Mini unveils John Cooper Works Concept

Updated: 

Think 'concept car' and images of whacky futuristic designs are usually brought to mind, designs that rarely see the light of day and usually only go on to vaguely influence road-going models.

Park those 'concept car' thoughts for now as the recently released Mini John Cooper Works concept images (pictured in the gallery below) lean heavily towards a finished product.

Mini has already revealed its plans for the upcoming hatchback range at both the LA and Tokyo motor shows earlier this year but diehard hot hatch fans were left waiting for a hot John Cooper Works version.

This concept could sate enthusiasts' appetites as it indicates exactly what we can expect in a production model – namely massive air intakes at the front of the car that fill the space normally reserved for fog lights.

A JCW-specific aerodynamic bodykit also features contoured side skirts, a rear diffuser and a nifty roof spoiler that is said to "channel air efficiently around the C-pillars for optimised aerodynamic balance at high speeds."

The typical bonnet air scoop that has featured on all turbocharged Minis since they were unveiled to the public in 2001 further highlights sporting intentions, as does a new twin-pipe exhaust system with a special JCW silencer for an unmistakeable soundtrack.

Details released by the BMW-owned marque have mainly surrounded aesthetics but it is highly likely that the fiery model will feature an uprated version of the 2-litre turbocharged unit that has been confirmed on the upcoming Mini Cooper S model.

We will have to wait until the official reveal of the Concept at the Detroit motorshow next month to see exactly how powerful it will be.

In the meantime, you can check out the gallery below

Mini John Cooper Works Concept

Mini John Cooper Works Concept