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2015 Mini John Cooper Works

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With a new Mini comes a new John Cooper Works. Mini showed off a concept version of the new JCW at Detroit , but now we have the first photos of the new machine out doing some winter testing in Sweden.

The car seen here is missing some of the Works body kit, namely the rear bumper, side skirts and wheels, but the massive brakes with their bright red calipers give this car away. If you needed more proof, the large center mounted exhaust has been a hallmark of the JCW line for years now.

When the car finally goes on sale, we expect it to look nearly identical to the concept version that was shown in Detroit .

Based on the all-new third-generation Cooper Hardtop , the latest John Cooper Works model is expected to be powered by an uprated version of the current four-cylinder turbo with around 230 horsepower. That will make the latest JCW the most powerful mini ever to hit mass production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.

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Mini John Cooper Works
Mini John Cooper Works
Mini John Cooper Works

Competitors

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford’s latest sporty hatch is dominating ever comparison test and making waves with enthusiasts. With nearly 200 horsepower and outstanding handling, it has become the darling of the automotive world. The new JCW will have to pack some serious hardware and abilities to dethrone this little wagon.

Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si Coupe

What was once the undisputed king of FWD fun, the Honda Civic Si has fallen from the spotlight in recent years. That doesn’t mean it still can’t hang with the big boys though. With a fresh exterior for 2014 and some increased power for its 2.4-liter engine, the Civic Si Coupe won’t go down without a fight.

History

The John Cooper Works line of Minis builds on the decades of of racing heritage from the original cooper that was piloted to victory by John Cooper himself. The current company John Cooper Works is a tuning house that was started by John’s son, Michael. The company is now a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW and is the in-house tuning arm for all Mini vehicles. It operates much the way BMW’s M division handles high-performance version of standard cars.

The first JCW model Mini was released in 2008 and was based on the Cooper Hardtop.



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