Embodying the pure definition of a niche model, the range-topping convertible Mini was revealed back in January, but it’s only now the car is receiving the proper attention at a car show.

With the exception of the retractable soft top, the new Mini echoes its hatchback sibling from where it has inherited the JCW-specific 17-inch wheels and the sports exhaust system. Opening or closing the electrically-operated fabric roof takes 18 seconds and it can be done at speeds of up to 18.6 mph (30 kph).

Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pushing out 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque delivered through either the standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed automatic. With the manual, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) takes 6.4 seconds which is a full two seconds less than its predecessor. Upgrade to the automatic and the task is completed in 6.3 seconds, representing a decrease of half a second compared to the old one.

In United States, the Mini John Cooper Works Convertible carries a starting price of $35,600 (plus destination and handling), so it’s quite expensive. Once you add several optional goodies, the price is likely to hit the $40,000 mark very fast. If you are willing to pay the rather prohibitive price tag, Mini says the flagship convertible will go on sale next month in United States.

Also enjoying its world debut, the all-wheel-drive Clubman ALL4 is on display nowadays in New York.

Gallery: 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible live in New York

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