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2015 Mini John Cooper Works Reportedly Gets Big Power Bump

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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.

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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.

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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.

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hammerheadfistpunch
HammerheadFistpunch

Reasons to buy a GTI instead:

1. A GTI comes with springs and dampers to reduce road imperfections and make driving tolerable, the JCW mini instead uses a special crystal that amplifies the roads imperfections

2. $8,000 - the difference in starting price between a JCW mini and a GTI, as in a GTI is 8 grand LESS money.

3. its been a long time since the Italian Job with Marky Mark.