New Mini John Cooper Works Photos Surface Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Debut

December 11, 2014

MINI just revealed its all-new sporty hardtop MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) ahead of its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January next year. Basing from the images that are making their rounds on the Internet, the JCW is hotter and sportier than ever.

The production version of the new hardtop almost shares the same look as the concept version that was rolled out by MINI during this year’s Detroit event. It receives a couple of styling upgrades, which include refreshed LED headlights, larger front intakes, body-colored side sills, deeper rear bumper, centrally-mounted chromed twin exhausts and a more prominent roof-mounted spoiler. Inside, it is furnished with new sports steering wheel, improved front seats, stainless steel pedal covers and a JCW badge.

This front-wheel drive hardtop is motivated by a similar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine available in the Cooper S. However, this one has been revised to deliver higher output of up to 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, befitting the JCW’s sporty character. This is the most sophisticated engine MINI has added to its production vehicle, making the JCW its most powerful hardtop yet.

A six-speed manual and six-speed automatic with paddle shifters are the available choices for transmission. The JCW is also equipped with an electronic differential lock, which will help it carve through corners with ease. Other notable sporty features of this new hardtop are a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels with 2015/45 profile tires, Brembo brakes and an optional adjustable damper. All these combined allows the JCW to run from 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds at a maximum speed of 153 mph, according to MINI.

Traditionally, JCW models are the most expensive vehicles in MINI’s lineup. As such, it is likely that this new model would also carry a hefty price tag once it hits showrooms. Exact pricing of this new vehicle will be revealed as it nears its official launch.

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