Things are heating up at the Nürburgring as MINI has started testing the 2012 John Cooper Works (JCW) Roadster on the legendary track.

Things are heating up at the Nürburgring as MINI has started testing the 2012 John Cooper Works (JCW) Roadster on the legendary track.

Looking virtually production ready, the high-performance model is distinguished by an aggressive body kit, a ventilated hood, beefier brakes and a center-mounted dual exhaust system.

Like the recently unveiled JCW Coupe, the Roadster will feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a peak output of 211 PS (155 kW / 207 hp) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque. It will be connected to a six-speed manual transmission, which will likely enable the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in approximately 6.6 seconds.

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2012 MINI JCW Roadster hits the 'Ring