BMW’s MINI division has published preliminary details about the John Cooper Works Concept that will greet the public for the first time at next month’s Detroit Motor Show.
Billed as a close-to-production concept, the John Cooper Works show car previews the upcoming performance-focused version of the all-new 2015 MINI Cooper. It stands out from its regular-production counterpart thanks to a hand-polished Bright Highways Grey paint job with contrasting Chili Red accents, black trim around the radiator grille, aggressive bumpers with large air dams and a roof-mounted spoiler.
Low-profile tires mounted on 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, side skirts and bespoke emblems all around finish off the look.
Interior pictures were not published, and MINI has chosen not to reveal what lies in the John Cooper Works Concept’s engine bay. Rumors indicate the car is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends over 210 horsepower and 200 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, enabling the hatchback reach 62 mph from a stop in a little under six seconds.
As before, a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded Brembo brakes all around help the driver exploit the engine’s full potential.
Look for a full set of details about the MINI John Cooper Works Concept to emerge in the weeks leading up to its debut in Michigan. The production version of the show car will likely greet the public at next March’s Geneva Motor Show and go on sale next fall as a 2015 model.