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IN THE TRACKS OF A LEGEND. THE MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS IN MONACO.

Nothing says extreme driving fun like the MINI John Cooper Works, which shows off its racing credentials in the place where it all began.

The streets of Monaco hold a special place in the hearts of many MINI fans. It was here that the pint-sized, classic Mini proved itself against the odds, with wins at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 65, and 67.

This was where MINI’s motor-racing heritage was set in stone, a heritage which has culminated in the creation of the latest John Cooper Works model. So, what better place to test drive it than through the winding streets, coastal paths, and mountain passes of the Monte Carlo circuit?

The new MINI John Cooper Works boasts a 170 kW/231 hp four-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology, a sports exhaust system and a model-based chassis with sports braking system and 17-inch John Cooper Works lightweight alloy wheels – in short, it’s more than up to the challenge. 

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Only in Monte Carlo can you go on a city tour as you drive around a genuine Grand Prix circuit – just be sure you go around clockwise like on race days.

Once you leave the city centre, you’ll take in breath-taking views across this principality by the sea. 

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The MINI John Cooper Works goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds and takes just 5.6 seconds to go from 80 to 120 km/h – a speed that leaves even blue-riband sports cars behind. This is reminiscent of the classic Minis driven by Paddy Hopkirk (1964), Timo Mäkinen (1965) and Rauno Aaltonen (1967), who always achieved outstanding successes against much bigger and more powerful opponents.

The car’s design exudes sophisticated understatement with its standard John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit and the striking rear spoiler, contrasting confidently with the princely residences in the centre of Monaco. 

JCW parked in city square