Following a preview last month, MINI has officially unveiled the John Cooper Works Hardtop (aka Cooper JCW) at the North American International Auto Show.

Following a preview last month, MINI has officially unveiled the John Cooper Works Hardtop (aka Cooper JCW) at the North American International Auto Show.

Looking decidedly more aggressive than the standard model, the JCW features a new front fascia with larger air intakes and honeycomb grille inserts. The car also has aerodynamic side skirts, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a new rear bumper. Last but not least, there's LED headlights, a center-mounted dual exhaust system and exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels.

The interior comes nicely equipped with Dinamica / fabric sport seats, a sport steering wheel and stainless steel pedals. Other highlights include piano black trim, revised instrumentation and "John Cooper Works" sill plates.

Power is provided by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that develops 228 bhp (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. It enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as 5.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h).

Speaking of performance, the JCW also has a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes and an Electronic Differential Lock Control system.

The Cooper JCW will go on sale in the United States this spring and pricing starts at $30,600 - excluding an $850 destination & handling fee.

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