For “convertible of the year 2016” there was a wide range of combatants. Everything from purpose-built sports cars such as the new Fiat 124 Spider to drop-top variants of hot hatchbacks. Each promoted a fun-filled driving experience and that unique wind in your hair element of alfresco motoring. On a crisp autumn morning, deep inside the New Forest, it dawned upon us that there was one convertible car that clearly stood above the rest this year. Inside Lane Convertible of the Year 2016 is the Mini Convertible John Cooper Works.
The tin-top Mini JCW is a riot! It’s torque filled turn of pace and rude soundtrack never fails to put a smile upon our faces. We first drove the latest generation Mini Convertible in Portugal earlier this year and found that the engineers had done a cracking job when it comes to increasing structural rigidity. The thought of a convertible JCW had us salivating and when we finally got the keys, it didn’t disappoint.
228 BHP and that WRC imitating exhaust wills you to push the car and truly see what this chassis has to offer. A quick change of direction and loads of grip make it exploitable. Better than just being fast and good to drive, the new Mini Convertible John Cooper Works has bags of character. Its big round eyes and short overhangs are unmistakably Mini. To top it all of, a premium interior bathes you in ambient lighting when you decide to go for a midnight cruise with the roof down.
Inside Lane Convertible of the Year 2016 is the very deserving Mini Convertible John Cooper Works.
Check out this cars full written road test and also the video review below.