• Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: CarPix
  • Image Credit: CarPix
Mini fans have had plenty to chew on lately. In the past month alone, the Anglo-Saxon automaker revealed its quirky, one-off Paceman Adventure pickup and dazzled showgoers over the weekend at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este with the Superleggera Vision concept. But what enthusiasts (to say nothing of dealers) have been really waiting for since the debut of the new Mini hatchback late last year has been the new John Cooper Works performance model. And that's just what we have here.

Spied undergoing testing at the Nürburgring, this JCW prototype looks about ready for production, but is still keeping its front end under wraps. We can still discern the larger front intakes and bigger brakes with red calipers front and rear, and while the rear bumper is still stock, the wheels are definitely JCW: similar to those worn by the John Cooper Works Concept unveiled in Detroit a few months ago, they look more like five-spoke versions of the outgoing GP model's four-spoke units than the BBS-style alloys of the last John Cooper Works hatchback.

The new JCW is still probably a few months away from debut, but we're expecting around 230 horsepower under the hood when it does arrive.


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      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      Priced like a BMW if previous ones were any indication. Would rather save up for a 235i
      Red_Wing_2121
      • 10 Months Ago
      That's a fat MINI...
      I Know Soccer
      • 10 Months Ago
      No....just no. It is no longer a Mini. Fiat 500 Abarth will now come in Automatic.....perfect timing because the Mini just lost its appeal. Personally, I only like driving manual but the majority of Americans apparently don't.
      Henry Z. Floyd
      • 10 Months Ago
      Oh my god... it looks so huge! It looks like someone took a Mini and pumped it full of lard. Or maybe just used the Photoshop liquify tool to bloat it up. I know I'm not the first person to point that out, but... god damn. Minis just aren't mini anymore.
      MacProMan
      • 10 Months Ago
      hurry up and bring this to market MINI!
      untitledfolder
      • 10 Months Ago
      Awesome, should be a stunner. Last JCW was one of the most fun cars I've driven (second to probably Cayman).
        ravenosa
        • 10 Months Ago
        @untitledfolder
        I didn't enjoy driving one at all. The FWD drive was impossible to ignore, the ride was too harsh, the steering left a lot to be desired, the engine sounds harsh/cheap, the interior is ridiculous. Can't think of a kind thing to say about it other than it has a small turning radius. An old WRX is more fun to drive, or if you must drive a FWD box, I think the Focus and Mazdaspeed3 are MUCH more fun to drive, without making you look ridiculous. Heck, drive a MX-5 some time!
      inclinelongboards
      • 10 Months Ago
      I could still do without that crazy front bumper air ducting. Although I'm partial to the Countryman since I own one...
      Lab Ninja
      • 10 Months Ago
      Maybe this version won't spontaneously combust.
      ravenosa
      • 10 Months Ago
      Driving/being a passenger in one was one of the most unpleasant experiences I've had in a car. I had to kindly tell my friend who just bought one that I don't think I can ride in the thing unless we don't have any other transportation option. On regular roads, the little thing just is not enjoyable as a way to get around. We hopped in his to go golfing but I convinced him to turn around so we could switch to my car. No way was I going to be stuck in that thing for almost an hour. Terribly tuned car unless you like FWD and just go to the track. But if you just go to the track, why would you get a FWD car in the first place? Strange little car. Especially for the price with that interior/exterior...
      ynguldyn
      • 10 Months Ago
      Coming to the dealership near you in May 2015.