Australian media has managed to acquire the first images and details with the 2015 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works (JCW).

Australian media has managed to acquire the first images and details with the 2015 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works (JCW).

At the beginning of the year in Detroit during the 2014 NAIAS we saw a near-production MINI John Cooper Works concept and now the vehicle is ready to go on sale. It will debut next month at the same show and as you can see it looks slightly toned down compared to the concept but the overall appearance has been maintained.

CarAdvice says the new MINI JCW is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine delivering 228 bhp (170 kW) between 5,200 and 6,000 rpm while peak torque stands at 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) available in the 1,250 – 4,800 rpm range. When mated to the standard six-speed manual, the range-topping MINI will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 6.3 seconds but if you choose the optional six-speed auto the sprint will take 0.2s less.

The manual MINI JCW will have an average fuel consumption of 6.7 liters / 100 km (35.1 mpg US or 42.1 mpg UK) whereas the auto variant will need 5.7 liters / 100 km (41.2 mpg US or 49.5 mpg UK).

Riding on 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch optional), the MINI JCW comes with Brembo brakes and benefits from an electronic differential lock while at an additional cost the customer can select adaptive dampers which come with sport and comfort settings.

It weighs 1,205 kg which makes it 100 kg lighter than its predecessor and is fitted on the inside with a three-spoke sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedal set, updated instrument cluster, a different gear lever and what appears to be black Alcantara with red accents.

A full official reveal should arrive shortly.

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