The new Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) has been unveiled – offering a refreshed look, a new operating system, and better equipment.
Design updates on the exterior are brought along by round LED headlights and a hexagonal grille that features a red crossbar.
Enlarged air vents ensure optimal cooling of the all-important brake and drive systems, and model-specific side scuttles with an exclusive rear diffuser are there for form just as much as function.
In addition – model-specific sporty suspension keeps the car low, 17-inch light-alloy wheels enhance the look, and a choice between the JCW-exclusive Chili Red, Rebel Green, and Rooftop Grey metallic colours assure that your Mini looks different from the rest.
Also visible on the outside is the new standard addition of park distance control sensors, Brembo sports brakes, and a sport exhaust system with two 85mm stainless-steel tailpipes.
The latter provides an “emotionally powerful sound” when this pocket rocket drives past, and concludes the updated exterior.
The sporty aesthetic that the JCW name brings is present on almost every aspect of this Mini.
The interior features a borderless digital instrument cluster, sporty leather seats, and high-quality materials that enhance the dynamic look.
This includes aluminium pedals, a high-gloss piano black finish for the infotainment display, and brushed veneers.
A redesigned 8.8-inch infotainment display is new, too, and supports live widgets for the first time – along with audio, navigation, communication, and apps.
Ambient lighting in the cabin can be coordinated to a selected drive mode, too, so your Mini can be red inside when in Sport mode and blue when in Comfort mode.
A selection of optional extras are made available to further tailor the vehicle, and this includes steering wheel heating, lane departure warning, and Stop-and-Go with active cruise control.
Driving the new Mini JCW is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo engine that produces 170kW and 320Nm – connected to an 8-speed steptronic sports transmission.
This setup sends the car to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds.
Providing stopping power is the new, four-piston Brembo brakes, and the model-specific suspension setup keeps body roll to a minimum.
You can also opt for the new Adaptive Suspension package, which adds design elements as well as new driving dynamics.
“An additional valve smoothes out pressure peaks within the damper when driving over minor bumps, thereby creating a harmonious driving experience,” said the company.
“The necessary adjustment takes place within 50 to 100 milliseconds.”
Local availability and pricing for the new Mini John Cooper Works has not been confirmed as of yet.