Following yesterday's leaked images, MINI has officially unveiled the new MINI John Cooper Works.

The British company says the vehicle combines “authentic race feeling with the premium characteristics and extended product substance of the latest MINI Generation”. It also claims the car provides an “extreme driving fun and exclusive charisma”.

Previewed by the John Cooper Works concept at the 2014 NAIAS, the model features larger cooling air inlets, which occupy the space allocated to the fog lamps in the standard MINI 3 door, distinctive side sill and rear apron design and a JCW rear spoiler. We also find LED headlamps with white direction indicators, wheel arch surround with distinctive contours, a modified radiator grille, a sports exhaust system with special tailpipes and a new Rebel Green body paint finish.

The JCW is powered by the most powerful engine ever fitted in a production model of MINI. This is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TwinPower turbo unit with 231 HP (170 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) available in the 1,250 – 4,800 rpm range. Compared to the previous model, the output of the motor has increased by 10 percent, while the pique torque has risen by 23 percent. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic.

Acceleration figures show the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 6.3 seconds with the manual gearbox and 6.1 seconds with the automatic. The elasticity has also been improved – 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph) now takes 5.6 seconds, which is 10 percent faster than before. In terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the new MINI JCW offers a reduced to 5.7 l/100 km average consumption and 133 g/km of CO2 in EU test cycle.

The company has made significant improvements to the suspension technology too. The machine is fitted with a newly developed Brembo sports brake system, 17-inch John Cooper Works Race Spoke light alloy wheels, an electromechanical power steering with Servotronic, a Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control, while the Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available.

Further details can be found in the attached press release.

Gallery: New MINI John Cooper Works goes official with 231 HP

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