Ford Stock – Ford Fiesta ST Vs. Mini Cooper John Cooper Works
Which hot-red, hot hatch heats you up?
For decades, the hot hatch formula has been a successful approach to driving fun. Adding more horsepower and other tweaks to an existing platform is a no-brainer way of attracting enthusiast customers who still need their car to handle their daily needs of carrying people or things. This edition of Auction Dilemma looks at two B-class pocket rockets with great reputations for affordable amusement. We’ll check out at a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST up for auction at Doug DeMuro’s carsandbids.com and an ebay.com auction for a 2013 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works edition.
2014 Ford Fiesta ST
While the Fiesta still enjoys a robust following in Europe, Ford killed off the U.S. model after the 2019 non-SUV purge. So, while this Fiesta is not a collector’s car, it represents a not-so-long-ago time when you could buy something from an American brand that wasn’t an SUV. This relatively clean two-owner 2014 Fiesta ST sports a Race Red exterior, 51,000 miles on the odometer, and an accident-free registration history in Florida and Louisiana.
Interestingly, the listing shares that the car has a dealer-installed Mountune engine kit that reportedly kicks output up to 215 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque (from the original 197 hp and 202 lb-ft). A Mountune high-flow exhaust and Mishimoto catted downpipe add to the aftermarket upgrades. A six-speed manual connects that 1.6L turbo four-banger to the front wheels.
The gray interior in this four-dour hatch features power-adjustable, heated Recaro front buckets covered in leather and fabric, a power moonroof, aluminum sport pedals, and Sony audio system.
2013 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works
The John Cooper Works (JCW) marque dates back to 1961 as Mini’s in-house tuner division created by John Cooper, the inventor of the first mid-engine open-wheel racing car, and original Mini Cooper creator. A standalone JCW brand was later developed by Cooper’s son and subsequently sold to BMW after the German automaker’s purchase of the Mini brand. While not as practical and spacious (relatively) as the four-door Fiesta ST’s four, the Red two-door JCW version of the Mini is highly regarded for its ride-on-rails driving dynamics. This two-owner 2013 model reports an all-California accident-free history and around 92,000 miles on the odometer. While condition details are sparse, the photos appear to show a Mini in good condition despite its higher mileage.
Under the hood, this Mini JCW enjoys a turbo 1.6L four-cylinder that was factory rated for 208 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. A substantial upgrade from the base model’s 121 hp and 114 lb-ft and a 15% horsepower bump from the turbo in the mid-tier Cooper S model. Front-wheel-drive power is managed via a six-speed manual.
The black leather interior is complemented by body-color accents, heated front seats, and Mini Connected infotainment system.
Tiny And Mighty: What’s Your Choice.
These very red fun-to-drive subcompacts capture the very essence of a hot hatch but with a choice of two- or four-door body style. The Ford Fiesta ST has a $7,100 high bid with five days remaining on the auction as of this writing. The Mini JCW auction is running for another four days and has a $4,100 high bid.
Sources: carsandbids.com, ebay.com, Ford, miniofdalas.com
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