New JCW Mini concept features new bodywork and tuned performance
Darren Moss
13 January 2014

A new Mini John Cooper Works concept has been seen at the Detroit motor show.

The concept is based on the 2014 Mini hatchback, and sits on 18-inch alloy wheels.

While Mini has yet to confirm which engine powers the JCW, it is likely to be a tuned version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine found in the Cooper S.

The new JCW Mini is both longer and wider than the outgoing model, which Mini says has improved its driving characteristics.

Larger air intakes can be seen at the front of the model, alongside LED headlights and a new front bumper and grille surround. New skirts flank either side of the car, while the rear gets a new apron and diffuser. A new sports exhaust is also fitted.

The concept car also features a rear spoiler and additional bodywork to channel air around the C-pillars.

Although Mini officially refers to this John Cooper Works version as a concept for the moment, it is very likely that a production model will be sold.

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17 December 2013
...just not painted.

Have to admit though, the brushed stainless/aluminium finish looks great.

Now then, time to attack our SEAT with some paint stripper.

17 December 2013
Whoever is responsible for designing the nose and tail for this car, really shouldn't give-up the day job.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

17 December 2013
As a serial MINI owner and fan, I have to question why the lower intakes on this JCW concept have to be so damned ugly. There is zero design integrity behind them and they are like zits on the chin!

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17 December 2013
The Mini becomes ever more banal. In my view, design integrity is one thing the (BMW) Mini has never had. Bulbous, poorly proportioned, over-styled and with the worlds ugliest stick-on graphics and they obviously haven't stopped yet.

17 December 2013
with F. Bob

17 December 2013
Any truth to the rumours that the car's UK launch will just be a load of BMW executives dancing on Issigonis' grave?

17 December 2013
"The new JCW Mini is both longer and wider than the outgoing model"

Well there's a surprise. As far as I can tell, every single new car is longer (and often wider and heavier) than the car it replaces. When does it stop? BMW can put a 1-series below the 3-series, but what happens when they keep growing - they make a -1-series?!

30 December 2013
RogerGraham wrote:

"The new JCW Mini is both longer and wider than the outgoing model"

Well there's a surprise. As far as I can tell, every single new car is longer (and often wider and heavier) than the car it replaces. When does it stop? BMW can put a 1-series below the 3-series, but what happens when they keep growing - they make a -1-series?!

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17 December 2013
Weird sticky out bottom grill chin thing aside, I quite like it. Looks loads of fun. Just hope the ride has been sorted out over the previous car, though.

I know there will always be the MINI haters out there, there always is when ever there is a MINI related article. I used to be as well, until I drove and bought one. Niggly faults aside (all cars have them), it was a great car to own. Even in standard cooper spec, the way it went down a back road was a riot!

As for it being bigger, longer etc, surely that is in answer to those who criticize it for lack space in the rear, along with all the safety buyers expect.

17 December 2013
superstevie wrote:

As for it being bigger, longer etc, surely that is in answer to those who criticize it for lack space in the rear, along with all the safety buyers expect.

But who is it that actually wants the MINI to be bigger?
After 9 years and on my 3rd MINI I've never wanted it to be bigger, nor has anyone else I know who's owned one for any length of time. Its my only car but has no problem coping with the one or occasional second passenger I want to carry, and has plenty of room for any associated luggage or bulkier items if you fold the seats down. It seems to me its journalists, and people who really should be considering a different car that want it to be larger. After all, no-one is forcing you to buy one: it is possible to go and have a look at one in a showroom, and if its not big enough for you, go and buy something else :)

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