MINI John Cooper Works Concept Defines Pint-Sized Performance

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MINI John Cooper Works Concept Defines Pint-Sized Performance
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An all-new MINI is ready to be released but if sporty dynamics and a scrappy demeanor isn’t enough for you a high-performance John Cooper Works version of the car is under development. Not surprisingly the company revealed just such a design study on day one of the Detroit Auto Show.

The MINI JCW looks suitably aggressive for a pint-sized performance machine. It rides on newly designed 18-inch wheels. It’s also dressed up in special side skirts, a rear apron as well as a diffuser element. Stiffer springs and high-performance brakes amp up the fun factor and should result in a“thrillingly sporty driving experience,” MINI’s words, not mine.

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As you can see, this car’s paint is pretty unique. The color is called “Bright Highways Grey,” the final layer of which is actually hand polished.

The JCW’s aggressive exterior styling hints at strong performance but the company hasn’t said anything about what’s going under the car’s hood. Rumors strongly suggest a turbocharged four-banger with around 210 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. A sports exhaust lets it bark like a bulldog.

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Rounding things out this car ought to be able to scamper from a standstill to 60 miles an hour in less than six seconds but if you’re a true MINI fan it’ll probably weasel its way into your heart in half that time.

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GALLERY: 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Concept

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  • FormerMiniLover

    Pull your finger out mini!
    REALLY……..I loved your looks AND performance for so long….but your lagging way behind in the performance stakes these days which is now making me look to other brands! These HP and Torque levels are NOTHING by today’s standards when looking at the ever growing hot hatch market and frankly I’m quite surprised that the specs of the JCW have barely changed since 2007. Even the GP is a lagging behind when looking at the competition. : (