High-performance Mini revealed
The Mini John Cooper Works Concept has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Detroit motor show next month. Although it wears a “Concept” label, the show car is expected to be all but identical to the production hot hatchback that will go on sale next year, writes Leo Wilkinson.
The all-new Mini was unveiled on November 18, on what would have been original Mini creator Sir Alec Issigonis’s 107th birthday. Details of the new Cooper, Cooper D and Cooper S models were announced, but the new concept car gives a good idea of what the range-topping John Cooper Works (JCW) version will look like.
A range of cosmetic changes differentiate the JCW from lesser Minis. At the front there’s a new bumper, black grilles with red inserts and large air intakes in place of fog lights. Side skirts, 18in wheels, a tailgate spoiler and a rear bumper that incorporates a diffuser complete the makeover.
No technical details have been released, but the production JCW is expected to get a higher-output version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is used in the new Cooper S, where it develops 189bhp. The current Mini JCW develops 208bhp and the next generation version is likely to be boosted to about 220bhp.
Mini is expected to release more information at the Detroit show.
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