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MINI John Cooper Works Concept Revealed Before Its Detroit Debut

Last updated Monday, December 23, 2013 13:00 ET

Performance Trim of New MINI Hardtop Sports Bolder Styling

Peabody, USA, 12/23/2013 / SubmitMyPR /

The next-generation 2014 MINI Hardtop may have debuted at the LA Auto Show last month, but fans of the eccentric car were still left waiting for details on the performance-focused John Cooper Works trim. MINI has now released photos of the new John Cooper Works Concept ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, revealing a model with bolder styling and new exclusive design features.

Though it is labeled as a concept car, the John Cooper Works model slated for Detroit features exterior styling that should be mirrored in the production version due next year. New additions include a unique Bright Highways Grey paintjob complemented by a contrast red roof and several red accents, redesigned 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels and custom aerodynamic features like contoured side skirts and a rear apron with flaps and a diffuser. Up front, the new MINI John Cooper Works Concept dons a reworked black-mesh grille with a new black grille surround, large air intakes and circular LED headlights.

"The next-generation John Cooper Works Hardtop will take the wider track, longer wheelbase and lighter weight of the new MINI Hardtop and leverage them for an even sportier look and feel," said Gary King, general manager of MINI of Peabody, a Greater Boston MINI dealer. "The 2014 MINI Hardtop is already more powerful, more responsive and more agile than its predecessor, but the John Cooper Works trim will turn up the wick in both style and performance."

While MINI has yet to announce the engine specs for its next-generation John Cooper Works model, the vehicle could be in for a significant performance boost if the initial MINI Hardtop models are any indication. When it goes on sale next March, the base 2014 MINI Hardtop will house an all-new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that belies its small size by producing 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, increases of 13 horsepower and 48 pound-feet of torque compared to the outgoing standard four-cylinder engine.

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