Mini models may keep getting incrementally bigger, but then so do their engines. Or more powerful, anyway – especially when it comes to the John Cooper Works performance models. The JCW version of the first (post-revival) generation R50, which was really more of an upgraded Cooper S than its own model, packed a 1.6-liter supercharged four with 200 horsepower. The following R56 JCW upped that incrementally to 208 hp, but the next Works hatchback is now rumored to pack around 230 horses.

Tipped to be revealed in both three- and five-door body-styles at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show half a year from now, the F56-gen Mini John Cooper Works hatchback is expected to use the same 2.0-liter turbo four as the new Mini Cooper S, but increasing the output from 189 hp to approximately 230. That would mean it would be more powerful than either of the two previous John Cooper Works GP editions to make the new JCW the most powerful road-going Mini to date, backed by 285 pound-feet of torque driving through a six-speed manual or available automatic transmission to deliver what promises to be a blistering pace for the latest retro hatchback.



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      Can Of Minus
      • 5 Months Ago
      That much torque in a car that weighs that much!? This is going to need an LSD or one heck of an e-diff.
        valve_addiction
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Can Of Minus
        Wouldn't matter, my old MS3 had 280tq and a real LSD and they still severly limited boost in 1st and 2nd gear due to traction problems. LSD helps but you'd still be spinning like crazy with 285tq on FWD.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Wow. 230hp in their top-of-the-line sport model? I wonder how VW is going to respond, since their $26k GTI with a Performance Pack has only...wait, that can't be right...230hp? Well, how about Ford? Their $27k Focus ST only has...247 hp. Well, I guess it doesn't matter, since I wouldn't be able to afford the JCW model anyways. If anyone needs me I'll be down here in "poor man's" land, struggling to get by with my limited affordable options...like the new $26k 2015 WRX with its measly 268hp...and AWD. Can't wait to see how much Mini thinks their 230hp is worth :) And for what it's worth, I am actually a Mini fan...just think they're stupidly overpriced for what you get. Why do we like Mini's again?
      AcidTonic
      • 5 Months Ago
      Coimmuter cars make 200-230hp from their turbo 2.0's. If this is a sporty model I'd minimally expect to see 270hp..... Then it'd be something worth checking out.
        Schwy
        • 5 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        agree, and not be overpriced. this will probably be 45k
        jtav2002
        • 5 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        And there in lies the problem. These are already overpriced as is IMO. Plus you eventually get into the realm of needing AWD then or the extra power starts to become a moot point.
        valve_addiction
        • 5 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        It's all about weight. And no standard commuter cars do not make 200+HP. Look at the Corolla/Focus/Cruze/Jetta they have respectively 132/160/138/115 horsepower for an average of only 136hp. That would put a 230hp Mini 67% above your average commuter car and the Mini's are still lighter than those cars
      SloopJohnB
      • 5 Months Ago
      Needs AWD and about 300hp to compete with VW GTI
        emagdnim653
        • 5 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        If by "vw gti" you mean golf r and "needs awd" you mean "no i doesnt since a golf gti is fwd and puts out the same power and weighs more" then yes I agree with your statement.
      turbo_awd
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's too bad that BMW is holding back the Mini's top output. They already get 240hp out of a 2.0l turbo for the 328i. Evo gets 300, AMG gets 345 HP for the CLA or whatever it's called. The JCW can't get anywhere close to the 300hp mark - otherwise sales of the 235/335 would drop..
        Andrew Hyland
        • 4 Months Ago
        @turbo_awd

        Are you saying people are cross shopping a mini cooper with a 2/3 series bmw?