Competes with: Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Looks like: A polished version of the John Cooper Works Hardtop Concept
Drivetrain: 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, six-speed manual or automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015
At last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Mini showed a “concept” version of the next-generation high-performance John Cooper Works Hardtop that looked all but ready for production with the exception of a strange paint job. It was a tease that left us wanting to know more about the unannounced engine and performance specs.
Now we have loads more details on the next JCW Hardtop. The new hopped-up Hardtop stayed true to the concept version with the exception of the textured paint effects and a few miscellaneous details. Based on the redesigned Mini Hardtop, the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop packs the most powerful engine Mini has ever slapped between the fenders of a production model, boosting output 39 more horsepower over the base engine.