• Spy Shots: 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Caught Testing in Munich

    The 2015 Mini Cooper JCW was caught testing with camo covering only its bumpers. It appears as if it is ready for its Motor City debut!

The 2015 Mini John Cooper Works is expected to make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Seeing as there’s still some time left before the JCW heads to the Motor City, our spy photographers captured the car almost completely undisguised, except for the swirly-camouflage beard, undergoing testing in Munich.

Unlike the spy shots from May 2014 that had the JCW doing test runs using a Cooper S body, this model appears to be as close to the final production model. That’s hardly surprising since Mini has pretty much spent the entirety of 2014 developing the new John Cooper Works in time for its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015.

The 2015 John Cooper Works is expected to receive a four-cylinder turbo engine that produces close to 231 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Should that be the final number, that’s going to represent a modest bump from the 218 ponies powering the outgoing model. It should also be enough to clear 60 mph in about six seconds.

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

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We're all excited to see the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works in Detroit.

The 2015 John Cooper Works is about as ready as a Detroit-bound production model is going to be. A lot of the production model’s details look to be in place, as it appears as if you can peel off that bumper camo and the car is pretty much ready to hit the auto show floor.

It seems as if all Mini is doing here is putting the model through its final paces before giving it the green light to hit the auto show circuit. Now we just need to countdown the days till its January 2015 debut.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Caught Testing in Munich Spyshots
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Noticeably absent from these photos are interior shots of the car.

A lot of the final design details are clearly visible now, including the new front bumper with new air intakes configured similarly to the ones used on the 2014 John Cooper Works Concept.

A quick peek behind the rather modest alloy wheels also reveals pretty large brake discs with red calipers to help bring this hot hatch to a halt. The bulging disc-like side sills are also present and the rear bumper, even though it’s also sporting the yellow camouflage, still shows a similar design to the JCW Concept.

Noticeably absent from these photos are interior shots. However, our spy photographer commented on the absence of the extra pack of dials sitting on the left top side of the dashboard that a previous prototype had. Don’t be surprised if these dials end up as an optional kit.

You may also notice that this prototype lacks the typical JCW decals. Don’t worry about that because Mini’s probably holding those off until the auto show. No need to advertise that the prototype is a JCW.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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