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2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Revealed Before Detroit Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2014 Joseph Capparella
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Revealed Before Detroit Show

The hottest version of the new F56 Mini hatchback is here, and will make its official debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. The 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop boasts more power than its predecessor and retains other tenets of the JCW package like an upgraded suspension and some extra visual bits inside and out.

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We heard rumors about the John Cooper Works Hardtop’s new powertrain a few months back, and we now have confirmation that this hot hatch is powered by an uprated version of the Mini Cooper S ’ 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A total of 228 hp and 236 ft-lb of torque are on tap, and the JCW Mini can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or an six-speed automatic transmission. The 20 extra horses compared with the previous JCW Mini will make for a quicker 0-60 mph sprint of 5.9 seconds with the automatic or 6.1 seconds with the manual, according to Mini.

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Chassis enhancements include a standard sports suspension with stiffer tuning front and rear, an optional dynamic damper control system, and a Brembo brake package replete with Mini-branded red calipers. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, with two-tone, 18-inch alloys available as an option.

The look of the new JCW Mini doesn’t come as much of a surprise either, since one year ago Mini revealed a concept version of this car. Not much has changed since then, as the production John Cooper Works Mini has the same wheels and a similar body kit to that extroverted concept. Like all Minis, the JCW Hardtop will offer all sorts of customization accessories like the black hood stripes, mirror caps, and roof color of the pictured debut car. The body kit, which includes a different front fascia, some extra air inlets, and a rear diffuser and spoiler, are said to help cooling and aerodynamics at higher speeds.

2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop On the inside, the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop features sport seats trimmed in either cloth or leather. A JCW steering wheel is also standard, as are stainless steel pedals, JCW badges throughout, and plenty of piano black and red accent trim. A Cockpit Chrono package is also offered, adding three auxiliary gauges giving info on oil and turbo boost pressure along with a stopwatch chronometer.

Pricing for the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop should start significantly above the $24,950 starting price of a standard Cooper S. Look out for more information to come on this hotted-up Mini Cooper as we near its official debut in January at the Detroit auto show.

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