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Officially unveiled after an early leak yesterday ahead of its world premiere at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, the third-generation John Cooper Works with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228-horsepower under the hood is the most powerful production MINI ever made.

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With the 2.0-liter turbo producing 20-horsepower and 29 lb-ft more than the 1.6-liter turbo unit it replaces, it gets 228-horsepower between 5,200rpm and 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 236 lb-ft from 1,250rpm through to 4,800rpm. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this three-door hatch is able to do a zerotohundred in 6.1 seconds, or with the optional six-speed Steptronic automatic, 5.9 seconds. Top speed for both transmissions is 246km/h.

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The John Cooper Works also gets a re-worked suspension system, a new set of Brembo brake system, an electromechanical power steering and a range of electronic aids like Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) and Performance Control, and also the optional Dynamic Damper Control.

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Since Mini had already teased the concept car this year, the looks of this new model is not that far off. It comes with a redesigned rear bumper with twin central pipes, a roof spoiler, and comes with 17-inch rims as standard or optional 18-inch light alloy wheels.

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As for the interior, the sculpted sports seats is covered with a model-specific upholstery in a quilted “Dynamica” fabric, black aluminium pedals, sports steering wheels, new instrument panel graphics and Piano Black and red trim accents.