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Mini ups the ante with its most powerful car ever

The new Mini John Cooper Works is the most powerful Mini ever
The new Mini John Cooper Works is the most powerful Mini ever
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The JCW is fitted with a new rear bumper and spoiler
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The JCW is fitted with a new rear bumper and spoiler
Although this generation is bigger, the Mini has retained its short overhangs
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Although this generation is bigger, the Mini has retained its short overhangs
Mini claims that the JCW's aero is all functional
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Mini claims that the JCW's aero is all functional
The JCW's engine is torquier than the engine it replaces, which allows better in gear performance
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The JCW's engine is torquier than the engine it replaces, which allows better in gear performance
The Mini's rear spoiler fits in with the car's side skirts and more aggressive bumpers
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The Mini's rear spoiler fits in with the car's side skirts and more aggressive bumpers
A manual or automatic gearbox is available
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A manual or automatic gearbox is available
Inside, the Cooper JCW is fitted with race seats
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Inside, the Cooper JCW is fitted with race seats
The JCW's infotainment system is the same as that in the standard Mini
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The JCW's infotainment system is the same as that in the standard Mini
Special kickplates are one of the ways that the JCW is differentiated from standard Coopers
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Special kickplates are one of the ways that the JCW is differentiated from standard Coopers
The new JCW returns 35 mpg
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The new JCW returns 35 mpg
Three pedals is still the recipe for driving fun with a Mini
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Three pedals is still the recipe for driving fun with a Mini
Being a Mini, there are a raft of optional extras available
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Being a Mini, there are a raft of optional extras available
The new Mini John Cooper Works is the most powerful Mini ever
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The new Mini John Cooper Works is the most powerful Mini ever

The power output of Mini's John Cooper Works continues to grow. The first "modern" JCW Cooper was released in 2002, and made do with 200 hp (150 kW), which became 211 hp (155 kW) when the R56 Cooper was released. For the latest John Cooper Works, Mini has managed to serve up 231 hp (172 kW), making it the brand's most powerful car ever.

Powering the new JCW is a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which backs up its 231 hp (172 kW) with 320 Nm of torque, for punchy in-gear performance. Mini claims the extra torque helps make the new engine more flexible than the one it replaces, allowing it to surge from 50 to 75 mph (80 - 121 km/h), 10 percent faster than the outgoing model. It will also get to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.3 seconds, or 6.1 if you spec an automatic gearbox, making it quicker than last year's John Cooper Works GP.

As well as being quicker, the new JCW Cooper is also more economical than the car it replaces. Mini claims the manual car will return 6.7 l/100 km (35 mpg) on the combined drive cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 155 g/km.

Being a Mini, there are a raft of optional extras available
Being a Mini, there are a raft of optional extras available

To deliver the sharp handling for which Mini is renowned, the latest Cooper JCW has been fitted with stiffer suspension and a sharper steering setup, as well as four-piston Brembo brakes that hide behind 17-inch lightweight John Cooper Works wheels. The JCW is also fitted with a more aggressive bodykit designed to channel plenty of air to the John Cooper Works' uprated engine.

Putting the extra power down is an electronically controlled front differential, with stability and traction control to help keep things in check.

Although John Cooper Works is all about performance, the car is still a Mini, so it carries the same focus on style that is present in the rest of the Mini range. Eighteen-inch wheels are optional on the JCW Mini, and a larger spoiler sits atop the car's bootlid, complementing its side skirts and sporty rear bumper.

The new John Cooper Works is also available with an extensive list of optional extras, including a heads up display and Harmon/Kardon audio.

The new Mini John Cooper Works will debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. Mini is yet to announce pricing.

Source: BMW

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