MINI Cooper S with some performance mods and nice wheels. In an attempt to “trick out” a MINI from the factory, the John Cooper Works British marque is proudly worn on a select number of MINI Cooper vehicles in modern-day form, like the new 2022 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible that I had a chance to check out this week for review.
The new 2022 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible looks to be a modern interpretation of a MINI with a bit of performance flare and a multi-purpose drop-top. The new MINI John Cooper Works gets its performance flare from the latest of the brand’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Being derived from the BMW powertrain parts bin, the MINI John Cooper Works engine is a lively thing that has a center-exit exhaust that sounds the business. However, there’s a bit more extra weight that’s felt in the convertible platform and some unwanted characteristics about the way it drives, such as some body jiggle and cowl-shake when going over road imperfections.
MINI vehicles traditionally handle well and often encourage an urge to drive crazy like the Charlie Croker character does in the Italian Job movie. While that street-hooning looks like a blast, my 2022 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible test vehicle doesn’t feel inspired enough for all that gold-heist fun. Instead, it feels somewhat lackluster and hindered by its rough and loosely grounded ride quality even though it has adaptive dampers as part of an optional Iconic trim package. That’s not to say the MINI is slow, it’s just not as refined as I hoped or near as enjoyable as previous iterations of MINI Coopers I’ve driven and reviewed in the past.
By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:42:35 +0000