That is good news John. I think dealers (sales people) like to make things more dramatic than they are. It sounded a bit strange. Still makes little sense why JWC's are not being delivered. Are cars after the initial few all special order?
I wonder at some point will they just start pumping out 2016's. When does the next year usually ship?
As a side note my wife was at the dealer today and ran into "Bumble Bee". He is the gentleman in the video and helps organize the Dragon event in NC. He told her the dealership would not let anyone drive it while it was on display. So She let him take it for a spin. As an mini track instructor he really put the JWC through the paces. Not sure who had a bigger smile, him or my wife.
Yes, I felt a bit embarassed to have to contact my MINI MA about that production run thing, but I felt I "had to" given the seriousness of such a statement! Those few of us waiting for the manual transmission JCW are in a small boat apparently, but there's still hope our MINI's will go down the line within the next month or so as 2015's!
I am not that familiar with how MINI plans & releases their next model years, since this is my first MINI too (just like you). But, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the 2016's start production in the late summer (August or September)...maybe sooner? My MINI dealer only had the one JCW...don't know about them getting another one as a demonstrator/in stock car. I doubt most dealers will carry JCW's as normal inventory cars...most if not all will be special order...but that holds true for most MINI's, since they are so individualized!
As for the test drive, I hear ya...my MA took me on a drive in the auto JCW they had just received in stock (I had already ordered my manual JCW before my test drive), and it was totally AWESOME!!! We headed onto a back road that was through the hills & woods with guiderails on one side, then the other, and mountainous terrain on opposite side, up and down...you name it we drove it FAST!!! I actually was very glad for the hand grip above the passenger door!!!
Next time though I need to take along a motion sickenss tablet to be safe! Holding onto the steering wheel is a whole lot easier than being a passenger on such a run imo!
I believe at one point we may have gone slightly "airborne"...I have never been in a car that handled like the JCW, and with that kind or torque and power, well, I truly don't think it gets any better!
So, keep pulling for me to get mine as soon as possible so I can enjoy it before next Winter (that's one thing I REALLY miss about living in Florida...I never remember worrying about driving conditions, except maybe in a hurricane!).
Keep it between the lines!