Our spies have caught on camera a prototype of the MINI John Cooper Works Cabrio which was on the verge of crashing at the Nürburgring.

MINI unveiled the range-topping JCW hatchback at the beginning of the year in Detroit and now they are putting the finishing touches on its cabriolet equivalent that was seen a few days ago on the ‘Ring where the test driver lost control of a prototype and spun out, but luckily he didn’t actually crash into anything.

According to our spy photographers, the incident took place right after the driver started a new lap with a fresh set of tires which probably due to their low temperature didn’t offer a lot of grip, so the driver ended up performing a 180-degree spin.

There’s really not much to talk about in terms of design as it will look pretty much like the hatchback but it will eschew the fixed metal roof in favor of an electrically retractable soft top. The JCW Cabrio will utilize the same 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo engine with 228 bhp (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque channeled to the wheels through either a 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

Due to its slightly higher weight commanded by the added roof complexity, the open-top MINI John Cooper Works will be a tad slower than the equivalent hatchback which completes the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) task in 5.9 seconds and tops out at 153 mph (246 km/h).

We believe a reveal of the entire MINI Cabrio lineup is nearby taking into account a pre-production unit was photographed a few months ago on the assembly line in Born, The Netherlands.

Gallery: MINI JCW Cabrio test driver loses control and spins out at the Nürburgring

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