2015 Mini Cooper S

The third generation of reborn Mini is nearly upon us. Just look at the trail of breadcrumbs the Anglo-Saxon automaker has been leaving us.

First we saw the upcoming new Mini Cooper, spied from above at a photo shoot, which Mini was quick to point out was not its best angle. Then BMW's retro-hatch division showcased the Mini Vision concept, and followed up just yesterday with details of the new engines and chassis that will underpin the latest model. And now we have the clearest batch of spy shots we've seen yet.

Not only were these shots taken from a better angle, but also show the new Mini in the more tempting Cooper S trim – complete with hood scoop, split-spoke alloys, roof spoiler and twin central exhaust tips.

While lower-spec models will take their motivation from a three-cylinder engine, this Cooper S (which will form the top spec until the JCW model arrives) will pack a 2.0-liter turbo four cranking it 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Look for the new generation of Minis to launch in the Spring.