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2015 Mini Cooper S Convertible : Current Models

Based on the new redesigned Mini Cooper, the high-performance John Cooper Works model is longer and wider than before, and should offer a retuned suspension, more power and more cargo space.

New engines, a new chassis, larger dimensions and interior refinements mark important changes for the new Mini Cooper hatchback. Topping that lineup will be the 2015 Mini Cooper John Cooper Works model, the highest performer in the lineup.

Like the new third-generation Cooper and Cooper S, the John Cooper Works model will likely show only modest styling evolution, including a black bumper that blends with the grille to form a single, great gulping front fascia. The hood will also be higher, the windshield more raked and LED rings make the headlights more bug-eyed than usual. The JCW will also feature more aggressive front and rear venting and a rear spoiler.

The new Coopers ride on a front-wheel-drive platform that will be shared with BMW's future 1 Series models. Although the wheelbase is only 1 inch longer, overall length grows by nearly 4.5 inches, and width expands by 2 inches. The suspension design remains the same, but the Cooper's increased size forces a thorough retuning. We only hope the new Mini still wants to bend into and out of sharp turns like before.

A new engine lineup will give the John Cooper Works a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Mini hasn't announced specs, but expect somewhere around 220-230 horsepower and more than 210 pound-feet of torque; the new Cooper S makes almost that much low-end thrust in its four-cylinder application.

The John Cooper Works will come with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission standard. A six-speed automatic will be optional, likely with a "sport" version similar to the Cooper S, which offers snappier shift times and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Styling for all new Mini Coopers makes its largest leap inside, although form still triumphs over function. The comically large center stack now houses radio controls and a color display up to 8.8 inches wide, while the speedometer shrinks and joins a half-moon tachometer gauge in a free-standing cluster atop the steering column. BMW touches abound in new seats with thigh bolsters and a multimedia button/dial controller similar to iDrive in the center console.

Though we wonder if a longer Mini can still be as quick on its feet, there's no arguing with some of the benefits. Cargo capacity, for example, increases to 8.7 cubic feet (up 3 cubic feet), and rear legroom grows by an inch.

The 2015 John Cooper Works should go on sale late this fall, included in a forthcoming stream of Mini variants ? roadster, coupe, Countryman, Clubman ? planned for the next year. Check back for a full review of the John Cooper Works, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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