But even our expectations were thrown for a loop after finding out that Mini wasn’t wasting any time with debut of the John Cooper Works Concept , which is now penciled to arrive at the 2014 North American International Auto Show .
Thinking about it now, it does make perfect sense because Mini always earmarks its major debuts for major auto shows, and the next one on the docket is Detroit this coming January.
More importantly, the buzz generated by the debut of the next-generation Cooper is still circulating to this day, and nobody likes to play around with ’buzz’ more than Mini.
So yeah, it makes perfect sense, if you really consider the circumstances.
Oh, and the Mini John Cooper Works Concept is all sorts of awesome. That, alone, should be worth an extra jolt of anticipation in time for its debut in Detroit in a month’s time.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Concept.
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In the time-honored tradition of the JCW Mini, the new John Cooper Works Concept offers a plethora a unique Bright Highways Grey finish that’s far more awesome than the name suggests. Seriously, take a closer look at the photos and you’ll notice how the color has that kind of brushed-aluminum finish to it that sparkles under the sun. Serving as a sick contrast to the Bright Highways Grey color is Mini familiar red accents, which you can see on the roof, the roof spoiler and exterior mirror caps.
Running down the length of the concept, from the bonnet all the way to the rear hatch is another Mini trademark: the sport stripes. This time, though, Mini went for a two-color dress-up, giving the hood and hatch a Chili Red finish, while the roof gets the white-stripe treatment.
The sharp balance that the three colors have give the John Cooper Works Concept that truly distinct look that you really kind of expect from Mini at this point.
As if the colors of the John Cooper Works Concept aren’t stunning enough, Mini also unloaded a plethora of bespoke aerodynamic features on the vehicle, none more prominent than the modified front apron that now features air intakes in place of the fog lights on the standard Cooper.
It’s pretty clear that Mini worked on turning the JCW Concept into a more performance-oriented Cooper, hence all the work in fine-tuning the vehicle’s aerodynamic characteristics. The contoured side skirts and the roof spoiler play their equal parts, too, improving the channel of air around the car and ensuring that even when its blasting along the roads, it’s still maintains that balance drivers want out of their cars, specifically something as fun to drive as the JCW Concept.
The final piece of the puzzle for the JCW Concept is as important as any yet is located specifically in a place where not a lot of people pay much attention to it. Go the the rear, crouch down, and observe the tailpipes. That’s a new sports exhaust system that comes with a JCW silencer, ensuring that even when you’re running on high speeds, the vehicle remains calm, cool, and collected.
In many ways, that’s really how you can best describe this concept: it’s calm, cool, and collected, with a sprinkle of spice added to the mix.
Gallery Mini John Cooper Works Concept
The next-generation Mini Cooper made its long-awaited debut last month and while initial glances seem to point to a relative lack of distinctive changes, a closer look will tell you the exact opposite.
Among other things, the new Cooper received a revised grille with a smooth, one-piece chrome frame. The headlights were also revised with new graphics and clearly structured inner workings. But the biggest change is the overall shape of the nose, which is far less upright than the previous generation, a change that has given the Cooper a more athletic profile.
Under its hood, the new Cooper gets a variety of engine options, including a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder that delivers a total of 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds with the manual transmission or 7.8 seconds with an automatic with a top speed of 130 mph.
Gallery Mini Cooper
Hallmark MINI style and technology lifted straight from the race track come together to mould the inimitable character of a John Cooper Works model, rendering the MINI sub-brand a byword for irresistible go-kart feeling and genuine everyday usability. And now a new contender for pole position has emerged to take this successful concept to the next stage and bring the promise of maximum driving fun to the small car segment. The MINI John Cooper Works Concept offers a look ahead to the next generation of the elite sports model. The study car will be presented for the first time at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2014 and flies the flag for innovative sportiness in time-honoured John Cooper Works style, with features including exclusive body paintwork in Bright Highways Grey, familiar MINI red colour accents, bespoke aerodynamic features and 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in a newly developed design.
The thrillingly sporty driving experience on board a John Cooper Works model is the result of an overall concept developed on the back of the brand’s many years of motor sport experience. The precise interplay of the ultra-high-performance powertrain and chassis technology with the car’s aerodynamically optimised exterior features ensures that the agile and surefooted handling we have come to know as the MINI go-kart feeling shines brightly in extremely sporty driving situations as well. The result is hardcore driving fun, taken into a new dimension by the MINI John Cooper Works Concept.
Perfect basis and extensive racing expertise deliver a new dimension in extreme driving fun
The John Cooper Works Concept is based on the latest-generation MINI. Its origins are clearly recognisable in the longer wheelbase and wider track over the outgoing model, which has a direct effect on the car’s driving characteristics. The model variants of the new MINI available from launch have already shown themselves to be more powerful, punchy and agile than their predecessors. Weight savings and improved aerodynamic properties have also contributed significantly to the new car’s driving talents – and these developments likewise have a positive influence on the MINI John Cooper Works Concept.
Large air intakes – filling the space reserved for fog lights in the series-produced MINI models – and precisely formed air-channelling elements mark out the front apron of the MINI John Cooper Works Concept, which also features LED headlights and a black surround for the front grille. The model-specific John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit also comprises specially contoured side skirts and a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser element. The study car further features a roof spoiler and additional body components designed to channel air efficiently around the C-pillars for optimised aerodynamic balance at high speeds.
Exclusive body paintwork, familiar contrast colour
The Bright Highways Grey exterior paint shade owes its expressive character to a special manufacturing process. The hand-polished surface layer is finished with a clear coat and the resulting lustrous sheen of the paintwork further accentuates the eye-catching structures of its pigment layer. Exuding purity and solidity, this paint finish is complemented by John Cooper Works hallmarks such as contrasting red for the roof, roof spoiler and exterior mirror caps. Also included are Sport Stripes – in Chili Red for the bonnet and boot lid, and in white for the roof. Additional red accents adorn the rim wells of the John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels, the callipers of the sports brakes, the side indicator surrounds and the contour lines of the front and rear apron. A red accent line also lends particular emphasis to the John Cooper Works logo on the radiator grille.
A further nod to the concept car’s impressive sporting focus can be found in the centre of the rear apron. The MINI John Cooper Works Concept is fitted with a sports exhaust system including John Cooper Works silencer system, and the striking twin tailpipes with chrome finish also carry the John Cooper Works logo. With the new elite sports model destined to benefit from further development, these features suggest its enticingly sporting aura will not be restricted to visual features: an unmistakable engine soundtrack promises to share centre stage.