Sources close to BMW have revealed the upcoming 2015 MINI JCW will offer "around 230 bhp."
Previewed by a near-production concept, the all-new 2015 MINI JCW will reportedly make the switch from a 214 bhp 1.6-liter turbo to a newly developed 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It's derived from BMW's B48 engine also found in the warm Cooper S where it develops 189 bhp (141 kW) and 206 lb-ft (221 lb-ft with overboost).
In the range-topping John Cooper Works version, the motor will be further tuned to generate 230 bhp (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. The engine will work with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a revised 6-speed automatic transmission, with both of them being sourced from the Cooper S.
The model will allegedly be introduced in January 2015 at NAIAS in Detroit where MINI will also bring the JCW five-door hatchback.