The John Cooper Works (JCW) MINI’s are always the most potent variant of the highly-customisable hot-hatch. And at the 2014 North American International Auto show in Detroit, MINI will be unveiling a John Cooper Works concept based on the all-new MINI hatch. The concept is a preview of the next generation production JCW model.
The latest version of the MINI has a longer wheelbase and wider track over the outgoing model, which has a direct effect on the car’s driving characteristics. Weight savings and improved aerodynamic properties have also contributed to a faster and more agile car overall.
Large air intakes – filling the space reserved for fog lights in the series-produced MINI models – and precisely formed air-channelling elements mark out the front apron of the MINI John Cooper Works Concept, which also features LED headlights and a black surround for the front grille. The aerodynamic kit also comprises specially designed side skirts, a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser, and a roof spoiler. The car is finished in a color called Bright Highways Grey, with red and white accents and 18-inch light alloy wheels.
MINI haven’t been very liberal with the details regarding the drivetrain or engine modifications – if there are any. The only power upgrade mentioned is a sports exhaust. Hopefully MINI’s engineers will come up with a few more engine and drivetrain enhancements for the JCW model before it goes into production.