•   Engine
    Turbocharged 2.0L I4
  •   Power
    228 HP / 236 LB-FT
  •   Transmission
    6-Speed Manual
  •   0-60 Time
    6.1 Seconds
  •   Top Speed
    153 MPH
  •   Drivetrain
    Front-Wheel Drive
  •   Curb Weight
    2,885 LBS
  •   Seating
  •   MPG
    25 City / 31 HWY
  •   Base Price
There was supposed to be some track driving in this video. When Mini invited me to drive the 2015 JCW Hardtop, I was instantly interested because, well, I love cars and I love hot hatches. But adding to the excitement was the proffered time to drive the beastie on both a private racing circuit and an autocross-like cone course.

But the gods that watch over Internet video weren't with me on that day. My track driving footage was spoiled, and the autocross setup ever so slightly less than photogenic. Thankfully, the selection of hills and dales around the New York-Connecticut border is ample and attractive. Video recording of the JCW, complete with a mild-soundtrack of it spitting out 228 horsepower was saved.

For those of you that missed the written First Drive feature, this paragraph summarizes my feelings rather neatly:

"It only took fifteen minutes of driving on the lilting, tree-lined roads outside of New Haven, CT, to realize that the 2015 Mini JCW Hardtop was a lot less pissed off. And with more power, refined ride quality, a better interior, and an available automatic transmission, a lot more suitable for a wide variety of drivers. The little hellion has matured."

If you need more depth than that, by all means go back and read the full report. Or if you'd like the more visceral experience of riding along with me (what a treat!) just stop reading now and watch me talk near a camera.

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