An early prototype of the 2015 MINI John Cooper Works was spied conducting winter testing in Scandinavia.
In the morning we brought live pics of the MINI JCW concept from NAIAS and now we take a look at the forthcoming production model which is set to arrive sometime this year. The concept gives us a clear indication about what to expect in terms of exterior styling from the range-topping MINI with a beefy body kit to match the additional power.
The vehicle spotted in these pictures is an early prototype wearing the body of the Cooper S but with the JCW-spec front bumper which has larger air intakes on its sides. We also notice the typical red JCW brake calipers for all four wheels and a centrally-mounted dual exhaust rear setup.
Power of the MINI John Cooper Works will come from a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which is expected to have an output estimated of 217 bhp (162 kW). The concept had 18-inch wheels but the production model will likely ride on 17-inch alloys and will feature a lowered sports-tuned suspension.
Set to be unveiled later this year, MINI could decide to show the JCW in March at the Geneva Motor Show or in September in Paris.