If you want the most out of your MINI Cooper, John Cooper Works is the way to go. With 228 horsepower it's one of the most powerful cars the brand has ever produced and at around £23,000 in the UK - before options - it is pretty pricey. However, if the now German-owned MINI doesn't float your boat, maybe this "new" classic Mini Cooper will make you drool.
This Remastered Mini is a project done by David Brown Automotive, where they take a classic Mini and gave it modern technology. Thank God.
Each car will be custom-designed and hand-built, it will come with a bespoke chassis and custom-designed suspension. Thank God, again. It will also have four-piston brakes at each corner.
In the engine department, DBA is going to take the 1275cc engine from the Cooper S and 1275GT models and heavily recondition it, to make it more powerful and reliable. There are rumours as well saying that it will also come with the 1310cc engine from the Monte Carlo models.
Power is said to be around 90-100 horsepower, which doesn't sound much but is considerably more than the pathetic 76 horsepower that old Minis used to make. However, as a classic Mini owner, I can tell you that even a classic Mini still feels like a pocket rocket, so this remastered Mini with 100 horsepower and only 700kg should still be plenty quick and fun.
The original Mini's interior was fairly basic and was about as exciting as dinner with Al Gore. That's why DBA has given it a lovely interior, with a wood and metal steering wheel, soft and hand trimmed leather seats, as well as unique door trims. Not mention the color touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard that's compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The entry-level car starts at £50,000, and could go on for well over £70,000. Sounds a lot right for an old Mini? Well, think of it this way: the Eagle Speedster - a Jaguar E-Type that's been remastered as well with modern technology by Eagle - costs around £500,000. So this remastered Mini is only the fraction of the price compared to that. And to be fair this car will make it's public appearance at the Top Marques Monaco Show, where £50,000 is basically pocket money for the participants.