February 26, 2003

Minis modified by John Cooper Works to be shown at Geneva Motor Show

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Geneva, Switzerland – BMW Group’s Mini division will show two more powerful versions of the Cooper and Cooper S models at the Geneva Motor Show. A John Cooper Works tuning kit for the Cooper includes a modified cylinder head with higher compression, altered engine electronics, and a special air filter and muffler. Maximum horsepower jumps from 115 to 126 horsepower at 5,750 rpm. The Cooper by John Cooper Works has a top speed of 204 km/h and an acceleration of 8.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. 80 to 120 km/h in fourth gear takes only 10.1 seconds.

The modified Cooper S includes a more powerful and higher revving supercharger. Horsepower jumps from 160 to 200 horsepower at 6,950 rpm and a top speed of 226 km/h. 0 to 100 km/h takes only 6.7 seconds. 80 to 120 km/h takes 5.6 seconds. In order to be able to use the new compressor with the higher rpm level and load pressure, modifications to the cylinder head and the engine electronics were necessary.

John Cooper Works also offers sports seats and unique 18 inch wheels. The sides of the sports seats are raised for improved lateral hold, the shoulder area is reinforced and the thigh support can be adjusted to provide greater comfort and safety. The seats are available in nearly all regular colour and upholstery designs and can also be ordered with seat heating. The Easy-Entry function remains unchanged. The wheels in a star spoke design run on 205/40R-18 inch tires.

In Europe, John Cooper Works also modifies racing Minis for the John Cooper Challenge, the first racing series for the new MINI in which up-and-coming drivers and young talents can battle it out head to head. Headed by Mike Cooper, the John Cooper Works manufactures the tuning and retrofit kits for the racing cars. This year will see the John Cooper Challenge continued at renowned venues such as Goodwood or Silverstone. One of the 10 racing locations is even planned outside of Great Britain in Croix en Ternois, France. For detailed up-to-date information please see www.johncooperworks.com

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