2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hatch revealed

With a prodigious 227 bhp (170 kW / 231 PS), the new Mini John Cooper Works Hatch boasts more power than saloon car icons such as the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth, Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth and original BMW M3.

That output, which is provided by a 1,998 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine, allows for a top speed of 152 mph (246 km/h). Connected to a six-speed manual gearbox, the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes just 6.3 seconds, but order the six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission instead and the time drops to 6.1 seconds.

Mini John Cooper Works 3-Door Hatch (2015) Front Side

And the automatic alternative is more efficient, too. Its 49.5 mpg (5.7 l/100km) and carbon dioxide emissions of 133 g/km on the combined cycle decisively eclipse the 42.2 mpg (6.7 l/100km) and 155 g/km of the stick-shift version.

To match that extra performance potential, the John Cooper Works model gains upgraded suspension, recalibrated Servotronic electromechanical power steering and 17” lightweight wheels. Also fitted are Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers, redesigned bumpers and door sills, a larger rear spoiler and LED headlights. The cabin meanwhile features front bucket seats and stainless steel pedals.

Available options include a head-up display that shows rev lights and a gear indicator, bigger 18” wheels, the Dynamic Damper Control system and a unique Chili Red finish for the roof and door mirror caps.

UK prices for the John Cooper Works Hatch start from £22,865. Sales are due to begin in April 2015, following a public debut at next month’s North American International Auto Show.

Mini John Cooper Works 3-Door Hatch (2015) InteriorMini John Cooper Works 3-Door Hatch (2015) Rear Side

Mini John Cooper Works 3-Door Hatch (2015) SideMini John Cooper Works 3-Door Hatch (2015) Dashboard

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