Last January at the Detroit Auto Show, the Oxford brand presented a project announcing the Mini John Cooper Works (JCW), the ultra sporty version of the third generation of the city car. At the time, this Mini JCW Concept car differed with its very aggressive bodywork, including notably a roof spoiler, 18 inch rims and particularly perforated bumpers. To run this concept, Mini was talking about borrowing the 4 cylinder 2.0 Turbo petrol engine of the Cooper S and increase the power.
Today, it seems that the wish of the engineers has been granted. In fact, following on from Autocar which doesn’t hesitate to cite internal sources, the next generation of the JCW Mini won’t give in to the current trend of downsizing. In all likelihood, the 2 litre direct-injection engine should see its power increased to more than 230 horsepower. Also, according to Autocar, this choice would be justified by the research into additional economies of scale, the two litre Turbo being largely distributed amongst the BMW range.
Concretely, under the hood of the John Cooper Works (which will be available in 3 or 5 door versions), the engine will offer approximately 234 hp and 350 Nm of torque, which represents an extra 21 hp and 70 Nm compared to the current generation. The user can choose between a manual or an automatic 6-speed gearbox. The JCW Minis should be officially presented, once more in Detroit, next January.
And you, what does this upcoming hot-hatch inspire?