Mini John Cooper Works revealed in Detroit

Mini John Cooper Works

Mini has lifted the covers off its latest John Cooper Works (JCW) hot hatch model at the Detroit motor show.

This third generation model is the most powerful Mini ever to sports the hallowed JCW badge. It develops 228bhp from a 2.0-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine – 20bhp up on the previous generation JCW, and 39bhp more than the lesser Cooper S model. Claimed performance figures consist of a rapid 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 153mph.

Power is sent to the front wheels, with buyers able to choose between a standard six-speed manual gearbox and an optional six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddles. An electronic differential lock ensures the surfeit of power is transferred to the road smoothly.

Despite the levels of performance on offer, Mini claims the new JCW will return 42.2mpg and emit just 155g/km of CO2 (49.7mpg and 133g/km with the automatic gearbox).

As is tradition for John Cooper Works models, the new car is based on the three-door version of the hatchback. Despite being larger in every dimension, the new model weighs 100kg less than its predecessor, which will likely pay dividends in performance, handling and economy.

And, like its forbears, the JCW features a number of sporty styling tweaks to differentiate it from its slower siblings. Amongst the additions are 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch items are available as an option), sports seats, stainless steel pedals and a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel.

The new Mini John Cooper Works is due to go on sale in the UK at the end of April, with a predicted list price of around £23,000. It is likely to be followed by JCW versions of other models in Mini's lineup, including the high-riding Paceman crossover.