High-per­for­mance Mini re­vealed

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Front Page -

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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