Leaked: 2015 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works (JCW) shows its face

Article by Christian A., on December 10, 2014

The all-new 2015 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works (JCW) will make its official debut next month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but ahead of the debut the naughty hot hatch showed its face on the Web. As expected, the vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 228 hp (170 kW) between 5200 rpm and 6000 rpm as well as 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque available between 1250 rpm and 4800 rpm.

The engine pushes the small vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds when using the standard six-speed manual gearbox and in 6.5 seconds when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The engine promises to offer an average fuel consumption of 6.7 l/100 km (35.1 US mpg or 42.1 UK mpg) when equipped with the manual transmission and 5.7 l/100 km (41.2 US mpg or 49.5 UK mpg).

When it comes to design, the new 2015 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works (JCW) is pretty similar to the concept version unveiled earlier this year at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show.

We can see the stylish front bumper with plenty of air intakes, a new air scoop for the front hood, well-known alloy wheels and we expect to see central exhaust tailpipes at the rear as well as a rear roof spoiler.

Inside, the vehicle gets a three-spoke steering wheel, sports seats and aluminum pedals. Compared with its predecessor, the new 2015 MINI Cooper John Cooper Works (JCW) is 100 kg lighter and weighs 1,205 kg. More details to be revealed!

The latest generation of the Mini delivers a thrilling drive thanks to the brand’s signature concept that includes a front-wheel drive system, short overhangs, wide track, rigid body structure and a low center of gravity, as well as further developed suspension technology.

As standard, the new Mini John Cooper Works comes with a sports suspension, taking advantage of a single-joint spring strut front axle and a multilink rear axle, as complemented by a number of optimized elements that allows the car to achieve high levels of engine and driving performance.

To reduce its weight while increasing component rigidity, the front axle features swivel bearings made from aluminum as well as axle supports and wishbones made of high-strength steel. Thanks to model-specific axle kinematics, the new Mini John Cooper Works can offer an agile turn-in response and a precise steering sensation. Highly rigid steel are also extensively used at the rear axle to reduce weight and increase stiffness.

Both the front and rear axles feature tube-shaped stabilizers, helping the Mini John Cooper Works maintain precise yet controllable handling while optimized ride comfort even during sporty drives. These stabilizers are complemented by a groundbreaking axle bearing with a hydraulically damped engine mount and triple-path support bearings that can decouple the dampers from the body of the vehicle.

In addition, the new Mini John Cooper Works comes standard with an exclusive high-performance sports brake system, as designed in collaboration with the Brembo. Matched with the attributes of the Mini John Cooper Works, the system’s fixed caliper disc brakes ensure a consistent stopping power even when subsjected to intensive stress on the race track. Finished in red, the brake calipers sports the manufacturer's logo.

The Mini John Cooper Works rides on standard forged 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels in Race Spoke Design. The vehicle could be fitted with optional 18-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels in Cup Spoke Design.

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