If you are rich enough to afford a John Cooper Works with a fabric roof, you probably don't care about voiding the warranty and all that. So just go to AC Schnitzer and ask them to take your car all the way to 265 PS and 390 Nm (288 lb-ft) of torque.
That's what they offer. We expected more from a freaking 2-liter turbo, as tuners have gone to 300 quite easily. However, the convertible body is not rigid enough to cope with too much strain.
The gallery below and the adjacent video are all about the JCW Cabriolet. It's got a new engine cover, the AC Schnitzer exhaust system, star-shaped wheels and a little spoiler. Seriously, this is the most powerful convertible MINI ever made, and it's green with a little spoiler.
More power than a Ferrari 398 GTBIn 1975, the Ferrari 308 GTB produced 255 PS from its 2.9-liter V8 engine. I bet it wasn't as reliable or easy to drive as the MINI. So why are the Brits playing with greens and browns so much?
If you are scared of power or taxes, there ae other packages available from AC Schnitzer. For example, the regular Cooper's 1.5-liter can be boosted from 136 to 170 PS. That's the way it should have been from the factory if you ask us. As for the Cooper S's version of the 2.0, its output can be raised from 192 to 235 PS.