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With 231 horse power and a top speed of 153 mph this is one seriously quick car, a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds and plenty of mid range torque and the way in which it delivers it is a credit to the engineers at Mini.

The car that I borrowed from Broad Oak Mini in Canterbury was in metallic black with a red roof and fin spoiler, the car also had the optional but essential chill pack which among other extras gives you the stylish 19" alloys and alcantara seating. The car on the road starts from just over £23,000 and the demonstrator that I borrowed had around £10,000 worth of extras on it. With a 2-litre four-cylinder engine, the JCW feels fast in any gear. The auto might be faster, but the manual better suits the car's frenetic demeanour, and features automatic rev-matching on downshifts, loads of popping noises from the rear add to the fun factor of the JCW.

As I had the car for the day I took a scenic trip along the coast, Dover seafront provided a nice backdrop, moody clouds and some futuristic looking seating shelters provided a canopy over the top of the JCW hatch. A trip to the cobbled streets of Sandwich worked well for some close up images, an archway provided some cover in which to get some more detailed photos of the detailed areas of the interior and twin piped exhaust system. The Mini John Copper Works is now available at Broad Oak Mini in Ashford and Canterbury and if your in the market for a hot hatch, as a main car or for some weekend fun then this is a difficult car to beat, I would go steady on the options and tick the chilli pack and keep the rest standard as once you get over £30k you are in to Golf R and BMW M135i territory, 300bhp+ and more practicality.
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