Hey, remember the 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Concept unveiled before last Christmas? We haven't heard much from that car in a while. But it's apparently still on, and it's also reportedly getting a pretty nice power bump over the old JCW Cooper.
The old JCW Minis — still available in Coupe, Roadster, Paceman and Countryman forms — have a 1.6-liter turbo four with 208 horsepower and up to 207 pound-feet of torque with overboost. It's definitely not bad, especially for the smaller cars.
But when the new for 2014 Mini Cooper gets the JCW, it will get a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four with 230 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque, according to this report in Autoweek. That motor is a variant of the turbo four in the Cooper S, which has 189 horsepower.
Like I said, that's a solid boost in power, and one that should put the JCW closer to GTI territory — only presumably quicker, since while the new Cooper has grown in size, it's still pretty small compared to its competitors.
Autoweek says we'll see a JCW version of the two door and five door Cooper at next year's Detroit Auto Show. Sounds like fun.