So what do we have here? A fast Mini?Not just any fast Mini, no siree. This is the new John Cooper Works Mini Cooper, the beefier, more fear-inducing version of the Mini Cooper S.
How fast can it go?Mini claims the manual version will propel you to 100kph in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 247kph. The automatic will have the same 247kph top speed, but hits 100kph in 6.1 seconds. Pretty nippy then.
How does it manage that, then?More grunt beneath the bonnet, naturally. Performance differences include a revised 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine petrol engine. The B48 to all you BMW engine boffs. It also weighs 100kg less than the previous John Cooper Works, has specific suspension tuning and gets a Brembo brake system.
But how will people know that I'm driving a special Mini?Apart from the fact that you'll be hurtling away from traffic lights like a greased whippet? There are some design tweaks that show off more agressive styling; for starters, there's a new, custom designed front bumper with larger air ducts, new LED headlights, a wider spoiler on the roof, a deeper rear bumper and a pair of centrally mounted chromed tail pipes. And that's not all.
You mean there's more?Yup. The new John Cooper Works gets upgraded front seats with integrated headrests, a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and a new gear stick. And who doesn't like a new gear stick? There was a resounding 'ooooh' when we laid eyes upon it.
I'm sold. When can I get one?The new Mini John Cooper Works is expected to go on sale in April 2015 for £22,460 (S$43,935 without COE, mind you). It's getting a full public debut at the Detroit motor show in early January.