Next month’s Detroit motor show will see the unveiling of the new MINI John Cooper Works.
Packing the most powerful engine ever for a production MINI, the JCW features a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit delivering 228 bhp and 236 lb-ft.
Compared with the previous JCW edition, the new model delivers 10 per cent more power and 23 per cent more torque. This brings the 0-62 mph time down by 0.2 seconds to a claimed 6.3 seconds when coupled with the six-speed manual gearbox.
The increased torque also means acceleration from 50-75 mph is now 10 per cent quicker at 5.6 seconds.
In terms of fuel economy, combined consumption with the manual gearbox is listed at 42.2 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 155 g/km. With the optional automatic gearbox fuel economy improves by 20 per cent to 49.5 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 133 g/km.
MINI says both the suspension and power steering have been tuned to allow drivers to exploit the car’s extra power, and there are newly developed four-piston Brembo brakes within 17-inch alloy wheels.
Aerodynamic changes include a new front apron with enlarged engine air intakes, side sills, a model-specific rear apron and a John Cooper Works spoiler. The JCW also has LED headlamps with white indicators, wheel-arch surrounds and a custom radiator grille, side scuttles and tailgate with JCW badging.
Interior details include bucket seats with integrated headrests and stainless steel pedals and footrest.