Look out, it’s the top-spec Mini John Cooper Works Concept.
Those who like their cars with a bit of added go-faster stripe action will be happy to know the daddy of the range Mini John Cooper Works Concept is here for all to see ahead of its reveal at the Detroit motor show in January 2014.
The news, which comes a month after the all-new Mini was revealed, may suggest this is a concept car but what you see now is likely to change very little, if at all, before it goes on sale sometime next year.
Like the new Mini, the John Cooper Works Concept has a longer wheelbase and wider track, which its German manufacturer BMW claims will “contribute significantly” to the car’s “driving talents”.
Unlike the bog-standard Mini, however, there are black grilles with red inserts, large air intakes where the fog lights used to be, bespoke bumper, a fetching hand-polished Bright Highways Grey paintjob to let everyone know you own one of the most expensive Minis on the road.
Other extras include sporty side skirts, John Cooper Works badges, a rear apron with a diffuser, yet more red accenting on the roof and door mirrors, a sports exhaust and a tailgate spoiler that hopefully does more than just look pretty. No prizes for guessing its colour.
BMW is likely to reveal the exact specifications in January. Until then, we can only speculate it will feature a slightly uprated version of the 2.0-litre turbo found in the new Mini Cooper S. Bearing in mind the current John Cooper Works develops an impressive 208bhp, its successor is likely to be around the 220bhp-mark.
Expect it to cost £30,000 or thereabouts. That extra performance doesn’t come cheap, you know, as the GP edition will attest.
Mini John Cooper Works Concept pictures