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Spied! Mini John Cooper Works Prototype Has Almost No Camo

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/15/2014 Kelly Pleskot
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It's been quite a while since we've heard about the redesigned Mini John Cooper Works hatch, but it looks like development is well underway. Our spy photographers captured the Mini out testing in Germany with almost no camouflage, signaling to us that it's almost ready for the showroom floor.

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The new pics draw our attention to the bumpers, which are the only part of the car covered by camo. Even that camo is pretty limited, and we can clearly see the new front bumper has additional air intakes similar to those we saw on the JCW concept. The rear bumper is similarly vent-laden. Larger brakes as well as red calipers in the front and rear adorn the new JCW model.

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Although we don't see the interior in these shots, our shooter tells us that this particular model is missing a set of dials spotted in another prototype, which sit on the left side of the dashboard. This leads us to believe that this new feature will simply be an option on this hatch.

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So far, the entire refreshed Mini lineup has received a boost in horsepower. Expect the Mini John Cooper Works to come equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 230 hp, up from 208 hp in the current model year.

While you wait for the new Mini John Cooper Works to come out, feast your eyes on the JCW accessories recently announced for the 2014 Mini Cooper. In Germany, Mini is debuting a distinct engine tune that increases output on the car along with controllable flaps to enhance the exhaust note. Other accessories include black 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, unique mirror caps, and more.

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