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Sneak Peek: The powerful new MINI John Cooper Works Hatch

This spring sees the launch of the impressive new MINI John Cooper Works Hatch.

What can we expect from the most powerful engine ever for a production MINI?  Drawing on MINIs motorsport expertise, the new JCW Hatch features suspension, aerodynamic, brake and interior enhancements. The 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo unit delivering 231 hp and 320 Nm, 6-speed manual transmission as standard, Exclusive 17-inch John Cooper Works Race Spoke light alloy wheels and high-performance Brembo brakes (with four-piston front callipers) make the JCW Hatch a force to be reckoned with!

The 0-62 mph time has been brought down by 0.2 seconds to 6.3 seconds with the manual gearbox, and by 0.6 seconds to 6.1 seconds with the optional six-speed Steptronic sports transmission compared to the previous MINI John Cooper Works. Thanks to the increased torque – acceleration from 50-75 mph is now 10 per cent quicker at 5.6 seconds too, so drivers can also experience much improved driving flexibility.

Some things haven’t changed; while the new MINI JCW Hatch boasts 42.2mpg fuel consumption with the manual gearbox and CO2 emissions of 155 g/km, your driving fun remains unaffected! Fuel economy also improves to 49.5mpg with the optional Steptronic sports transmission, with CO2 emissions of 133 g/km.

JCW Hatch Interior

Drivers can take advantage of the new MINI JCW Hatch’s extra power and torque,with tuning of the suspension and the Servotronic electromechanical power steering. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control allow for maximum enjoyment from the car. John Cooper Works 18-inch alloys are optional, as is Dynamic Damper Control.

The aesthetic changes to the new JCW Hatch come with a purpose. such as  the new front apron featuring large engine air intakes and distinctive side sills. the John Cooper Works spoiler and model specific rear apron allows us to recognise the difference from the MINI 3-door Hatch. The signature styling remains; with the addition of LED headlamps with white indicators, unique radiator grille, side scuttles and tailgate with JCW badging. The head turning looks don’t stop there, with sporty interior features such as stainless steel pedals and footrest, exclusive bucket seats with integrated headrests and instrument displays to name a few! Keep a look out for the stunning new colour option Rebel Green, available only on the JCW.

In true MINI style, you can also choose from a MINItastic range of personalisation options, including bonnet stripes, John Coope Works Pro Design accessories, Chili red roof and door mirror covers and model-specific MINI Head-Up Display.

Specification: 1,998 cc Capacity, (0–62mph) 6.1 seconds (auto); 6.3 seconds (manual) Acceleration, 152mph Top Speed, average fuel consumption: 49.5 mpg (auto); 42.2 mpg (man, CO2 emissions: 133 g/km (auto); 155 g/km (man).

Exterior dimensions: Length: 3,874 mm, Width: 1,727 mm, Height: 1,414 mm, Wheelbase: 2,495 mm.

The new MINI JCW Hatch goes on sale at at Elms Bedford MINI, Cambridge MINI and Stansted MINI from April 2015, with pricing starting from £22,865.

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