MINI unveils sporty John Cooper Works upgrade

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MINI has been busy tweaking its latest range of Coopers to come up with a turbocharged version of the S variant known as the John Cooper Works.

Named after the creator of the original mini, this little nipper has had its design tucked in places and enlarged in others to make room for vents and air intakes to cool its meaty engine. Speaking of which, engineers took the original 189bhp engine of the Cooper S and turned up the power to churn out 228bhp, which gives it more oomph than the top of the range VW Golf GTI.

Mini John Cooper Works

Mini John Cooper Works

How does that extra power affect performance? The John Cooper Works will accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds and keep going all the way to 152mph, which is frighteningly fast for a car this small.

To cater for the increased speed, Brembo brakes have been fitted, alongside retuned power steering and new suspension to keep both you and the car on the road. Inside things are just as dazzling as the car's performance. Perforated black leather with red stitching adorns the dash board, and big bucket seats with red trim hug the driver and passenger through corners.

There's no word on pricing as of yet, as MINI are planning for an official unveiling at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. But expect it to be north of the £18,650 asking price of the Cooper S.

By Matt Hussey