Next Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Will Be an Appearance-Only Upgrade

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Mini recently overhauled its long-running Cooper model, but the upcoming John Cooper Works (JCW) edition won’t bring the commensurate boost in performance for the car that it usually does. The electrified next-gen cars will share a 215-horsepower front-axle-mounted motor, giving them modest range and acceleration numbers.


While the outgoing JCW had an almost 50-horsepower advantage over the standard car, Mini opted for a single drivetrain across the line this time around. That means the same 6.7-second 0-62 (100 km/h) time and 250-mile range on the WLTP cycle.


The new JCW will look significantly different from the standard car, bringing a red roof, hood graphics, and mirror caps. It also gets JCW-branded red brake calipers, gloss-black body accents, and exclusive two-tone wheels.


Inside, the JCW carries the same funky cabin design as its tamer counterpart. The round display screen, unique textured dash, and minimalist cockpit mirror the regular car, only with plenty of sporty red accents. The dash gets red checkered flag graphics, while the seats feature synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with red accent stitching.


Mini hasn’t announced pricing for the car, but we should learn more closer to its launch in 2025. The automaker has a range of electrified vehicles coming, including the Countryman, also expected for a 2025 release.


[Image: Mini]


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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Dec 08, 2023

    I don't understand how BMW keeps this brand in business.

  • Kwik_Shift Kwik_Shift on Dec 08, 2023

    One day I'll bring myself around to trying one of these out, with manual transmission. They look fun.

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    • Kwik_Shift Kwik_Shift on Dec 11, 2023

      No EV for me.

      Just an ICE JCW with a stick.


  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Dec 08, 2023

    Ah Mini, the news no-one was waiting for.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Dec 08, 2023

    "Appearance-Only Upgrade" -- much like Ford's 2025MY unpainted brushed-aluminum-finish F-150. 🙂

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