Future Mini JCW Models will Sport New 230-HP Engines
Let’s face it. If you want a small-yet-speedy front-driver to take the fight to the muscle car crowd, you’ve got a few top choices: Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen GTI, and the John Cooper Works Mini. However, that later option is about to get a major tune-up. According to a new report from the UK’s Autocar, upcoming Mini JCW models will receive a potent 2.0-liter engine, which replaces Mini’s 1.6-liter mill. And with that larger output comes more horsepower and a load of torque. The new 2.0-liter unit, a variant of BMW’s B48 engine family, chucks out 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
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The engine it replaces generates 208 hp and 192 lb-ft, yet still catapults the current John Cooper Works Coupe from nil to 60mph in 6.1 seconds.
As for putting that power down to the road, future JCW models will likely fit either a new six-speed manual or an evolution of the group’s six-speed automatic ‘paddle-shift’ gearbox.
And speaking of evolutions, we expect the next-generation JCW to resemble an updated version of the Mini John Cooper Works Concept (above) that debuted in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, with an official production debut expected early next year.
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