Forecourt Update: MINI John Cooper Works Hatch
MINI To Reveal John Cooper Works Hatch At Detroit Auto Show
What Is it?
The MINI John Cooper Works Hatch is the most hardcore, performance focussed, and striking ca in the MINI range and will be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015.
The manufacturer claims this 3-door hatchback takes “hallmark MINI driving fun” to "a level of irresistible racing passion” with suspension “precisely attuned” to the track.
What Are The Engine Options?
Power comes from a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, petrol engine that produces 321hp and 320Nm of torque. It is the most powerful engine ever fitted to a production MINI. 0 - 62mph takes 6.3 seconds in 6-speed manual form, and 6.1 seconds in 6-speed automatic.
Combined fuel consumption with the manual transmission is 42.2mpg - with carbon emissions of 155g/km – and the auto version averages 49.5 mpg. Emissions are 133g/km.
What Are The Trim Options?
“John Cooper Works” is the trim and includes tuned suspension – in relation to tamer versions of the car – to “allow drivers to exploit” its power. The engine is reined-in by 4-piston Brembo brakes and traction control to minimise wheel spin while accelerating.
It also benefits from: bucket seats with integrated headrests, a multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles (auto only) and the stainless steel pedals and footrest. Optional extras include the MINI Head-Up display that incorporates rev lights and a gear indicator.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
MINI says that “aerodynamic changes have been designed with a purpose rather than for purely aesthetic reasons”. Highlights include the revised front apron that incorporates large engine air intakes, the distinctive side sills, and the model-specific rear apron.
The John Cooper Works also has LED headlamps with white indicators, wheel-arch surrounds, a special radiator grille, side scuttles and tailgate and trim specific badging.
How Much Is It?
The MINI John Cooper Works Hatch is available for £22,865 from April 2015.